A cab-chassis variant of the Maxus from 2007

A cab-chassis variant of the Maxus from 2007

Defunct British van maker LDV's Maxus van has been revived by new owner SAIC in time for the Shanghai motor show next week.

According to Gasgoo.com, citing Chinese website, auto.sohu.com, the new van, renamed the V80, will make its debut on the evening of 19 April.

The original Maxus was a joint venture between England's LDV and Korea's Daewoo and SAIC picked up LDV's assets a year after it went into administration in 2009.

According to the report, SAIC, which has successful Chinese JVs with GM and VW, and also owns the iconic British MG brand, lacks commercial vehicle models and wants its new van to compete with rivals FAW Group and Dongfeng Motor. Currently SAIC only offers commercial vehicles via its Shanghai-Huizhong Automotive and Powertrain Hongyan (managed in partnership with Fiat) brands.

SAIC reportedly has made few changes to the 'original'. Other reports said the 'new' Maxus Datong would be made in Shanghai Huizhong’s Wuxi factory (in Jiangsu province), which formerly was owned by Nanjing Auto and once produced a rebaged Seat Ibiza. SAIC reportedly spent CNY1.1785bn installing capacity for 50,000 vans a year.

Competitors will include the Transit produced by a Ford joint venture in China.