The state-run JAC Motors of China has come calling to India and has plans to assemble CKDs of passenger cars and medium to heavy trucks here. They do not have a production facility in India as of yet, but are looking to set up shops here to offset the lack of demand in the local Chinese markets.
JAC Motors, or more precisely, Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Company, has been into passenger cars and commercial vehicles as well as being a supplier of internal combustion engines and chassis for other motor manufacturers.
The company is ranked among the top 10 in Chinese auto industry and is based out in a place called Anhui where they also have a national-level R&D Center. Starting 2005, they also have been operating a R&D facility in Turin, Italy.
The company has been producing hatchbacks, sedans, vans and SUVs for the domestic market and has been witnessing a plateau on their growth curve. When their operations begin here in India, they also have plans to venture into commercial vehicle market with trucks of various capacities and pickups according to Economic Times.
Incidentally, the state-owned Beiqi Foton is already here and is setting up production facility at Khed near Pune. We have some exclusive spyshots of Foton Tunland which could be their first ever vehicle in India. Another Chinese automaker, Great Wall Motors, is also understood to launch its Haval SUVs shortly (Check out H3 Spyshots from India).
Hopefully, all these developments will help keep the frequent and embarrassing rhetoric down between the two giant neighbours.