Ex­ec­u­tive peo­ple mover

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Motoring -

LDV has in­tro­duced a lim­ited edi­tion Ex­ec­u­tive ver­sion of its G10 peo­ple-mover to its lineup that adds a num­ber of premium fea­tures over stan­dard vari­ants.

Just 250 ex­am­ples of the G10 Ex­ec­u­tive will be of­fered in Aus­tralia, and buy­ers can choose be­tween the seven or nine-seat ver­sion, but it will be of­fered ex­clu­sively with the ZF sixspeed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

The high-end ver­sion of the G10 com­petes with other peo­ple-movers such as the age­ing Toy­ota Tarago, Honda Odyssey, Kia Car­ni­val, Volk­swa­gen Mul­ti­van and even the Mercedes-benz Va­lente.

LDV has priced the G10 Ex­ec­u­tive at $36,990 for the seven-seater and $38,990 for the nine-seater ver­sion. The pric­ing is drive­away.

This is a $7000 premium over the stan­dard seven-seater, while the ni­ne­seat ver­sion is $6000 dearer than the reg­u­lar ver­sion.

The Ex­ec­u­tive gains leather trim on the seats of both ver­sions, as well as dual elec­tric side slid­ing doors that can be op­er­ated re­motely, a 360-de­gree cam­era, three glass roofs and premium paint, while the seven-seater also adds a re­mote-con­trolled elec­tric tail­gate.

Other new fea­tures in­clude a dash­mounted 10-inch touch­screen, while in the rear, pas­sen­gers have ac­cess to a roof-mounted drop-down LCD en­ter­tain­ment screen.

The ex­te­rior also gets lash­ings of chrome to dif­fer­en­ti­ate it from the stan­dard G10 vari­ants.

This is on top of fea­tures that are al­ready stan­dard, in­clud­ing a 7.0inch LCD screen with a re­vers­ing cam­era, a six-speaker en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem, Blue­tooth, cruise con­trol, a multi-func­tion steer­ing wheel, front and rear air-con­di­tion­ing, front and rear park­ing sen­sors, adap­tive Xenon head­lights, rain-sens­ing wipers, front and rear fog­lights, heated power side mir­rors, a tyre pressure mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem and emer­gency brake as­sist.

The Ex­ec­u­tive uses the same petrol en­gine as the stan­dard G10, which is a 165kw-330nm 2.0-litre tur­bocharged four-cylin­der unit, with a com­bined fuel con­sump­tion fig­ure of 11.7 litres per 100km.

LDV also of­fers a tradie-friendly light-com­mer­cial ver­sion of the G10, with both petrol and diesel pow­er­train op­tions.

The Chi­nese-built G10 went on sale in mid-2015 in LCV form ahead of the peo­ple-mover ar­riv­ing.

Both ver­sions scored just three stars in an Aus­tralasian New Car As­sess­ment Pro­gram crash test last year.

Af­ter a slow start to sales in 2015 when LDV sold 183 G10s, it picked up the pace in 2016, find­ing 579 homes, be­fore sales in­creased by 27.3 per­cent last year to 737 units.

That haul was enough to catch up to es­tab­lished mod­els in the peo­ple­mover seg­ment, in­clud­ing the Tarago with 958 sales, and Hyundai’s imax, 987, but not enough to beat the Odyssey, 2184, and Car­ni­val, 5878.

PEO­PLE MOVER: LDV’S G10 gains some premium fea­tures for its Ex­ec­u­tive vari­ant but only 250 will be sold Down Un­der.

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