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Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Exceed v Holden Trailblazer LTZ comparison

If you’ve outgrown your large SUV, there’s only one way to move and that’s up. And, two manufacturers battling for your hard-earned rugged SUV dollars are Mitsubishi and Holden...

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Volkswagen Australia applying ‘firm pressure’ on factory for safer Amarok
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Volkswagen Australia applying ‘firm pressure’ on factory for safer Amarok

Volkswagen Australia continues to push for better safety features in its Amarok ute, as the company counts the cost of missing the latest safety tech. The Volkswagen Amarok doesn’t have the benchmark level of safety assistance tech that rivals such as the Ford Ranger do...


Volkswagen Amarok V6 demand sees buyers pay over the odds
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Volkswagen Amarok V6 demand sees buyers pay over the odds

A buyer of a Volkswagen Amarok V6 paid 107 per cent of the car’s retail price at auction, and it was a company demonstrator with some kays on the clock. The car in question was a Volkswagen Amarok V6 Ultimate, which sold for $73,250 – a solid premium over the $68,990 list price of the new car...


Every Jeep must be capable of off-road work, Compass designer says
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Every Jeep must be capable of off-road work, Compass designer says

It would seem that a new model destined for the small SUV segment - where vehicles rarely see a dirt road let alone any serious off-road action - doesn’t really need to be a capable weapon in the bush, but the chief designer of the Jeep Compass disagrees. “We have to respect the capability of what it is expected to do and what it has to do within the design,” Vince Galante said at the launch of the all-new 2017 Jeep Cherokee...


No hybrid Jeep Compass or seven-seater anytime soon
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No hybrid Jeep Compass or seven-seater anytime soon

At this week's launch of the 2017 Jeep Compass in the United States, it was made clear to Australian journalists that Jeep won't be releasing a hybrid - or alternative powertrain - version of its small SUV anytime soon. “Could we do it in the future? Sure," Jim Lyijynen, Chief Engineer for Jeep Compass told the assembled Australian media...


2017 Jeep Compass review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Jeep Compass review

The new 2017 Jeep Compass completes a promise Jeep made in 2009 – to dramatically revise everything in its product portfolio. The Compass though will have to fight it out in the most competitive segment of them all – small SUV.

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$35,500

2018 Jeep Compass detailed for Australia
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2018 Jeep Compass detailed for Australia

The all-new 2018 Jeep Compass will land in Australia in the fourth quarter of this year and, while we don't have exact pricing and specification details as yet, we did manage to find out some crucial local information during this week's international first drive in the United States...


2017 Holden Colorado Z71 review: Long-term report one

2017 Holden Colorado Z71 review: Long-term report one

Call Mr Plow, that’s my name. That name again is Mr Plow. The 2017 Holden Colorado Z71 joins the long-term fleet.

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$57,190

2017 Ford Ranger XLT v Volkswagen Amarok V6 Highline comparison
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2017 Ford Ranger XLT v Volkswagen Amarok V6 Highline comparison

The space between working ute and family SUV is getting greyer. Quite literally, when you consider our test cars here. The hugely popular 4x4 double-cab is getting smarter, safer and more comfortable, but until now, one key area has remained somewhat elusive: power...


Skoda considered an Amarok of its own
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Skoda considered an Amarok of its own

Skoda considered its own version of the first-generation Volkswagen Amarok, but it was deemed that the market relevance where the Czech brand was present was too small. The Volkswagen-owned brand didn’t proceed with its plans, according to Skoda Australia director Michael Irmer, because it didn’t have the presence it needed in markets where utes, or pick-ups, are most popular...


Skoda Kodiaq SUV fast-tracked for Australia, mid-$40K start point expected
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Skoda Kodiaq SUV fast-tracked for Australia, mid-$40K start point expected

The all-new Skoda Kodiaq SUV is being fast-tracked for its Australian launch, with the Czech brand confirming the seven-seat, all-wheel-drive high-rider will now arrive here in June. That is about six weeks earlier than the company had initially planned to launch the first-ever Skoda seven-seater, and there are a few reasons for Aussies earning early access to the Kodiaq...


2017 Ford Ranger FX4 pricing and specs
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2017 Ford Ranger FX4 pricing and specs

The limited-edition 2017 Ford Ranger FX4 has been revealed, giving the popular ute a 'black pack' makeover. In America, the FX4 badge currently brings enhanced capability to the big F-150 truck, but, in our case, Ford has stuck with a purely aesthetic exercise...


2017 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet officially revealed
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2017 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet officially revealed

The ultra-luxurious and ultra-wacky Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet has officially been revealed, following leaked images posted online last week, packing a twin-turbo V12 and a retractable roof for those hot summer desert days. Based on the old-school G-Class or 'G-Wagen', the Maybach G650 Landaulet is somewhat of a final send-off for the current-generation off-roader, which dates back to 1979...


2017 Ford Ranger XLS Special Edition review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Ford Ranger XLS Special Edition review

The same basic underpinnings with handy accessories and bundle value, what's not to like about the 2017 Ford Ranger XLS Special Edition?

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$48,990 - $51,190

2017 Isuzu D-Max review
Rating: 710 /10
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2017 Isuzu D-Max review

Can an upgraded engine, new transmissions and quieter cabin push the 2017 Isuzu D-Max up the sales charts?

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$28,500 - $54,200

2017 Isuzu D-Max pricing and specs: Updated engine and more kit
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2017 Isuzu D-Max pricing and specs: Updated engine and more kit

It may not look very different, but the 2017 Isuzu D-Max ute has seen some significant changes under the skin. The most significant chance is a re-worked version of the brand’s 3.0-litre turbo diesel truck engine, which is now Euro 5 compliant. It retains the same 130kW of power but now has 430Nm of torque (from 2000-2200rpm)...


2016.5 Isuzu MU-X pricing and specs: D-Max twin gets engine upgrade, more features
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2016.5 Isuzu MU-X pricing and specs: D-Max twin gets engine upgrade, more features

The 2016.5 Isuzu MU-X has arrived in Australia, and, yes, '2016.5' is an unusual model year designation. The updated model doesn’t gain the same cosmetic adjustments as the Isuzu D-Max ute, but it does get the brand’s newly developed 3.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder engine. In fact, Australia is the first in the world to get an MU-X with the new drivetrain...


2017 Mini Countryman pricing to nudge $40,000
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2017 Mini Countryman pricing to nudge $40,000

Mini Australia is keen to look at the business case for the hybrid version of the redesigned 2017 Mini Countryman, but for now is only willing to confirm a four model grade line-up - and a pricier one at that. There are six variants of the current Countryman on sale in Australia, but Mini will simplify that with the release of the new model...


2017 Mini Countryman review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Mini Countryman review

For the first time the Mini Countryman is a purpose-built small SUV aimed at providing Mini fans with yet another option. Based on BMW X1 architecture, Mini is adamant it must retain its point of difference.


2017 Toyota 70 Series GXL Wagon review
Rating: 710 /10
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2017 Toyota 70 Series GXL Wagon review

It's been around for decades, but now, with subtle improvements, the 70 Series continues to forge ahead in the tough-as-nails off-road class.