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JAC pollution control devices face Beijing scrutiny
Reuters | 2019/5/10

BEIJING -- Chinese authorities have launched an investigation into JAC on whether it was using improper pollution control devices on its truck engines, in the first such investigation by Beijing into a major Chinese automaker.

The Ecological Environment Bureau of Beijing announced the investigation on Sunday, according to a statement on its website. Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Corp., or JAC, said Thursday that it would cooperate with the probe.

The investigation will focus on whether the truck manufacturer used shoddy pollution control devices and sold vehicles that purportedly passed emission standards, a local environmental watchdog said in a statement.

A spokeswoman for JAC said the investigation covered some light truck products, but she declined to share more details about the model or the name of the engine supplier.

China has launched a series of campaigns to make the country's large auto market cleaner, including generous subsidies to new energy vehicles and setting stricter emissions standards for cars and trucks using combustion engines.

China has also vowed to take action against diesel trucks by imposing tougher fuel and engine standards.

JAC is China's eleventh-largest automaker by group sales, with sales of around 464,000 last year.

The company, which offers a mix of commercial vehicles, including pickups and heavy-duty trucks, operates a new-energy vehicle joint venture with German automaker Volkswagen and makes electric crossovers for Nio. 

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