Chinese brand JMC, which launched in 2010 with an Isuzu-lookalike bakkie called the BD, has renamed the range Boarding.
The new Boarding models are identical to the previous BD range with an 84kW/235Nm, 2.8-litre turbodiesel motor said to be sourced from business partner Isuzu, fitted to either single or double-cab body styles, both with two or four-wheel drivetrains.
I was told at the Boarding launch in Johannesburg last week that the new version also features a mild facelift, but all my eyes could pick up was new standard rubberising in the bin area.
There are three single-cab models ranging from Standard to Luxury trim levels that vary in price from R139 880 to R179 880, and two double-cabs, each with Luxury fittings but priced at R169 880 or R189 880 depending on drivetrain options.
JMC has sold about 200 bakkies since its South African introduction in March 2010 and now has 17 dealers nationwide. It claims to be the leading light-commercial builder in China and also the only Chinese brand not imported by an SA-owned company. JMC said it has a $50-million (R350-million) direct investment in SA and is wholly-owned by JMC China.