With JMC’s acquisition of heavy truck maker Taiyuan several years ago, it was only a matter of time before the joint Ford-JMCG-Changan company started producing its own heavy trucks. And what better truck to use than one Ford, the largest shareholder, already produces.
Today, JMC debuted the all-new Veyron, a pure translation from its Chinese name and not its English name (calm down Bugatti fans). The sharing with the second generation Cargo is very evident in the windshield and the side of the cab. The JMC receives its own face, however, to mimic JMC styling and appeal to Chinese tastes.
The Cargo is shown below.
Launched several years ago, the new generation Cargo was first produced in Turkey, before being facelifted upon its launch in Brazil. Chinese production now adds a third plant producing the heavy truck.
Ford recently started sales in the Middle East from its Turkish plant as well.
China has become world’s largest medium and heavy truck market as the economy has exploded over the past decade, although this segment cooled off in the past year or so. It remains to be seen whether JMC and Ford will be able to crack into the heavy truck market. That being said, JMC’s medium truck line, the Qingka, has been a huge success for the company. JMC is hoping to keep fleet customers with the brand as they will now offer a near complete line of trucks including the compact pickup Boadian and the midsize Tiger, which is based off the T6 Ranger platform.
Now that Ford has the largest market covered, will they get back into the heavy truck market in North America? Ford’s Avon Lake recently added the Heavy Truck line (F-650 and F-750) and cutaways of the all-new Super Duty. Within the next couple of years, E-Series cutaway production will end at the facility and will leave a void. Should Ford add the Cargo? The heavy truck market in the US has given up on cabovers like the Cargo, but Ford do Brazil does offer medium duty versions of it in what could be a successor to the failed LCF of the mid-2000s. Recently, GM got back into the medium duty LCF game with Chevy by rebadging Isuzu Elfs. Time will tell.
Courtesy of 360che.com