LDV T60 takes on pick-up mar­ket

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph Motoring - Ewan Kennedy

Some­what bizarrely, the pick-up truck mar­ket con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate sales of new “pas­sen­ger” ve­hi­cles in Aus­tralia.

Now a new Chi­nese com­peti­tor has ar­rived to try to grab a share of this lu­cra­tive seg­ment, the LDV T60.

This is a se­ri­ous com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle, not a toy truck, and the LDV pick-up comes as a dou­ble­cab, dual-range four-wheel-drive.

It is powered by a 2.8-litre tur­bod­iesel that sits be­hind a six-speed man­ual or six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Al­loy wheels, side steps and roof rails are stan­dard.

Lux­ury fea­tures in all mod­els in­clude air-con­di­tion­ing, a large 10-inch touch­screen dis­play, Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto, power win­dows, re­mote cen­tral lock­ing.

There are two trim and equip­ment ver­sions, PRO for the work­ing pick-up and LUXE for the fam­ily truck. The LUXE has softer sus­pen­sion set­tings than the PRO.

The T60’s load tub is lined with a hard-wear­ing liner.

There are six load tie-down points, four at low level and two on the tub rim.

The PRO has a multi-bar head­board to pro­tect the rear win­dow and pro­vide sup­port for long loads.

The LUXE has a pol­ished chrome sport bar.

All ver­sions are rated to tow a braked trailer with a mass of up to three tonnes.

Keen to come to the Aus­tralian mar­ket with a big push, the T60 LDV has an im­pres­sive war­ranty of five years or 130,000km.

There is also a 10-year body per­fo­ra­tion rust war­ranty.

All this is backed up by a 24/7 road­side as­sis­tance and a loan car pro­gram.

WHO IS LDV?

The LDV name is rel­a­tively un­known in Aus­tralia but the maker has been a long-term player in other coun­tries, in­clud­ing the UK and Europe. LDV was formed from a merger be­tween Ley­land Trucks and DAF Trucks.

Since 2009, LDV has been a di­vi­sion of Shang­hai Au­to­mo­bile and In­dus­trial Cor­po­ra­tion, the largest and old­est au­to­mo­tive man­u­fac­turer in China.

We spent some time tour­ing the cor­po­ra­tion’s fa­cil­i­ties in China sev­eral years back, talk­ing to var­i­ous depart­ment heads and lis­ten­ing to their plans.

There is no doubt these peo­ple are very se­ri­ous in their long-term am­bi­tions.

Prices for Aus­tralian ABN hold­ers start at $28,990 drive-away for the LDV T60 PRO man­ual.

The T60 LUXE man­ual starts at $32,990.

Pic­tures: Mar­que Mo­tor­ing

Chi­nese-built, but with a Euro­pean her­itage, the LDV T60 four-door pick-up is well priced.

A large touch screen dom­i­nates the con­sole.

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