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JAC Motors bakkies: Diesel power, seating for six

  • Compact, manoeuvrable, workhorse from China
  • 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine for harsh conditions
  • Large payload, comfortably transport heavy loads

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – JAC Motors’ X200 forward-cab light commercial was around long before the Covid-19 pandemic changed the business environment and was already a popular choice among business owners worldwide.

With Covid-19 fuelling the online industry and demand for delivery services, entrepreneurs involved in distributing products are constantly searching for more affordable and effective fleet solutions to deliver on their customers’ expectations.

”Reliability, low running costs, and versatility,” the company says, ”are critical elements in managing any fleet – so this is where the X200 claims to impress its owners and drivers.”


South Africa’s roads are in somewhat of a mess with potholes and poor maintenance so the X200 was developed to excel in the harshest working conditions. ”Although a versatile workhorse,” the ompany says, ”it comes standard with features such as air-con and crumple zones to create a safe and comfortable work environment for the driver and passengers.”

Companies supplying services such as catering hire, furniture delivery, truck hire, garden services, contractors, electricians, plumbers and many other types of small businesses are using the versatile X200.


Karl-Heinz Göbel, CEO of JAC Motors SA, told The Corner in a media release: “Most businesses are trying to find ways to do more with less due to economic pressures. Our affordable X200 bakkie is the best workhorse choice in the local market as it outclasses direct competitors with price, performance, load configuration, and comfort categories.”

It is essential, JAC says, in the commercial sector that an LCV caters for various customer groups. ”A forward-cab design’s main benefit is the increased loadbox size. A forward-cab design is more practical than a standard bakkie, making these rugged workhorses ideal for business and industrial use.”

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The X200’s compact size and minimum turning radius of 5.4m ensure easy manoeuvrability in places where larger trucks cannot navigate. The ride height and flat deck of the X200 all-round dropsides make loading and unloading easy and fast.

A forward-cab design also incorporates other advantages that both drivers and fleet owners appreciate, such as the easy entrance and exit for drivers and crew in many load-stop-and-drop situations.


The X200 has a 2.8-litre, four-cylinder, turbodiesel, engine under the cab. It’s capable of 80kW at 3600rpm and 240Nm from 1800-2000rpm through a five-speed transmission and claims 9.5 litres/100 km.

Göbel added: “It’s the ideal engine capacity for SA. It makes 30% power than its direct competitors.”

The trucks ride on a heavy-duty ladder-frame chassis and double-wishbone independent front suspension allows excellent manoeuvrability and handling no matter the payload. Large disc brakes front and drums rear are said to deliver ”excellent stopping power”.

The X200 is rated to tow a braked trailer of up to 1250 kg.

Göbel again: “The no-nonsense work attitude of the X200 explains why it is such a favourite with business owners worldwide. Its powerful engine, balanced transmission, and excellent payload create confidence whatever or wherever the haul is.”


The X200 has an elevated driving position so drivers can see and judge traffic better, It also improves judgment when parking.

Front and rear crumple zones, side-impact protection beams, height-adjustable headlights and an immobiliser are standard along with remote-controlled central locking with motion-lock at 40km/h and the engine will not start if the clutch is not depressed.

The cab also has aircon, cloth upholstery and head restraints, a height-adjustable steering-wheel and a folding rear middle-seat backrest. A radio/CD/MP3 player and speakers are standard.


BASE PRICE for the X200 is R284 900, which includes a five-year or 150 000km* warranty and five-year or 60 000km* service plan. Service intervals 10 000 km.

The JAC X200 2.8-litre TDi 1.5-tonne range has three single-cab derivatives:

  • X200 Chassis Cab – R284 900
  • X200 Dropside – R294 900
  • X200 Tipper – R324 900

The X200 is also available as a double-cab at R304 900, fitted with the same 2.8-litre TDi engine and a payload of 1.3-tonnes but, JAC says, ”is especially popular with operators who need to transport more than three workers”. It can seat six adults.

The double-cab seating can accommodate six people.

*Whichever comes first.

…AND SOME INFO about about Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group Corporation Ltd. (JAC Motors)…

JAC MOTORS says its a relative newcomer to SA ”but has been a giant in the Chinese auto industry for more than 50 years”. The company is present in more than 130 countries worldwide – 28 of them in Africa”.

The company assembles cars, bakkies, and trucks for left- and right-hand drive markets and says its bakkies were ranked third on the Chinese auto industry’s export list for 2020.

JAC Motors is a prolific producer of electric vehicles; by end 2020 it had maintained a leading position in the actual use of private electric vehicles, promoting the application of more than 170 000 such units which have now covered more than 3.8-billion kilometres.


In 2020 Volkswagen AG acquired an additional 25% stake in its Chinese electric vehicle joint venture with JAC. The original joint venture was established in 2017 between VW and JAC, each holding 50%.

The joint venture will become central to the two brands’ electric vehicle programme in China.

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