LDV T60 fi­nally in NZ

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As ute sales con­tinue to surge ahead, it is in­evitable that we see even more com­pa­nies get­ting in on the game, writes Damien O’Car­roll. At one end we have MercedesBenz launch­ing its X Class very shortly, while at the more every­man sec­tion of the mar­ket we now have Chi­nese com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer LDV get­ting in on the ac­tion. LDV is well known in New Zealand, thanks to lo­cal dis­trib­u­tor Great Lake Mo­tor Dis­trib­u­tors ef­forts at get­ting the brand es­tab­lished lo­cally and a prod­uct that res­onates with Kiwi com­mer­cial driv­ers in the form of the very pop­u­lar V80 van. We’ve been hear­ing about the T60 for some time, with some photos and scant in­for­ma­tion, but now it’s here fol­low­ing a black tie launch event in Auck­land. The T60 will ini­tially be of­fered in New Zealand in dou­ble cab 4WD form, but sin­gle cab mod­els fol­low in De­cem­ber and 2WD mod­els in the new year, fol­lowed closely by a seven seat SUV ver­sion. Avail­able ei­ther with a sixspeed man­ual or six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, all T60 vari­ants are pow­ered by a 110kW/ 360Nm 2.8-litre diesel turbo four-cylin­der en­gine that LDV claims has a com­bined fuel con­sump­tion of 8.8L/100km for the man­ual and 9.6L/ 100km for the auto. All mod­els ride on 17-inch al­loy wheels, in­clud­ing a full size al­loy spare as well, and fea­ture dou­ble wish­bone front

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