ZAP Jonway Hosts 2012 Annual Dealership Conference

  • Unveils 2012 JNZ A380 G-5 and 2013 Electric Concept Vehicle

  • Introduces 25 New Dealers

SANTA ROSA, Calif., March 21, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ZAP Jonway (OTCBB:ZAAP.OB - News), a manufacturer of gasoline and new energy electric vehicles (EVs), held its 2012 Annual Dealership Conference March 9th through 11th at the Intercontinental One Thousand Island Lake Resort in Hangzhou, China. Over 400 direct dealers, sub-dealers and customer support service center partners attended the three-day conference, and over 50 local media attended the first day opening ceremony.

Unveils 2012 SUV and 2013 Electric Concept Vehicle

The new 2012 JNZ A380 G-5 model with its fully re-styled interior including LED headlights, plush seating, and many other amenities, was launched to the 450 plus attendees. ZAP Jonway also unveiled its future concept vehicle designed by Maggiora, a renowned Italian auto designer well known for its exquisite stylish design of Italian sports cars. This new model is planned for release at the end of 2013, available for purchase in 2014.

"The strong turnout and participation by all of our dealership partners, combined with the excitement of new models delivering advanced technologies focused on quality, exuded confidence and resulted in a very successful kick off for the new year," stated Alex Wang, Co-CEO of ZAP, and CEO of Jonway Automobile. "Dealers responded positively to the new stylized and streamlined look of the 2012 A380 five-door SUV. In addition, at this conference we honored top performers as well as had them share their success stories to incentivize our whole team of dealers. This year's top dealers were from Sichuan, Xinjiang and Xining."

Establishing a new trend, the company now leverages these events to work with small select groups to conduct roundtable sessions to gather important feedback on quality, service improvements and overall market feedback. This year, the dealers reported being pleased with the company's focus on quality and its continued efforts to strive for improvement.

Introduces 25 Additional Dealerships in New Provinces like Shangdong, Henan and Yunan

During the last quarter of 2011 and early part of 2012, sales and executive management focused on dealership effectiveness. They reviewed the sales performance of all of the direct dealers and completed a re-qualification process to support the more capable dealerships and to eliminate non-producers. In addition to refreshing the team and driving growth, ZAP Jonway continued to identify new dealerships in high sales potential territories and secured 25 additional experienced, well financed dealerships in a number of strategic provinces like Shangdong, Henan and Yunan. Jonway's A380 SUV has done particularly well selling in territories with rugged terrain and endurance demands. While narrowing down on the aggregate number of dealers, management believes the new team will foster greater efficiency and effectiveness.

About ZAP Jonway

ZAP Jonway combines the attributes of both companies, ZAP and Jonway Automobile, to design and manufacture quality, affordable gasoline and new energy electric vehicles (EVs). With Jonway Automobile's established ISO 9000 manufacturing facilities, research and development and sales and customer services facilities in China, ZAP Jonway is well positioned to scale up production and sales for both gasoline and EVs for China and the international markets. ZAP, an early pioneer of EVs, brings to the new combined company a broad range of EV design experience that is being applied to new product lines. ZAP Jonway is focused on addressing on EV fleets targeting city delivery trucks and vans used by university campuses, government and corporate markets in China and the United States, while utilizing its gasoline vehicle production quantities to gain economy of scale through its common vehicle parts and platforms. ZAP Jonway benefits from the established China dealership and customer support network developed by Jonway Automobile for its China sales and services. ZAP Jonway is headquartered in Santa Rosa, California and its production facility is located in Zhejiang Province of the People's Republic of China. Additional information about ZAP Jonway is available at http://www.zapworld.com.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, continued acceptance of ZAP's products, increased levels of competition, new products and technological changes, ZAP's dependence upon third-party suppliers, intellectual property rights and other risks detailed from time to time in ZAP's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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