Quality an issue
As the first JAC trucks arrive, fit and finish cause delays
would have damaged the image of the brand if it had been launched in that condition.
‘‘ You only get one chance to make a first impression and our goal is to make sure the first impression doesn’t disappoint Australian new truck buyers,’’ sayswmcmanaging director Jason Pecotic.
One of the issues facing WMCIS the consistency of the components, with many Chinese manufacturers often thinking nothing of having different trim or features in the same batch of vehicles.
Working Wheels tested two JAC trucks in New Zealand earlier this year and remarked that work would need to be done to improve interior quality and to reduce the amount of cabin noise to meet Australian customers expectations, even when purchasing an affordable lightduty truck.
Wmcwill now set up a small company in China to make it easier to monitor the quality of the vehicles it will bring to Australia.
The importer’s idea is to employ about six people in Suzhou who will effectively check the vehicles to make sure they match the quality standards it requires.
Wmclast month announced it was pulling out of a deal to introduce the Chinesemade Foton workhorse ute, citing uncompetitive pricing and quality concerns as key reasons.
The company has had some success with importing vehicles from China and is looking at topping 260 Australian sales of Chinese-made Higer buses in 2011.
‘‘ WMC’S commitment is to ensure the best specification, quality and price, which are the key elements that have driven our success with Higer,’’ Pecotic says.
Consistent approach: The importer of JAC trucks wants the trim and features to be of a uniform standard