Mike Stevens | Jul 19, 2012

Australian importer WMC has secured a deal with China's SAIC Motor for sole distribution rights for SAIC commercial vehicles in Australia.

Signed in Shanghai this week, the multi-year deal with the carmaker's Commercial Vehicle Company arm (SMCV) will allow WMC to invest strongly in after-sales and parts support for customers.

WMC CEO Jason Pecotic could not reveal details of the agreement, but confirmed that if performance requirements are met, WMC will be the sole distributor of SMCV products "for most of the next decade".

The signing event also included confirmation of the first shipment of LDV vans - previously known by the brand's international name, Maxus.

"I believe we have demonstrated our enthusiasm and professionalism for the LDV van during the past few months [...], and this has given SMCV the confidence to agree to a long-term agreement," WMC CEO Jason Pecotic said.

The first SMCV products to hit Australia will be the LDV van and mini bus line-up, due to go on sale in October, with other models and variants to follow into 2013.

"Australia is a very important new market for SMCV and the LDV brand, so the extensive work WMC Group has put into preparing for the launch of the brand has set the foundation for a very successful future," SMCV's Lan Qinsong said.

Pecotic said WMC will launch a seven-model range of the LDV V80 vans this year, made up of three commercial and four passenger models.

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