14.03.14 - Cars Guide: Australia's first home-grown All Terrain Vehicle
"An all-terrain vehicle designed for the Israeli military will be built in Australia. Its target audience includes farmers, commercial operators and recreational users. The Tomcar ATV range will be built in Oakleigh under an agreement between Tomcar Australia and local component maker MTM Auto. Prices start at $24,995 for the two-seater TM-2.
There is also a four-seat TM-4 and a long-wheelbase two-seater ute, the TM 5. Hand-made around a tubular steel frame with an aluminium skid plate and heavy duty long-travel swing-arm suspension, the Tomcar is powered by either a 1.0-litre petrol engine or a naturally aspirated 1.4-litre diesel.The Melbourne-based project will be the first ATV assembled in Australia. It is expected to employ 50 people directly and up to 300 more in the supply industry.
It has a CVT transmission driving the rear axle through double roller chains and comes with low range and a differential lock. The base model weighs in at just 715kg, measures 2820mm long by 1780mm wide and has a ground clearance of a lofty 381mm. Originally built for the Israeli military, the Tomcar is also used by the US Customs and Border Patrol and the British Army. Up to 5000 Tomcars will be produced over the next five years for farming, mining, tourism, search and rescue, police, recreational and national parks industries.
Tomcar Australia estimates local content will be almost 80 per cent and MTM Auto is planning to export to the Pacific region."
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