Heritage that goes way back

The timeline of Maxus’ 120 Years of British Legacy

1896 - The Birth of Maxus

The Birth of Maxus

Production of vehicles began in 1896. The first model, British LDV, was the foundation of the Maxus V80.


Speeding Through Success

The success of the Lancashire Group led to its new name, Leyland Motors.

1917 - Under Royalty

Under Royalty

As the house of Windsor came into power, Leyland models had the honor of joining the imperial motorcade.

1949 - Morris J was launched

Morris J was launched

1974 - 1982

The Leyland Sherpa was launched.

1981 - Leyland Lands In Rover

Leyland Lands In Rover

The Freight Rover department was established. This marked Sherpa’s partnership with the Rover Group.

1984 - 1989
1984 - 1989 - Freight Rover 300 Series Large Edition was launched

Freight Rover 300 Series Large Edition was launched.


Transitioning To More Opportunities

Commercial department in Rover Group joined in DAF Trucks Group, turning Freight Rover into Leyland DAF.

1989 - 1993
1989 - 1993 - Freight Rover 300 Series Large Edition was launched

Freight Rover 300 Series Large Edition was launched.

1993 - 2006
1993 - 2006 - Brand New Beginnings

Brand New Beginnings

LDV Co. Ltd was established. Pilot LDV was brought out as a narrowed version of the Convoy.

2004 - Triumps in the Modern Era

Triumphs in the Modern Era

A new model of commercial vehicle named Maxus, the prototype of LDV V80, was created. It became LDV’s flagship van and a best-seller in the history of the commercial vehicle.

Maxus International (SAIC)

Maxus is a division of SAIC (Shanghai Automobile and Industrial Corporation), the largest automotive manufacturer in China. A Fortune Global 500 company, SAIC sold almost 6 million vehicles in 2015 and has formed joint ventures with Volkswagen and General Motors.

In 2009, SAIC acquired the commercial vehicles division of British Motor Corporation which included the LDV platform.


In addition to production of the Maxus, SAIC sells vehicles under a variety of badges. Brand names that are exclusive to SAIC include MG, Roewe, and Yuejin. Products manufactured by SAIC’s joint venture companies are sold under other marquees including Buick, Chevrolet, Iveco, Skoda, Volkswagen, and Woling. The SAIC Group also has interests in a number of vehicle component businesses as well as supporting automotive services like automotive financing to name a few.

Through a spirit of independent innovation and focus on consumer and environmental demands, the SAIC Group is now Forbes magazine's 10th most powerful automotive company in the world.

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