JAC Motors to launch in New Zealand

In News2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineDecember 15, 2023

JAC Motors has announced the upcoming launch of its New Zealand distribution, trading under the Kiwi-owned name, JAC Motors New Zealand. It is also introducing two light trucks to the country with a 100% EV variant and its sister, a diesel Cummins variant, both arriving and launching in New Zealand soon.

While JAC is a relatively new player in the New Zealand market, the automotive brand has been around  for decades and has some heavy hitting credibility backing its range of light commercial trucks.

The JAC brand was launched in 1964 and is one of the  top commercial vehicle brands in China, selling passenger and commercial vehicles to over 100 countries  worldwide.

The initial New Zealand launch sees the appointment of two sales dealerships, a mobile national fleet team, and a nationwide parts and service network.

JAC’s trucks are backed by one of New Zealand’s longest standing automotive companies who are  incredibly proud to be introducing innovative brands to New Zealand, offering credible new vehicle  options to Kiwis.

With over a decade of automotive and trucking experience, the Kiwi team behind JAC have spent a lot of  time ensuring that the truck models are fit to support New Zealand businesses. Completing hundreds of  hours of test driving on New Zealand roads their 100% EV truck has been successfully reaching a real world city range of 200km with the truck fitted into a body and fully loaded. Giving a genuine-Kiwi range is something that the team wanted to stress as incredibly important.

“We know the ranges completed through testing don’t always stack up in the real world, especially when it comes to trucks with so many variables like a box body and carrying heavy loads,” said JAC NZ general manager Andrew Craw.

“Our team has been driving the trucks around the city fully loaded and we still haven’t managed to drain the battery in one day yet.”
The full launch of the JAC Motors New Zealand brand and range of trucks will come in 2024.