LDV V80 auto – Q1
Automatic versions of the Chinese-made LDV V80 will reach local showrooms during the first quarter of 2015.
The six-speed automated manual gearbox is a $2000 option across the three-model van range, making the short-wheelbase low-roof variant $31,990, the long-wheelbase mid-roof $36,990 and the long-wheelbase high-roof $38,990 (all prices driveaway).
The V80 is powered by a 100kW/330Nm 2.5-litre four-cylinder VM Motori diesel engine that uses 8.9 litres per 100 kilometres on the combined cycle.
Standard features include 16-inch alloy wheels, rear sensors, cruise control and dual sliding side doors, though the V80 misses out on side airbags and electronic stability control.
Read more about the LDV V80.
LDV G10 – second half
LDV is expected to expand beyond commercial vans into the passenger vehicle market with the G10 people-mover in the second half of 2015.
Designed to satisfy European tastes and safety and quality standards, the seven-seater is powered by a modern 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 165kW and 345Nm.
It’s likely to be priced to take on the likes of the Proton Exora (from $25,990 driveaway) and the Ssangyong Stavic (from $29,990 driveaway).
A 14-seat bus is also understood to be on the cards for a local introduction in the back half of 2015.