The Chinese are coming again. Ateco has launched the LDV T60 Dual Cab 4WD Ute to the market and it is set to shake up the status quo a little.
Sharp pricing, loads of features, an established dealer network and an importer that has a good relationship with the manufacturer.
Maybe this time we will see some success.
SAIC builds about 6,500,000-7,000,000 vehicles a year. That is impressive. It has a number of joint ventures with other manufacturers such as the VW group, General Motors and Iveco and has importantly established itself in the people mover and light van market segments in Australia with more than 5% of those segments.
This also has an established dealer network of 45 dealers, which will grow to 60 plus over the next few years. On top of this the importer is ATECO which has a strong history (with one or two hiccups) of establishing brands in the Australian market. Think Kia and Suzuki as well as Maserati, Ferrari and Lamborghini.
LDV T60 Dual Cab Ute quick facts:
• Only comes in Dual Cab body shape
• Only comes in 4WD
• Six speed manual and six speed automatic transmissions
• One 2.8 L Turbo diesel
• Power of 110 kW @ 3400 rpm
• Torque of 360 Nm @ 1600 to 2800 rpm.
• Two trim levels PRO and LUXE
• 10 inch touch screen Apple Car play and Android Auto
• Packed with standard features
• Impressive Safety features
Safety features include Airbags (6) – Driver and front passenger airbags (2), side bags (2), full length curtain bags (2), Front Seatbelts with Dual Pretensioners for the shoulder and hip, Child Anchoring – ISOFIX + Top Tether (2), Daytime Running Lights – LED, Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS), Blind Spot Monitor, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Assist (EBA), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Hill-Start Assist System (HAS), Roll Movement Intervention (RMI), Traction Control System (TCS ), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Electronic Rear On Demand Differential Lock and Engine Immobiliser.
The all-new LDV T60 Ute went on sale in Australia from 1 October 2017, delivering a combination of high equipment levels, real value for money, four-wheel drive ability on all versions. Pricing was described as ‘sharp’ at the launch, which is an understatement. It represents awesome value.