I was expecting this to start in the low 20s in price.
Yeah…. with only $2k different with iLoan what fool will pick this?
exactly. i thought it could be a successor to the $22,990 kia pregio
Way over priced. Wouldn’t even consider this.
agreed. I pick up my company automatic hiaces for 30k driveaway (petrol) or 32k driveaway (diesel).
I suspect these 30 ‘dealers’ are nothing more than cheaply built portable buildings with a small car park that can hold maybe 3 or 4 vans to display. I don’t see anyone investing money building a dealership to sell these things.
Doesn’t sound like the best made van. Might also want to change Hilux in first paragraph to Hiace.
I hope Citroen sues their ass off for stealing their front-grille design.
Even if these things were built to the same standard (or better) as the HiAce or iLoad, why would you take a chance on one for a measly $2000 to $4000 saving, all of which you will lose in resale value anyway.
What I’m saying is, take quality out of the equation (and I’m not saying this is or isn’t a quality product) and the price difference isn’t enough to tempt you. To establish themselves in the market surely they need to be cheaper – much cheaper – than this.
Oh, it’s not a Ford Transit?
CA writes: “The LDV V80 has been introduced to Australia as China’s
biggest automotive company looks to take on the might of the Toyota
HiLux and Hyundai iLoad in the commercial van market.”
I didn’t know you cars started doing comedy?!?
Oops, Friday fail – “you guys”
Ah yes, nothing screams quality like a crookedly affixed “SAIC Motor” on the rear-end of the vehicle.
The LDV V80 has been introduced to Australia as China’s
biggest automotive company looks to take on the might of the Toyota
HiLux and Hyundai iLoad in the commercial van market, i have never known that Hilux is a van…..
32k?? Tell em they’re dreamin’
“proven engine and gearbox”
I guess that’s 1 up on the Volkswagens then……
Well IVECO know how to design a commercial grade donk, just this is built in China so i dont know
Gut feeling, price is fantasy, wont sell at that price pointnt
Its a vm motori which is used in daewoos and pommy taxis. Hardly exciting but still more reliable than veedud rubbish.
Considering most people are not stupid enough to buy an express van, I can’t see them buying this over the iload, hiace or even Vito which all hover around the mid 30’s. I wonder though if the accessories like a rear step and bullbar will be cheaper.
The NRMA buys the Express for battery deliveries. Despite urging people to only buy cars with a minimum four star safety rating, the NRMA happily buys Express Vans with a one star rating for their own employees.
I just reached 342000km’s in my so called truly awful Express van yesterday.Still doesn’t blow any smoke and looking to put on another 70k on this year.
The reviewer was talking about how it drives. The Express is a very reliable and durable van, which is largely lost on car reviewers because they drive only new (or near new) vehicles. They can only go off perceived quality (panel gaps, materials used etc.).
You’ll do it easily, I put one out after it caught on fire with 885000 on the clock, so I’d say yours is just run in, all the best.
The L300 Mitsubishi is THE longest lasting most trouble free van on the market, best best value too, just dont have a big accident in one…..
This is bigger than the iLoad.
Now we just need the Chinese to shake up the Australian car market so the better rivals become more affordable from the competition.
The Fiat Scudo diesel 6sp is cheaper than this and worth considering. Which the Quality is impressive too. I’m actually considering one for my next van. 200000km warranty is excellent. i didn’t see what the warranty was on this van in the article .
I mean come on!
If China wants to compete they’ll have to seriously cut the competition.
The reason why they’re not doing as good as they wanted is due to their unreasonable pricing.
They must be chasing after strong profit margins.. Already!
Lack of market understanding.
Id say this car would be good for pushing into traffic, in china now and that’s all they do is push you, they will push you to the ground and walk over you, communist manner
“communist manner”. Hilarious. God bless the ignorant.
I would never buy any chinese made car or commercial,no matter how good purely on principle. The government over the years dropped tarriffs to create a ‘level playing field’.All fine and dandy…..if every other country applied the same principle.Well hello…..Ford and Holden are dying,along with the jobs they created. As a nation,China has no sense of whats right or wrong,employing cheap labour we cannot compete with.I could go on all day about this,but you get the idea.If every manufacturing job was lost in Australia tomorrow,China wouldn’t care.Our leaders would pretend to care via a token scripted speech on TV,not once blaming their low tarriffs as one of the factors. Make no mistake.The Chinese government has no morality,and care only about number one.
It looks like a Mitsubishi. Stick 3 diamonds on it, and people may think its the new Mitsubishi Express.
It’d be awkward sitting in the middle when the driver would have to change gear.
Damn! those standard dual doors are going to make camper conversions tough. I’ll wait for the auto / petrol version, hopefully something worth while. Rotating captains chairs would also be a great selling point, popular in the US.
Do not knock the L300 Express, I bought mine in 1982 and close to 999,000 Km still going strong, never been in a commercial workshop, has been serviced and maintained by me all its life.
When is somebody going to wake up & fit rear disc brakes on vans across the board. The price has dropped on the LVD80. you can buy them for around $27,000 plus. They need a 3 Litre engine at least.
Just bought a LDV V80 in Brisbane.. I took it for a test drive and I gave it some and it went surprisingly pretty good. drive is comfortable on bumpy roads as well as flat… it has an iload 5 speed gear box. I picked it up for $24,990 drive away with roof racks and cargo barrier… it is a little higher clearance than your normal iload or hiace so driving in underground car parks will be fun but manageable. comes with a lot of features and a diesel engine.. 3 years or 100K warranty.. im an electrician and this will be interesting to see how it goes for a few years…
Thanks for a genuine review, keep us updated. Lots of armchair knockers here!
I agree Pete… Look forward to an update Matt
Just brought a V80 short wheel base Auto and i am a Courier. I have had it for a few month’s now and so far i am impressed with the LDV.
I have driven sprinters, transits, hiaces, traffics and the LDV seems much user friendly dule doors and light, Driver door is a nice strong door as i am getting in and out very regualy over 100 times a day.
One issue i have noticed there is no oil dip stick (Automatic transmission) in the manual or on the gear box it self to check the fluid, but every thing else is good. No cheep plastic parts all metal not like the new Sprinters iv seen in my depot that have plastic parts.
I got my Dealership to turn off the auto door locking couse most the time i drive 2 Blocks away and need yo get back out and that was done in 2 Minutes.
So far this is one of the more enjoyable vans i have driven and the price you can not beat, turbo deisel auto $36,000 with nudge bar front and back and reverse camera.
I work for LDV and they got the price totally wrong. It starts from $29900 for a manual short wheel base