internationally the brand is well-established. It started as far back as 1898 and has become entrenched as a favourite of the British Royal Family. As such Maxus is the trusted commercial vehicle used by Royal Banks and Royal Mails.


Maxus’ roots can be traced all the way back to the Leyland Steam Van, which debuted in 1898. By 1928 the humble steam-driven van had become the Morris 1T Van, to be superseded by the Morris J and later the Morris J2. During the ensuing years the Morris Vans had turned into BMW, Leyland and DAF freight and people carriers, until, in 2005, the Maxus LD100 first saw the light.

The largest Chinese automaker, SAIC, took over the Maxus brand in 2009. Despite now being manufactured in China, Maxus commercial vehicles still retain their British design and technology. SAIC has more than thirty years’ manufacturing experience, and has unique insight in the Chinese commercial vehicle market.

Locally Maxus is distributed and sold by Mandarin Motors, which also encompasses MGSA.(MG South Africa) Mandarin Motors is part of the Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) group, and there are currently twelve dedicated Maxus dealers spread throughout South Africa.

Maxus Inside

As part of the Mandarin Motors stable, Maxus is headed up by Craig Lanham-Love as COO; Derrick Bishop as General Manager; and Alan and Terry Horseman as Executive Directors. Outlook Africa has been appointed to handle its Public and Media relations.

The current Maxus range includes a luxury people carrier, everyday people carrier, logistics vehicle and dropside carrier.

Maxus V80 2.5TD Deluxe

At the top of the range is the Maxus V80 2.5TD Deluxe, which features seating for nine people. The vehicle comes standard with air conditioner, allow wheels, audio system, remote central locking, cruise control, LED daytime lights, electric mirrors and front windows, leather upholstery, park distance control and power steering. It also sports the latest safety equipment, including ABS, two airbags, EBD and tyre pressure monitor.

Maxus V80 2.5TD Comfort (16 Seater Taxi)

As an everyday people mover, the Comfort version of the Maxus V80 offers unbeatable value. While it offers the same safety systems as its Deluxe sibling, the Comfort does not have leather seats, LED daytime lights, alloy wheels or park distance control. This vehicle however offers a very spacious interior, coupled with safety features and fuel efficiency that sets it aside from other players in the taxi industry. This is also available in a Taxi version.

Maxus V80 2.5TD Panel Van & Dropside

The V80 Panel Van is a no-nonsense enclosed freight carrier, with significant loading space. While it is clearly aimed at the working life, the Panel Van still includes an air conditioner, remote central locking, audio system with CD, daytime LED lights, electric mirrors and front windows and power steering as standard. It has three seats in the cabin, and comes with comprehensive safety equipment. The Dropside version of the vehicle shares the same equipment, but has a flat loading bay with dropsides.

All the vehicles in the range are powered by the same four cylinder turbo diesel engine of 2,499 cc. This drives the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission, and offers 100 kW of power at 3,800 rpm. The maximum torque figure of 330 Nm at 1,800 rpm is very competitive in this segment. Average fuel consumption on the combined cycle (unladen) is 7.4 l/100 km; and the vehicle emits 230 g of CO2 per km.

Maxus Prices

MAXUS Prices:

MAXUS V80 2.5TD Deluxe R399,900.00

MAXUS V80 2.5TD Comfort R319,900.00

MAXUS V80 2.5TD Panel Van R299,900.00

MAXUS V80 2.5TD Dropside R299,900.00

All Maxus vehicles come with service intervals of 15,000 km; and a warranty of 100,000 km which is valid for 36 months.

All vehicles require a standard code 8 licence.