When it comes to quality bakkies (pickups), South African motorists are spoilt for choice with many available options. Now, that list is growing with the recent introduction by Group1 of the all-impressive, stylish, reliable and affordable JAC Motors range of bakkies and trucks. Among them, you will find the JAC T6 and JAC T8 double cab bakkies which are strong contenders in the closely contested local one-ton bakkie market with tremendous potential.
JAC Motors is becoming one of South Africa’s fastest-growing automotive brands and it’s no surprise considering the range of vehicles on offer at affordable prices. From the first JAC T6 double cab bakkie, the JAC X200 single cab and double cab workhorses to the JAC N-Series trucks and the new T8, JAC Motors is leading from the front.
JAC Motors officially launched in South Africa in July 2017 which marked a significant achievement for the automaker since entering the African market through Algeria in 2002. Since then, they have come a long way, steadily growing their African footprint and are currently exporting to 28 different African countries.
From humble beginnings with just ten dealerships in 2017 and selling an average of 15 units per month, JAC Motors has grown exceptionally fast. Between 2020 and 2021, there were 52 dealers countrywide, including 15 dealers selling and servicing its medium and heavy commercial trucks.
By extending its dealer network and product range, JAC Motors is now selling three times more units per month and Group1 is proud to be a part of this. It seems all stakeholders and customers are pleased with what they’ve accomplished in such a short time. They are especially proud of the enthusiasm shown by their dealerships who have implemented their highly-acclaimed global after-sales programme which aims to support the mobility needs of commercial and lifestyle customers.
“From the time we introduced the JAC Motors brand to the South African motoring public, our biggest priorities have been the extension of our dealer network and the implementation of rigid after-sales service capabilities, including a five-year/150 000-kilometre manufacturer warranty,” says Karl-Heinz Göbel, the CEO of JAC Motors South Africa.
In addition to JAC Motors increasing its dealer footprint in 2021 to 62 dealers spreading across South Africa, Namibia and eSwatini, they also opened a new national parts warehouse. It is 25% larger than the previous facility and has been designed to speed up the order and dispatch process significantly. A high-tech ordering system allows them to dispatch orders much faster than before while the new system also tracks parts in real-time so there are no disruptions in the delivery of parts.
“Remarkable growth and the fact that the brand is here to stay as a permanent fixture on the local automotive scene, made the investment decision in our new state-of-the-art parts warehouse easy,” said Göbel.
In 2018, JAC introduced the T6 one-ton double-cab bakkie with tremendous success. It quickly led to the new JAC T8 which looks absolutely sensational, not to mention the good price. Here is a quick look at the incredible vehicles from JAC Motors.
Although based on the JAC T6, the new T8 double cab bakkie is positioned above its predecessor. It’s been designed specifically to take on the current one-ton pickup range including GWM, Foton, JMC and BAW. However, judging by the looks, performance, features and affordable prices, the automaker expects it to compete against mid-range models from bigger name brands such as Mitsubishi, Fiat, Mahindra, Toyota and even Ford.
The new JAC T8 is about the same size as the current Toyota Hilux with a loading bay of 1520mm by 1520mm along with a few Hilux design elements. Designed by JAC Motors international design centres in Italy and Japan, the big chromed hexagonal grille, clamshell bonnet, and strong lines give the T8 a robust and sturdy appearance.
If the T6 and T8 are not big enough, there are also JAC workhorses suitable for nearly any job. At the top of the list competing with other big brands are the 1.5-ton JAC X200 SC and JAC X200 DC with ample load capacity in both a dropside or chassis cab. Not only are these vehicles practical and reliable but they also deliver a robust and no-nonsense approach to getting the task done right.
Those wanting an even bigger workhorse should seriously consider the JAC N-Series trucks. The impressive range of JAC lorries includes the fuel-efficient JAC 3-ton truck that offers among the best value for money in its class. Then there is the JAC 6-ton truck which personifies what the N-Series stands for; quality, reliability, functionality and low operating costs. If you are looking for a strong, reliable and affordable workhorse, get yourself behind the wheel of a JAC light truck today.
“Establishing and growing the JAC Motors brand in South Africa has been extremely rewarding. Many results over this period exceeded my expectations by far. From local customer acceptance of our product range to the global introduction of the company’s new N55EV electric truck, all characterise the makings of a successful automotive brand,” said Göbel.
Despite the issues faced by global automotive brands after the Covid-19 pandemic first struck in early 2020, JAC Motors still managed to export nearly 50 000 vehicles to several international markets. As a group, JAC has invested heavily in research and development to promote next-gen technology with 681 new-invention patents in 2020. They intend on accelerating the transformation of advanced technology into “continuous improvements” of the end-user experience.