Chinese carmaker SAIC has at last launched its light commercial vehicle range in Australia, arriving under the new 'LDV' marque.
Distributed in Australia by Sydney-based WMC, the first models to go on sale in Australia will be the three-variant V80 commercial van range.
All models are powered by a 2.5 litre VM Motori common-rail turbodiesel engine built under licence in China, producing 100kW and 330Nm of torque.
Mated to a five-speed manual as standard and a front-wheel-drive layout, fuel consumption is listed at 7.7 l/100km in Chinese-market tests, although local figures are still to be confirmed.
A petrol engine and a six-speed automatic option are expected to join the range later in 2013, along with a number of passenger models.
Suspension in the V80 commercial vans is MacPherson struts up front and a solid beam-axle with leaf springs at the rear. WMC says the LDV vans' suspension has been tuned by England's MIRA specifically for Australia.
The SWB model offers a 1.3 tonne payload and a GVM of 3.2 tonnes, the LWB models are rated with a 1.8 tonne payload and 3.5 tonne GVM.
All three V80 vans roll on 16-inch alloy wheels, with disc brakes all-round.
The entry-level short wheelbase V80 is priced at $32,990 - $2000 more than the base Hyundai iLoad - but offers electric windows and mirrors, air conditioning, USB audio connectivity (Bluetooth due in the coming months), cruise control, remote central locking, front fog lights, reversing sensors and LED lights.
There's dual sliding doors and barn doors, with a two-pallet cargo space in the rear. All three models also featue a slip-proof cargo floor with integrated wiring and either four or six tie-down points.
The cargo area measures 3300mm long, 1800mm wide and 1960mm high (high-roof), with capacity listed at 11.6 cubic metres.
Moving up to the two long wheelbase models, the mid-roof option is priced at $37,990, while the high-roof choice enters at $39,990. Standard features mirror those offered with the short wheelbase model.
Safety features in all three models include dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution and Brake Assist.
All V80s come with a three-year/100,000km warranty.