- The LDV T60 Double Cab Ute is the first Chinese commercial vehicle to reach the ANCAP five-star standard.
- The Five Star rating applies to all versions sold in Australia
- The Five Star result is achieved both through performance in crash tests and the standard fitment of a wide range of safety features to help avoid accidents.
Just weeks after its arrival in Australia, the LDV T60 Double Cab Ute has achieved the top five-star standard issued by independent Australian crash test experts, ANCAP, marking the first time a Chinese commercial vehicle has achieved this benchmark result.
“We are extremely pleased that the LDV T60 Double Cab Ute has achieved this result, but not surprised,” says Dinesh Chinnappa, General Manager of LDV Automotive Australia. “From the moment the idea of the T60 was conceived LDV set itself the goal of meeting the Gold Standard of safety, the ANCAP Five Star rating, and it has single mindedly perused this result.”
“LDV called on the resources of China’s largest car making group, their parent company SAIC, with access to China’s largest research and development facilities and the largest test track in Asia, they designed into the T60 all the safety features needed to achieve this result and then they relentlessly crash tested the T60 to ensure it met these standards. Then they took the T60 to independent test centers to validate their results. The thoroughness of their work, the detail of design and the quality of their construction of the T60 is confirmed by this independent result.”
For LDV in Australia the result achieved by the T60 Double Cab Ute carries considerable importance well beyond the confidence it provides for buyers considering the T60 that they are purchasing a safe vehicle with the technology to help avoid accidents.
“The five-star rating opens the door to new fleet and government opportunities for LDV as we are able to offer the T60 as a vehicle with exceptional value for money and it has the five-star ANCAP rating that they insist is the minimum standard for their purchases,” says Mr Chinnappa. “The result is also a benchmark test for dealers looking to take on the LDV franchise as we grow our business, as this proves the commitment to growth as well as safety that LDV has made for the future.”
The LDV T60 has arrived in double cab, four-wheel drive across the range with a choice six speed manual or automatic gearboxes. All versions boast an impressive array of standard equipment. Safety features include blind spot warning, six airbags, tyre pressure warning and a host of electronic safety features, while luxury features fitted to all versions include a ten-inch touch screen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, along with alloy wheels, side steps and roof rails. Power windows, remote central locking and AirCon are standard across the range, as are automatic height adjusting headlights that ensure they are always working at the optimum height, regardless of the load in the T60.
The initial LDV T60 range for Australia is powered by a 2.8 litre Turbo Diesel engine matched to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox. All versions have four-wheel drive with high and low range. There are two trim and equipment versions, PRO for the working Ute and LUXE for the dual purpose or family recreational Ute. LUXE not only adds a range of standard equipment as befits the range-topping variant, it even has different suspension settings aimed at the recreational market, while the PRO has a set-up suitable for all-day, every day loaded and working. All versions are rated to tow up to three tonnes with a braked trailer.
For the arrival of the T60 LDV has also raised the stakes with its warranty, taking it out to five years and 130,000 km and 24/7 roadside assistance. LDV’s confidence in its latest model is also demonstrated by its ten year body anti-perforation warranty, demonstrating that the T60 will have a long and productive life, whether it’s going to the camping site or building site.
The LDV T60’s advanced design, value for money equipment levels and ability has not stopped LDV from maintaining its keen pricing proposition established with its van range. The LDV T60 opens its account in Australia for ABN holders at $28,990 driveaway for the LDV T60 PRO manual, a fully equipped four-wheel drive Ute that is ready to earn its keep. The LDV T60 LUXE manual starts at $32,990, a fully equipped Ute that is as comfortable working hard, as a family is comfortable using it for recreational activities.
LDV T60 Price List
|ABN Holders||Recommended Retail Price|
|LDV T60 PRO manual||$28,990||$30,516||Driveaway|
|LDV T60 PRO automatic||$30,990||$32,621||Driveaway|
|LDV T60 LUXE manual||$32,990||$34,726||Driveaway|
|LDV T60 LUXE automatic||$34,990||$36,831||Driveaway|
LDV is a division of SAIC (Shanghai Automobile and Industrial Corporation), the largest and oldest automotive manufacturer in China as well as being the largest auto company on China’s share market. A Fortune Global 500 company, holding 46th position in the world’s largest companies on the list, SAIC sold more than 5.9 million vehicles in 2015, more than six million in 2016 and its set to top the seven million mark in 2017. It was the first company to enter joint ventures with non-Chinese car makers and has formed joint ventures with Volkswagen, IVECO and General Motors.
SAIC Motor’s business covers the research, production and vehicle sales of both passenger cars and commercial vehicles. It also covers components including engines, gearboxes, powertrains, chassis, interior and exterior and miscellaneous electronic components, and logistics, vehicle telematics, second-hand vehicle transactions and auto finance services.
In 2009 SAIC acquired LDV, the light commercial vehicle division born from the Anglo Dutch commercial vehicle company Leyland DAF, a company formed from two of Europe’s leading commercial vehicle companies, Leyland Trucks and DAF Trucks. This purchase included the LDV V80 platform, a new platform developed for production in Europe and Asia. LDV is one of Europe’s most recognised commercial vehicle brands. Not only has LDV had sales success as a cargo and passenger van, it has been selected by the British government for use by the Royal Bank, Royal Mail and as travel vehicles for the British Royal family. It is also the recipient of numerous international awards.