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CarAdvice podcast 31: 2018 Mustang leaked, Kodiaq review, WRC and LA report, and LHD conversions!

Paul returns from the LA Motor Show and gives us his hits and misses, and Dave is fresh (and dusty) from the WRC. In car news this week, we feature the 2018 Ford Mustang details being leaked, 2017 Suzuki S-Cross and Holden Barina pricing and specs, Dodge Charger and Challenger being investigated for a RHD conversion, 2018 LDV T60 ute is revealed and the Honda Jazz infotainment unit gets an update, but it's missing something very important! We talk to James Ward about the 2017 Skoda Kodiaq, which he drove on its launch in Minorca...

LDV e-G10 revealed in Guangzhou, under consideration for Australia

The all-electric LDV e-G10 has been unveiled over the weekend at the Guangzhou motor show, becoming the Chinese manufacturer's latest model in its expanding line-up. Powered by a 75kW/380Nm electric motor, the LDV e-G10 can accelerate from 0-100km/h in under 14 seconds on its way to a top speed of 150km/h...

2018 LDV T60 ute revealed, Australian debut confirmed: Five-star ANCAP score expected

The anticipated 2018 LDV T60 ute has been revealed at this week's Guangzhou motor show, offering a first look at the Chinese commercial vehicle brand's rival to the top-selling Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger. An Australian launch for the LDV T60 has also been locked in, with local distributor Ateco today confirming the ute's debut will occur in the second half of next year...

Great Wall damaged "brand China" in Australia, former distributor says

The boss of Australia’s primary importer of Chinese vehicles, Ateco automotive, says commercial vehicle manufacturer LDV and its parent company SAIC are worlds apart from the likes of Great Wall, which damaged the reputation of Chinese vehicles in Australia...

LDV: New Chinese ute here in 2017 with 2.8-litre diesel

Chinese-owned commercial vehicle specialist, LDV, is planning to launch its ute next year to compete with the likes of the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger. Speaking yesterday at the launch of the LDV G10 turbo-diesel van, Chinese executives confirmed the timing for the pick-up launch for our market as around mid 2017...

LDV G10 gets turbo-diesel option from $28,990 drive-away

The LDV G10 van is now available with the option of a turbo-diesel engine in Australia. Kicking off at $28,990 drive-away with the six-speed manual ($31,490 auto), the diesel-powered G10 van represents a $3000 increase over the equivalent manual-equipped petrol model. The 1.9-litre oiler produces 106.5kW of power at 4000rpm and a meaty 350Nm of torque between 1800 and 2600rpm...

Medium van sales are booming right now

The medium-sized van segment grew faster, in percentage terms, than any other part of the new vehicle market in the first half of 2016. According to VFACTS industry data, the Vans/CC 2.5-3.5-tonne segment shot up 21.4 per cent over the same period last year, to 10,480 sales in total (giving it a little under 2 per cent of the overall new vehicle market)...

People-movers coming in 2016

People-movers coming in 2016 Renault Master 12-seat bus – January LDV G10 diesel – Q4  ...

2016 LDV New Cars

Details of the new and updated LDV vehicles launching in Australia in 2016.   G10 diesel – Q4 Details are thin at this stage, but CarAdvice understands the LDV G10 range may be boosted by the addition a diesel engine towards the end of 2016. The G10 van and people-mover twins are currently only available with a 165kW/330Nm 2...

2015 LDV G10 manual pricing and specifications: five-speed shifter drops entry to $25,990

The six-speed automatic of the recently launched 2015 LDV G10 van has been joined by a $25,990 five-speed manual option, cutting the Chinese van’s price of entry by $4000. In June, the G10 launched at $29,990 drive-away with a 165kW/330Nm turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine and a ZF-sourced six-speed auto, the combination making it a unique proposition in the Australian market...

LDV working on new ute for Australia

Chinese newcomer LDV is hard at work developing a new ute for the Australian market. The Chinese company – which currently sells the G10 van (pictured) and people-mover and the larger V80 commercial van – is looking to expand its footprint in Australia with a ute model that will no doubt follow a similar formula to the models it currently sells...

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