China’s LDV van range has been relaunched in Australia, with the V80 in various body styles being the first model to re-enter the market.
The V80 short-wheelbase kicks off the range with pricing set at $29,990 drive-away for ABN holders, while the V80 long-wheelbase high-roof with ‘automated manual’ transmission is the most expensive at $38,990.
In between, there’s the V80 long-wheelbase mid-roof model with the manual priced at $34,990 and the auto priced from $36,990; both drive-away.
The automated manual is a six-speed unit available as a $2000 option to LDV customers from early next year, while a ‘standard’ five-speed manual is available now in all models.
This means all V80 models will soon be available with either manual or automatic transmissions in both short- and long-wheelbase with a mid-roof layout, while the LWB also gets the option of a high-roof configuration.
Power comes from a 2.5 litre turbo-diesel engine producing 100kW and 330Nm, with the manual model returning 7.7 l/100km during testing for the Chinese market.
Inside, the V80 gets standard air conditioning, cruise control and keyless entry along with electric windows and mirrors.
Even in its smallest form, the V80 gets a competitive 6400 litres of cargo space and a 1160kg payload. This compares favourably with the top-selling models in the van segment, all of which carry higher starting prices in diesel form than the V80.
When the range was initially detailed in January 2013, pricing for the V80 started from $32,990 plus-on road costs.
But distribution has since shifted to the Ateco group, which promised a more aggressive pricing-structure for the LDV brand.
LDV is expected to introduce 11- and 14-seat bus versions (auto only) to its model range in 2015, along with a cab/chassis model (manual only).
Pricing (drive-away for ABN holders)
2015 LDV V80
- SWB manual - $29,990
- SWB auto - $31,990
- LWB mid-roof manual - $34,990
- LWB mid-roof auto - $36,990
- LWB high-roof manual - $36,990
- LWB high-roof auto - $38,990