A super economical LPG version of Proton's recently launched Jumbuck pick-up is now available from the UK importer at an additional cost of less than £1,000.
The bi-fuel conversion is carried out for Proton Cars (UK) Ltd by LPG specialist Beacon Technology and is backed by Proton's normal three year/60,000 mile total vehicle warranty.
Available ex-stock from Proton on GL, GS and GLS versions, the LPG conversion makes sound sense for both business and leisure users. At less than half the price of petrol or diesel, LPG will provide owners with a quick return on their investment.
Customers ordering a bi-fuel Jumbuck from the Proton dealer network will benefit from a 60 per cent Powershift grant, reducing the actual cost of the conversion to just £780 plus VAT. Even with additional transport costs from the installer and a spare wheel cover, business users who can reclaim VAT will still be able to finance the conversion for less than £1,000.
For the Jumbuck, a 42 litre doughnut-shaped LPG tank is mounted in the well normally occupied by the spare wheel. The spare is then bolted to the bulkhead inside the Jumbuck load bay with a securing bracket and is protected by a spare wheel cover.
As with other Proton models converted to bi-fuel operation, the switch from petrol to LPG running or back to petrol is seamless. A light on the fascia indicates when the Jumbuck's 1.5 litre engine is running on LPG and the fuel gauge simultaneously shows the level of gas in the LPG tank. When this falls to a pre-set refill point, the gauge automatically switches to show what is left is the petrol tank.
"We do not have a diesel engine option for the Jumbuck," says Proton Cars (UK) Managing Director Brian Collier, "but with LPG available on the forecourt at around half the price of a litre of unleaded petrol or diesel, LPG can be more economical for cost-conscious business users."
There are now in excess of 1,300 LPG public fuelling points throughout the UK and the number is constantly increasing, while for fleet users, bulk supplies of LPG are also available at very large discounts.
Prices for the Jumbuck range begin at just £5,995 plus VAT and on-the-road supplement for the GL version, which is ideally suited to the demands of the business user. A GS version with more equipment costs £6,495 ex-VAT, while for leisure enthusiasts seeking a stylish and more practical alternative to their car, the GLS version with two-tone metallic paint, CD player and other added features is the answer.Published 18 December 2003