JAC Motors sells tough X200 forward-cabs into demanding rental market
  • JAC X200, the perfect solution to Trailarent's business model
  • Best-in-class credentials conclude a 50 unit procurement deal
  • First 25 units already delivered and in operation

Trailarent, one of South Africa's leading rental companies, has procured 50 JAC X200 forward-cab workhorses to add to its offering of bakkies, vans, cars and trailers. Trailarent is a 24-hour operation with 15 branches across South Africa.

The growing market for bakkie rentals necessitated Trailarent to increase its workhorse fleet with reliable and economical hardworking bakkies that will effortlessly deal with the demands of many different drivers renting the units for various jobs.

"In our research to expand our workhorse fleet, the X200 stood out amongst its competitors. It is the most powerful and affordable in its class and offers the biggest payload of all forward-cab bakkies. Add the versatility and easy-loading of the X200, we have found the perfect bakkie to add to our customer offering," says Francois Briers, Managing Director of Trailarent.

The JAC X200 was launched in 2017 to take market share from the South Korean forward-cab brands. Its bulletproof reliability, robust suspension, low running cost and best-in-class 1.5-tonne payload soon made it a popular choice amongst business owners worldwide.

The JAC X200 features a proven 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, producing a class-leading 80 kW at 3 600 r/min and 240 Nm torque between 1 800 and 2 000 r/min. The maximum torque available at low rpm allows drivers to minimise gear changes, reducing fuel usage. The average fuel consumption of the JAC X200 is 9.5 ℓ/100 km (combined cycle) which is best-in-class as well.

"The X200 boasts the ideal engine capacity for our country's demanding conditions. The reliable 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine produces 30% more power than its direct competitors, resulting in outstanding functionality," says Karl-Heinz Göbel, CEO of JAC Motors South Africa.

The JAC X200's compact size and minimum turning radius of 5.4 metres ensure easy manoeuvrability in places where larger trucks cannot navigate. The optimal ride height and ultra-flat low deck with drop sides make loading and unloading easy and fast. The forward-cab design also incorporates advantages such as a larger load area and the easy entrance and exit for drivers and crew.

The JAC X200 benefits from the company's new chassis stamping and welding treatment process, developed for the heavy-duty ladder-frame chassis used in its N-Series truck range. Its robust ladder-frame chassis design, double-wishbone independent front suspension and the optimum use of axle capacities for ideal payload weight distribution ensure safe driving characteristics in all load states and on any road surface.

"The no-nonsense work attitude of the X200 explains why it is such a favourite with our customers. Its powerful engine, excellent payload and fuel efficiency make it the obvious workhorse choice for our business operation," adds Briers.

The JAC X200 offers an elevated driving position. The results are that the driver can see and judge traffic better on the open roads, and it also improves visibility when parking at load bays and in tight parking spots.

Front- and rear crumple zones, side-impact protection beams, remote-controlled central locking with motion-lock at 40 km/h, and an engine that cannot start when the clutch is not engaged further contribute to its safety credentials.

An air-conditioned cab with comfortable cloth seats, headrests and a height-adjustable steering wheel makes for pleasant travelling for both the driver and passengers. The centre seat's backrest folds down, offering ample stowing space. The X200 comes standard with a Radio/MP3 player with Bluetooth and a USB.

"Our reliable and versatile X-Series product range meets ever-increasing customer expectations and ticks all the right boxes to be the star performer in any transport fleet. We welcome Trailarent into our family and wish them many happy kilometres with our popular X200 workhorses," adds Göbel.

The JAC X200 offers excellent value for money and a best-in-class service plan. It is sold and serviced by JAC Motors' 65 dealers countrywide, in Namibia, Lesotho and Eswatini. It comes standard with the company's 5-year/150 000-kilometre manufacturer warranty, including a 5-year/60 000-kilometre service plan.

The X-Series product range comprises four derivatives, all priced under R300 000 (VAT excl.):

X200 2.8L TDI CC 1.5-tonne – R252 087

X200 2.8L TDI DS 1.5-tonne (A/C standard) – R276 000

X200 2.8L TDI Double-cab CC 1.3-tonne (ABS, A/C & E/W standard) – R280 348

X200 2.8L TDI Double-cab DS 1.3-tonne (ABS, A/C & E/W standard) – R293 392

A full range of accessories is available for the JAC X-Series product range. Ask your nearest dealer for more information about other body configurations, e.g. tippers, refrigeration units, campers etc.