JAC prepares for Australian launch

Key engineering executives from JAC Trucks’ truck division in China have met with Australian Department of Transport and Road Safety officials (DOTARS) to sign off on compliance for the vehicles ahead of their Australian launch later this year.

In late April, DOTARS officials and JAC engineering staff met at the headquarters of JAC Trucks Australia Pty Ltd (part of the WMC Group) in Sydney to finalise ADR approvals for the light-duty trucks that will be introduced into the Australian market later this year. Following on from this release, an expanded range of medium-duty trucks will be launched in 2012.

Managing director of JAC Trucks Australia Pty Ltd, Jason Pecotic, said the meeting was a significant milestone on the road to the introduction of JAC into the Australian market.

“Meeting the requirements and necessary documentation demanded by DOTARS was never going to be an issue however it was still a major achievement as we move closer to launch in Australia,” he said.

“JAC was always keen to achieve Australian compliance locked in but more significantly to understand the requirements and expectations of legislators in one of the most competitive markets in the world where we have some of the most demanding design standards.”

Mr Pecotic continued, “With ADR compliance now confirmed it ensures production of Australian models can commence in June with trucks hitting our roads around September. Work is continuing on preparing a wide range of other JAC models for the Australian market with extensive R&D and engineering underway at the moment.”

JAC is China’s leading manufacturer and exporter of light-duty trucks and comes in as a close second in both the medium and heavy-duty segments. In 2010, it recorded more than 329,000 truck sales.

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