center and main assembly plants: Hefei, Anhui.
Design center: Turin, Italy.
Overseas R&D center: Turin and Tokyo.
||2015: 588,052 units (passenger
cars: 346,175 units)
2014: 446,802 units (passenger cars: 195,570 units)
2013: 495,737 units (passenger cars: 203,355 units)
2012: 448,813 units (passenger cars: 201,311 units)
2011: 466,459 units (passenger cars: 216,532 units)
2015 domestic sales by model:
J3 (Tongyue): 11,902 units
J4 (Heyue A30): 4,615 units
J5 (Heyue): 15,975 units
S2: 26,718 units
S3: 196,779 units
S5: 29,570 units
|Introduction||Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd. (JAC) is a state-owned car
maker based in Hefei city of Anhui province. It used to make only
trucks and commercial vehicles, but since it was listed on stock market
in 2001, it started building passenger cars. In recent years it is
benefited from the rising trend of SUVs and becomes practically an SUV
maker. JAC established a design and R&D center in Turin, Italy in
order to recruit Italian designers and engineers to develop its
||Hefei Jianghuai Automobile Factory was founded in 1964 by
the local government to manufacture trucks. While rivals like FAW
enjoyed the blessing and (indirectly) financial support of the central
government, Jianghuai was always struggling for survival. By 1990, its
sales dropped below 1000 vehicles a year. However, by the turn of the
Century, it was reformed and renamed to Jianghuai Automobile Co. (JAC),
and then listed on the Shanghai stock exchange in 2001. A brief
cooperation with Hyundai resulted in the latter's H1 van and Santa Fe
SUV being built by JAC under license.
From the mid-2000s, JAC started building up its own R&D capability, though with the help of foreigners. A design and R&D center was opened in Turin, Italy, to shape and develop its own passenger cars. It also employed Western consultants like Pininfarina, Lotus and Austria's AVL. This resulted in its first sedan, J7 Binyue (2008), followed by the smaller J5 Heyue, J3 Tongyue and J2 Yueyue. However, their sales volume was dismal by the industrial standard. What really lifted JAC was the small SUV S3 (2014), which shifted almost 200,000 units in 2015 and accounted for the majority of JAC's passenger car sales.