Colin-on-Cars – JAC moves into rental market

The steady growth of JAC Motors as a player in the commercial vehicle market, despite the problems associated with an economy slowed by Covid, has taken a further step up the ladder with Trailarent taking on 50 units of its X200 forward-cab workhorses.

The growing market for bakkie rentals necessitated Trailarent to increase its workhorse fleet and Francois Briers, Managing Director, says: “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.”

The JAC X200 has a 2,8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, producing 80 kW at 3 600 r/min and 240 Nm torque between 1 800 r/min 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).


“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 has a minimum turning radius of 5,4 metres  and the ride height and ultra-flat low deck with drop sides makes loading and unloading easyt. 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 enhance driveability.

“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 air-conditioned cab with cloth seats, headrests and a height-adjustable steering wheel. 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.

It comes standard with the company’s 5-year/150 000-kilometre manufacturer warranty, including a 5-year/60 000-kilometre service plan.

A full range of accessories is available for the JAC X-Series product range including other body configurations, such as tippers, refrigeration units, campers etc.

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