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Product type Commercial vehicles
Owner SAIC Motor
Country China
Introduced March 2011
Markets Global

Maxus is a commercial vehicle marque owned by SAIC Motor Commercial Vehicle Co., Ltd., itself a wholly owned subsidiary of SAIC Motor.[1][2] It was launched in March 2011.[1] Sales to Australia started in 2012 under the original LDV name.[3]


The name of the marque originates from the Maxus model of the defunct British commercial vehicle manufacturer LDV Group, following the acquisition of LDV's intellectual property by SAIC in 2010.[1]


The first Maxus product, the V80 van, was unveiled at the Auto Shanghai motor show in April 2011.[4] In the same month SAIC signed an agreement appointing the Malaysia-based WestStar group as the official distributor of the V80 for the Asia Pacific region.[5] The inauguration ceremony of the V80 was held in Shanghai on 29 June 2011.[6] The sale of Maxus vehicles in Australia began in 2012, with distribution by the Australia-based WMC Group.[7] In September 2013 it was announced that Maxus vehicles would be sold in Thailand starting in 2014, as part of a deal between SAIC and SAIC Motor-CP Co.[8][9]

Maxus's second production model, the G10 MPV, went on sale in China in March 2014.[10]


The current Maxus range comprises the following models:

  • V80 (light commercial van); and
  • G10 (seven-seat MPV).[11][10]
A "Weststar" badged Maxus V80 on display in Kuala Lumpur 


  1. ^ a b c "SAIC launched new brand Maxus for vans". China Car Times. 3 March 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "SAIC plans to sell MAXUS van globally in H2". Reuters. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "V80 Cargo". LDV Vans. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Lee, Carmen (15 April 2011). "SAIC to bring resurrected MAXUS at Auto Shanghai 2011". Gasgoo. Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  5. ^ "WestStar to distribute SAIC's Maxus van". Business Times. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "SAIC sold over 2m vehicles since start of year, halfway towards fulfilling yearly target". Gasgoo. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "SAIC Maxus And JAC Trucks: China's Big Carmakers Heading To Australia". The Motor Report. 19 March 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "SAIC to sell Maxus van in Thailand". Bangkok Post. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "SAIC to export vans to Thailand". ECNS. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Maxus G10 MPV hits the China car market". China Auto Web. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "SAIC’s Maxus MPV Spied". China Auto Web. 28 February 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 

Further reading

  • "LDV brand lives on as vans go on sale across the world". Birmingham Mail. 10 January 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 

External links

  • Official website
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