LDV, China's newest brand to hit Australia, is off to a good start with a top crash score.
The all-new LDV T60 ute, which launches in Australia this week, as well as fellow Chinese offering, the updated Haval H2 SUV, both received five-star ratings alongside the latest version of the Honda CR-V.
The five-star rating for the T60 applies to all four-wheel drive, dual-cab variants while the H2's score relates to all models sold in Australia since it was launched in October 2015.
ANCAP chairman, James Goodwin, praised both Chinese brands for meeting the top-level scores.
“This broadens the segment even further with added choice for safety-conscious consumers using their ute for work and weekends," he said.
“The T60 performed well in our crash tests, although like all light commercial utes currently rated, it lacks autonomous emergency braking."
“Haval came close [to a five-star score] with its large SUV, the H9, which scored 4 stars when rated last year but the H2 improves on that rating, reaching 5 stars through increased levels of occupant protection,” Mr Goodwin added.
The five-star results for LDV and Haval come a month after MG, now a Chinese-owned brand under the SAIC banner, acheived the first five-star ANCAP score for a Chinese-built car with its GS SUV.
LDV says it was not surprised by the five-star score for the T60 - it was even promoting the fact in promotional brochures when it was revealed at the Shanghai motor show earlier this year.
“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," said LDV's general manager in Australia, Dinesh Chinnappa.
“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.”
The T60 is offered in two distinct model lines in Australia from this week, with a trade-focused Pro specification and a family-oriented Luxe trim and a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions in either.
Prices start from $30,516 Driveaway for the Pro manual and top-out at $36,831 Driveaway for the Luxe automatic.