Chinese van maker LDV has set the benchmark in automatic pricing between now and the end of the financial year by making its one tonne G10 diesel with a six-speed transmission the same price as the manual.

Either transmission is now available from $28,990, with the automatic also gaining steering wheel mounted controls for audio and cruise control.

The LDV G10’s 1.9 turbo diesel engine produces 106.5 kW and a load-lugging 350 Nm of torque from an impressively low 1800 rpm.

The 5.2 cubic metre load space swallows two standard pallets and is easily accessible through large twin side sliding doors, and a rear lift gate, and there is an option of rear barn doors.

The comprehensive equipment list for the LDV G10 includes air conditioning, power steering, cruise control (in the automatic versions), power windows, electric mirrors, 16” alloy wheels, Bluetooth and a quality audio system including a large 7” LCD touch screen.

Along with its comfort and capacity for hard work, the G10 also boasts a long list of modern safety features including electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, airbags, roll movement intervention, reverse camera, parking sensors and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

The new LDV G10 turbo diesel is available with a full range of accessories to enable owners and fleets to tailor the G10 van to specific business needs. These include a range of cargo barriers, easy load roof rack systems, load area lining kits, window kits, tow bars and heavy duty steps, as well as nudge bars and weather shields.

The G10 is also offered with two petrol variants. The manual features a larger capacity normally aspirated 2.4 litre 105 kW engine, whilst the six-speed ZF automatic boasts a 2.0 litre, twin-cam turbocharged petrol engine that pumps out 165 kW and 330 Nm.

LDV offers a three year/100,000km warranty with national roadside assist.