First Chinese ute to score five stars for crash safety goes on sale in Australia: the LDV T60

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First Chinese ute to score five stars for crash safety goes on sale in Australia: the LDV T60

November 3, 2017 / News
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Almost 10 years after the first Chinese ute scored a poor two stars for crash safety, a new arrival has earned top marks.

One of the cheapest utes to go on sale in Australia is officially one of the safest.

The just-released LDV T60 has become the first Chinese ute to score five stars for safety, according to crash tests by independent authority ANCAP.

The result marks a vast improvement over previous Chinese utes.

Two Great Wall Motors utes that went on sale in 2009 scored a “poor” two stars out of five for safety, with or without airbags.

An updated Great Wall ute called the Steed — introduced in 2016 — also only scored a “poor” two star score despite a substantial overhaul.

Another Chinese ute, the Foton Tunland, only scored three stars when tested in 2013.

But the LDV T60 has set a new benchmark for Chinese utes, scoring a high 35.46 out of 37 points in a series of crash tests on the way to its five-star rating.

Significantly, the LDV T60’s score outranks other five-star utes such as the Nissan Navara (35.01), Holden Colorado (34.89) and Toyota HiLux (34.45).

Only the Mazda BT-50 (35.72), Mitsubishi Triton (36.22) and Ford Ranger (36.72) outscore the LDV T60 in the double-cab ute category.

The LDV T60 also recorded a higher score than the Volkswagen Amarok (32.99) and Isuzu D-Max (33.58).

The LDV T60 is one of the cheapest four-door utes on sale in Australia, starting at $28,990 drive-away for a workhorse model and topping out at $34,990 drive-away for a luxury version.

Chinese utes have so far struggled to gain a foothold in Australia thanks to poor crash safety ratings and a Great Wall Motors asbestos scare.

But the new LDV T60 with a five star safety rating may gain better customer acceptance.

“The LDV T60 dual cab enters the market this week with the 5 star rating it needs to gain sales traction in the highly competitive ute segment,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer James Goodwin.

“This broadens the segment even further with added choice for safety-conscious consumers using their ute for work and weekends.”

Only the Mazda BT-50 (35.72), Mitsubishi Triton (36.22) and Ford Ranger (36.72) outscore the LDV T60 in the double-cab ute category.

The LDV T60 also recorded a higher score than the Volkswagen Amarok (32.99) and Isuzu D-Max (33.58).

The LDV T60 is one of the cheapest four-door utes on sale in Australia, starting at $28,990 drive-away for a workhorse model and topping out at $34,990 drive-away for a luxury version.

Chinese utes have so far struggled to gain a foothold in Australia thanks to poor crash safety ratings and a Great Wall Motors asbestos scare.

But the new LDV T60 with a five star safety rating may gain better customer acceptance.

“The LDV T60 dual cab enters the market this week with the 5 star rating it needs to gain sales traction in the highly competitive ute segment,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer James Goodwin.

“This broadens the segment even further with added choice for safety-conscious consumers using their ute for work and weekends.”

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