Work­ing on tradies

More brands are try­ing new ways of pock­et­ing the blue-sin­glet dol­lar

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among the car mak­ers is they all see tradies as a ma­jor mar­ket.

Nis­san’s Navara has the head­line billing, but the range runs from Great Wall en­trylevel utes all the way to Iveco small trucks and Fiat vans.

The resur­gent Ssangyong is also show­ing its Ac­tyon Sports dual-cab ute and the Ko­rando SUV. Both of the South Korean-built ve­hi­cles have ben­e­fited from a style over­haul. Ssangyong is tout­ing the Ac­tyon Sports’ fuel ef­fi­ciency cre­den­tials, with the 2.0-litre turbo diesel us­ing from just 7.3L/100km.

Fiat com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle sales man­ager Mark Grif­fiths says com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles are also start­ing to find favour.

‘‘ Ev­ery year, we are see­ing more tradies pur­chase vans over utes as they of­fer a bet­ter form of se­cu­rity for their tools of trade,’’ Grif­fiths says.

Re­nault’s Emily Am­brosy says the French maker is look­ing to re­pro­duce its Euro­pean suc­cess Down Un­der with its Kan­goo, Trafic and Mas­ter vans.

‘‘ Re­nault has been No.1 in light com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles in Europe for the past 14 years and we feel we have fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­ni­ties to grow in the Aus­tralian mar­ket.’’

Top billing: Nis­san’s Navara ST-X V6 dual-cab ute will head­line the

Na­tional Tradies Expo

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