It wasn’t long ago when Astara entered our market as the new distributor of Peugeot cars. It was followed by GAC and late last year, JMC was added to their portfolio. Now, they have JAC as their 4th brand here in the Philippines.
Astara said they’re bringing in JAC’s cars and pickups into the country. Currently they have 3 small crossovers in the JS2, JS3, and JS4; compact crossovers in the JS6 and JS7; and their flagship JS8; combined with the J7 and J7 Plus sedans. There are also three pickups in the T6, T8 Pro, and T9. Which among these will be brought into the country is anyone’s guess at the moment.
They also said that in the future, JAC’s full-electric and plug-in hybrid offerings will be brought in. That means we’ll get to see e-JS1 small hatchback, e-JS4 crossover, and e-J7 sedan.
“For JAC, the Philippines is of extraordinary strategic and practical significance. In the future, JAC will strictly adhere to the “user-centric” business philosophy and bolster the relationship with Astara to provide better products and better service experience for Filipino users,” said David Zhang, Vice President of JAC Motors.
“As a top brand with a presence in over 100 countries, JAC’s commitment to quality and focus on electrification perfectly align with Astara’s vision for the future of mobility. Considering this region is pivotal to our international expansion, we are confident in showcasing our capabilities through JAC’s distribution,” said Jorge Navea, CEO of Astara.
JAC started back in 1964 and has since grown into multiple brands. They have SEHOL which is a joint venture with Volkswagen to produce EVs, while Yiwei was recently launched for entry-level EVs. They also have partnerships with NIO and Huawei to produce EVs.