LDV is a division of SAIC (Shanghai Automobile and Industrial Corporation), the largest automotive manufacturer in China. A Fortune Global 500 company, SAIC sold over 5 million vehicles in 2013 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 LDV, SAIC sells vehicles under a variety of badges. Brand names that are exclusive to SAIC include MG, Roewe, and Yuejin. Products produced by SAIC joint venture companies are sold under other marques including Buick, Chevrolet, Iveco, Skoda, Volkswagen and Wuling. The SAIC Group also has interests in a number of vehicle component businesses as well as supporting automotive services such as automotive financing.
LDV (formerly known as Leyland-DAF Vehicles) is now part of the Chinese state owned SAIC Motor Group. SAIC Motor is the largest automaker in China and one of the largest vehicle manufactures in the world, having partnerships with several Western brands including General Motors, Volkswagen and Iveco. With US$106.7 billion in revenue, SAIC climbed to number 46 on the Global Fortune 500 list of companies in 2016. Aside from producing components like engines, gearboxes, and powertrains, the company also covers the research, production and vehicle sales of both passenger and commercial vehicles. LDV is represented in New Zealand by Great Lake Motor Distributors Ltd, a 100% Kiwi owned company which also distributes the Korean marque SsangYong.
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.
LDV is one of Europe's most recognised commercial vehicle brands. Not only has LDV had sales success as a cargo and passenger van, it has been selected by the British government for use by the Royal Bank, Royal Mail and as travel vehicles for the British Royal family. It is also the recipient of numerous international awards.