The pickup truck segment in Malaysia today officially welcomed a new brand and model in the form of Angka-Tan Motor Sdn Bhd’s all-new JMC Vigus Pro 4×4.
Priced at RM98,888, the JMC Vigus Pro is powered by Ford’s 2.0-litre turbocharged Puma diesel engine with a high-pressure common-rail fuel injection system, variable geometry turbocharger, intercooler and EGR cooler bypass valve, producing 141 PS at 3,600rpm and 340 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm to 2,600 rpm.
The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox by ZF, which is operated through an electronic gear selector with manual shift mode function.
Capable of carrying a maximum load of 850 kg, the JMC Vigus Pro’s claimed fuel consumption stands at 7.8L/100km (UNECE R101 testing).
While the front suspension is a fully-independent double-wishbone type with reinforced stabiliser bar, the rear rests on leaf springs.
Off-road performance of the Vigus Pro is governed by a 4WD system developed by BorgWarner. Users can switch between 2WD, 4WD and low-range 4WD modes via a rotary dial to cater to changing surface conditions. The rear axle is also fitted with an Eaton limited-slip differential lock.
The JMC Vigus Pro is also equipped with Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, ABS with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution, and an Electronic Stability Program with Traction Control as standard.
Design of the JMC Vigus Pro
On the exterior, the face of the Vigus Pro comprises a large hexagonal grille with chrome inserts, slim headlamps with C-shaped LED daytime running lights, and a lower bumper guard.
The aggressive theme continues on the sides with flared overfenders in body colour, while a a prominent character line runs from the front door through to the 3D tail-lamps.
The Vigus Pro is also fitted with a sports bar with an integrated high-mount third brake lamp, side steps, auto-folding wing mirrors with LED indicators, and two-tone 16-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, there is a multi-functional steering with controls for the infotainment system, cruise control, and voice calls via Bluetooth connection. The steering wheel also comes with paddle shifters.
One of the main highlights of the cabin of the Vigus Pro is the electronic gearshift selector located on the centre console.
Infotainment is taken care by an 8-inch colour touch-screen which comes with Bluetooth connectivity, MP5 video playback, and reverse camera.
Other amenities that come standard on the Vigus Pro include powered side mirrors and windows folding via the remote control and also heating function on the side mirrors.
How’s the warranty for the JMC Vigus Pro?
The JMC Vigus Pro is available in only one variant at the moment with four colours to choose from – Steady Brown, Solid White, Brilliant Silver and Glossy Black. Every vehicle comes with a 3-year/100,000km warranty, whichever comes first.
Aiming to sell 350 units this year, Angka-Tan Motor already sold 30 units of the JMC Vigus Pro 4×4 to Mayflower Car Rental Sdn Bhd, who became ATM’s pilot fleet customer with the initial order of the new pickup truck.
The JMC Vigus Pro is locally assembled at the modern Tan Chong Motor plant located in Serendah, Selangor and is now available for viewing and test drive across 13 ATM dealerships across the nation with a complementing network of 13 aftersales services workshops.
Angka-Tan Motor Sdn Bhd (ATM), a subsidiary of the Tan Chong Group which also happens to be the authorized distributor of Foton trucks in Malaysia, today announced that they have been appointed as the official distributor of Jiangling Motors Co., (JMC) in Malaysia.
The first model to be offered by the company in Malaysia will be the JMC Vigus Pro 4×4 pick-up truck.
Key specifications of the JMC Vigus Pro 4×4:
2.0L TDI 4-cylinder with VGT turbo diesel engine
141 PS (3,600 rpm) and 340 Nm (1,500rpm to 2,600rpm)
8-Speed ZF automatic with manual shift mode
BorgWarner 4WD System with 2H, 4H and 4L modes
Rear Differential Lock by Eaton
Fuel economy of 7.8L/100km
The collaboration between ATM and JMC was sealed after both parties signed the Vehicle Technology Licensing agreement on 1 July 2020 whereby JMC has granted ATM the sole right to assemble and sell the JMC Vigus Pro 4×4 pick-up truck and related parts and components in Malaysia.
ATM also announced that it plans to offer the JMC Vigus Pro 4×4 across 13 sales and service outlets nationwide.
“We are pleased to announce that after more than 12 months of hard work, Angka-Tan Motor, in collaboration with Jiangling Motors Co., Ltd, is ready to introduce an exciting contender in the popular pick-up segment,” said Tan Keng Meng, CEO of Warisan TC Holdings Bhd.
“The stylish and technologically advanced JMC Vigus Pro 4×4 pick-up truck has proven its mettle in the Chinese market and we can’t wait to share this new product with pick-up fans across Malaysia.”
“As a leading manufacturer and exporter of light commercial vehicles in China, we are thrilled to offer Malaysian consumers a versatile yet attractive pick-up truck engineered with the latest technologies.”
“JMC has been standing as the second best-selling brand in the pick-up segment in China for many consecutive years. We would like to congratulate Angka-Tan Motor’s appointment as the official distributor of the JMC Vigus Pro 4×4 and to also express our appreciation to Warisan TC for their support in making this a reality,” said Xiong Chunying, President of Jiangling Motors Co., Ltd.
Prices and detailed specifications of the JMC Vigus Pro 4×4 are expected be revealed within the month of October 2021. Customers can view the JMC Vigus Pro 4×4 at ATM’s flagship showroom in Klang, Selangor and also place a booking at the nearest dealers.
Volvo Trucks recently made an announcement that it has agreed to acquire JMC Heavy Duty Vehicle Company in China.
JMC Heavy Duty Vehicle, which is a subsidiary of Jiangling Motors Company which includes a manufacturing site in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China, was acquired for an amount of RMB 0.8 billion.
For customers in China
The objective is to start production of the new heavy-duty Volvo FH, Volvo FM and Volvo FMX trucks in Taiyuan for customers in China from the end of 2022.
Volvo Trucks has been active in the Chinese market since 1934. During the last couple of years, the strong growth of logistics services, including e-commerce, has led to a surge in the sales of Volvo trucks in the country.
In 2020, more than 4,500 heavy-duty Volvo trucks were imported and delivered to customers in China. In line with the long-term Volvo Group strategy, Volvo Trucks is therefore expanding its business operation in China.
“We are committed to shaping the future of sustainable transport solutions. With our long-standing presence in China, we are growing our sales, and we are expanding our strong network of sales and service points together with our private dealer partners.
Over the last couple of years, we have seen a fast development of the logistics markets and an increasing demand for our premium trucks and services.
To meet the demand from Chinese transport operators, the time is right for us to establish a regional value chain with our own heavy-duty truck manufacturing in China,” says Roger Alm, President Volvo Trucks.
Operations in Taiyuan
The operations in Taiyuan will include stamping, welding, manufacturing of cabs, painting and the final assembly of Volvo trucks.
After investment, within a few years, the plant will have the capacity to produce 15,000 Volvo trucks per year with the potential to increase the capacity further.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.
Volvo trucks are assembled in 13 countries across the globe. In 2020 approximately 94,000 Volvo trucks were delivered worldwide.