Chinese van maker LDV – a subsidiary of massive conglomerate SAIC, China’s biggest car-maker – is doing well enough to be considered a small success story in Australia this year.
Under importer Ateco Automotive, sales this year sit at a very respectable 625 units, up 29 per cent on the same period last year (under the same importer).
This growth is being driven by G10 van (274 units) and its people-mover spin-off (222). The older V80 has 118 sales, and its bus spin-off 11.
Measuring just over five metres long and around two metres wide, the ladder-frame D90 will take on the likes of the the Everest and Pajero Sport, plus softer offerings such as the Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Kluger. Or, perhaps, the Haval H9.
Sales of China-made cars sit at 1396 units this year, up 67 per cent.