Following its rebrand from LDV to Maxus in April, the Harris Group today gave a virtual launch to their two new platform vehicles, the Deliver 9 and its latest EV, the e Deliver 3. The Dublin headquartered company is the Maxus distributer across seven right-hand drive territories in Europe, a major role for one of the most respected and long-standing automotive companies in Ireland.
Pricing for the Deliver 9 starts from €26,341 excluding VAT (RWD, long wheelbase hi-roof version) and is available to order now for delivery July. All Maxus vehicles come with five years warranty or 200,000 km (125,000 miles) and include five years roadside assistance cover as standard.
The all-new Deliver 9 is the first all-new platform vehicle under the Maxus moniker. And the Harris Group believe that it is set to shake up the commercial vehicle market this year with its game-changing flagship LCV panel van.
Coming in both a standard and luxury model, Maxus Group Automotive Distributors UC says that the Deliver 9 offers customers the pure driving experience at an incredibly competitive price.
Pinned as a cutting-edge LCV built to last, the DELIVER 9 offers outstanding performance, high efficiency and superb reliability in all conditions.
The Deliver 9 is powered by a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine and 163ps and 375nm of torque. All models include electric power steering and autonomous emergency braking, while a manual DPF regeneration button in the diesel range always ensures the van runs at optimal levels, even during heavy traffic congestion and daily city driving. That’s a feature that fleet managers should very much welcome.
A load area that is practical is fundamental in any LCV and the new Deliver 9 really delivers in this regard, featuring heavy-duty bulkhead and rear doors that open to 260 degrees for easy loading. Extra features include low rear step, lashing rings, grab handles and an LED illuminated load compartment.
A touch-screen-enabled infotainment system (optional in conventional Deliver 9 models and standard in luxury models) means that drivers can stay safely connected while on the road, while Apple Car Play and Android Auto ensure drivers have everything they need at their fingertips. The high-spec ‘Luxury’ Deliver 9 model also includes cutting-edge technology features such as mirror link, blind-spot monitors and keyless entry.
The Deliver 9 will be the Harris Group’s most comprehensive and versatile LCV offering to date. With a choice of front or rear-wheel drive, it’s available in: three lengths: long 5940mm, medium 5546mm and short 5180mm. It is also available in three height options: extra-high 2755mm, high 2535mm and medium 2385mm.
Maxus offers a number of variants in the Deliver 9 range including crew cab, chassis and minibus models, while the company says that it has a network of specialist converters can also create a bespoke van to cater for all driver and business needs.
The top Chinese manufacturer SIAC Maxus says that reducing carbon emissions is at the forefront of everything produces; the Deliver 9’s Euro 6d (D20) engine and advanced Eco technology help ensure the lowest possible emissions, (WLTP compliant).
Speaking earlier about the new Deliver 9 model, Mark Barrett, GM of Harris Automotive Distributors UC (Maxus/LDV), said: “Maxus is a brand that is laying down a marker for the future of motoring. Today we are launching our new flagship LCV, the Deliver 9, which exemplifies Maxus’ focus on innovation, customisation and reputation. Everything about this van is of superior quality and showcases what we at Maxus are all about. We want to give everyone a pure driving experience, every time.”
Just weeks after Maxus rebranded from its original LDV moniker, it has seen the company transform its network of 30 UK and 24 Irish dealerships with new Maxus signage, rebadge social media platforms to MAXUS branding and launch new online platforms (www.saicmaxus.co.uk and www.saicmaxus.ie).
The name behind MAXUS
Innovative, thought-leading and future-focused, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) is the name behind Maxus and is the largest automotive company in China. Based in Shanghai, SAIC produces almost seven million vehicles each year for both domestic and international markets and is a Fortune Global 500 listed company of almost 100,000 employees.
Maxus vehicles are distributed to almost 50 countries and regions across the world.
SAIC Motor’s main business covers the research, production and vehicle sales of both passenger cars and commercial vehicles. The company is actively promoting new energy vehicles and the commercialisation of Internet-connected cars.
SAIC has a number of well-known brands within its portfolio including, since 2010, the acclaimed Maxus (formerly LDV) range of LCVs. SAIC has invested more than €2 billion in this brand, with a strong focus on safety, innovation and the introduction of new products to the range, including a suite of EVs that are already setting the standard for the future of eco-fuelled commercial motoring.
In 2015, renowned Dublin-based distributor, the Harris Group, secured the distribution rights to LDV (now Maxus) for the UK, Ireland and all other right-hand drive markets in Europe. Harris has a strong heritage in commercial vehicles and launched the flagship V80 and electric variant, the EV80 under the LDV badge, which had retained strong brand recognition in the UK and Ireland.