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HSV Maloo R8 Review
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HSV Maloo R8 Review

HSV has produced what must surely be the world’s best Ute in their 20 Years of Maloo R8.


Holden Commodore SV6 Ute Review
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Holden Commodore SV6 Ute Review

More showpony than workhorse...


Volkswagen Amarok First Steer Review
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Volkswagen Amarok First Steer Review

Update: Volkswagen Amarok Review. Volkswagen Amarok First Steer Review Volkswagen has entered the one-tonne ute market with a model called Amarok. The Euro light-commercial market is dominated by vans and half-tonne utes, hence the German giant’s slowness in building a one-tonner. Volkswagen invited us to the international launch of the Volkswagen Amarok in South Africa...


HSV Maloo GXP & Holden Commodore SS V-Series Ute Review
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HSV Maloo GXP & Holden Commodore SS V-Series Ute Review

Special editions are always fun and these two are no exception. Model Tested: 2010 HSV Maloo GXP; 6.2-litre V8 LS3; six-speed automatic $53,990 2010 Holden Commodore SS V-Series Ute Special Edition; 6.0-litre V8; six-speed automatic $49,490 Options: None fitted. Different styling, Maloo now more functional, value for money...


2010 Volkswagen Transporter, Multivan & Caravelle Review
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2010 Volkswagen Transporter, Multivan & Caravelle Review

2010 Volkswagen Transporter, Multivan & Caravelle Review Volkswagen's Transporter and People Mover range celebrates 60 years of production this month, and what better way to enjoy your diamond anniversary than with the release of an all-new model... Or is that mostly-new? Simply speaking the new Volkswagen Transporter is a very thorough half-body revision, with almost all the changes made forward of the 'B' pillar...


Holden Commodore SS Ute Review & Road Test
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Holden Commodore SS Ute Review & Road Test

Works best at play Model Tested: 2009 Holden Commodore SS Ute; 6.0-litre V8 AFM petrol; six-speed automatic; utility - $44,490* Options (as fitted): Metallic Paint $500 (Voodoo); Hard Tonneau $3,030; 20-inch Alloy Wheels $2,369; Matching Spare Wheel $350 Torquey engine; assertive appearance; sporty handling; cabin space and comfort Dull transmission; poor visibility; dated interior; fuel consumption; weak FM reception CarAdvice Rating: As a trade-tough work ute, the Holden Commodore SS is an awesome Commodore Coupe...


Isuzu D-Max Ute Review & Road Test
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Isuzu D-Max Ute Review & Road Test

The word Isuzu is familiar to those of us that know our trucks, as the world's biggest manufacturer of medium to heavy duty trucks the Isuzu brand is held in high regard around the world. The actual Japanese word "Isuzu", however, literally means "fifty bells". The brand is named after the Isuzu River in the city of Ise, Mie Prefecture, Japan...


Ford Ranger Review & Road Test
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Ford Ranger Review & Road Test

With a 3000kg towing capacity, you could even tow Amanda Vanstone. Model Tested: 2009 Ford Ranger XLT 4x2 Crew Cab; 3.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel; five-speed manual - $40,590 CarAdvice Rating: It’s big, it’s brash and it’s the latest iteration of Ford’s ‘built Ford tough’ commercial utes...


Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo Ute Review & Road Test
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Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo Ute Review & Road Test

The Paris Hilton of Utes: so wrong, but oh so right. Model Tested: 2009 Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo Ute; 4.0-litre, six-cylinder, turbo petrol; six-speed automatic; utility - $43,490* Options Available: Prestige Paint $400 (Dash); Safety Enhancement Pack $600; XR Sports Pack $1000; Satellite Navigation $2290 CarAdvice Rating: What started life as a necessary utility for a tradesman has evolved into something of an Aussie icon and status symbol...


Proton Jumbuck - Long Term Conclusion
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Proton Jumbuck - Long Term Conclusion

After four months here at the CarAdvice office it's time to say goodbye to our long term bargain basement ute, the Proton Jumbuck. Following a raft of duties, and in excess of 7000kms of driving, the little lugger returned trouble free motoring with a couple of plastic rattles the only issues of any note...


Holden Commodore LPG Ute Review & Road Test
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Holden Commodore LPG Ute Review & Road Test

Holden's take on Australia's cheap fuel - LPG. Model Tested: 2009 Holden Commodore Omega LPG Ute; 3.6-litre, six-cylinder, dual fuel; four-speed automatic; utility - $36,890* Options: Metallic Paint $500 (Fitted - Nitrate Metallic); Six CD Stacker $595; LPG integration; value for money; styling Power and torque; automatic transmission CarAdvice Rating: By Paul Maric When it comes to tools of the trade, one of the most important is the humble utility...


Proton Jumbuck - Long Term Update
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Proton Jumbuck - Long Term Update

"Three months and all's well for our long-term Jumbuck" The Jumbuck has virtually become the CarAdvice mascot since joining us in late May with just about everyone in the Melbourne office having rotated through the car for a few weeks each...


Mahindra launches next generation Pik-Up
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Mahindra launches next generation Pik-Up

2009 Mahindra Pik-Up - First Look Ever heard of, or even seen a Mahindra Pik-Up? Funny enough, I saw one of these Indian designed and built vehicles yesterday for the first time, on Sydney’s northern beaches. Don’t be at all surprised though, by the lack of Mahindra sightings if you happen live in any of Australia’s capital cities, you're not the target market, at least, not yet...


Proton Jumbuck - Long Term Update
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Proton Jumbuck - Long Term Update

2009 Proton Jumbuck GLSi - Long Term Update "It's odd, but I'm becoming quite attached to the little Jumbuck" - by Matt Brogan If someone had told me eight weeks ago that I'd grow rather attached to our long-term Proton Jumbuck then they may have been met with a rather snide "yeah right"...


2009 Proton Jumbuck - Long Term Update
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2009 Proton Jumbuck - Long Term Update

2009 Proton Jumbuck - Long Term Car Update I wasn’t looking forward to it, I had to drive the Proton Jumbuck, surely I could move house in the BMW 7 Series we had on loan. I couldn’t convince Road Test Editor Matt Brogan to get out of the front seat though, where he was busy programming the distribution of the heated seats...


2009 Proton Jumbuck - Long Term Test
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2009 Proton Jumbuck - Long Term Test

2009 Proton Jumbuck GLSi - Long Term Test Once a jolly Jumbuck came to work for CarAdvice... - by Matt Brogan The CarAdvice office has this week received its latest long-term loan vehicle, this time one of Australia's cheapest cars, and indeed our cheapest ute, the Proton Jumbuck...


2008 FPV F6 310 Ute Review
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2008 FPV F6 310 Ute Review

2008 FPV F6 310 Ute Review & Road Test Spend a week in the hot seat and you'll agree, this is one quick utility. Model Tested: 2008 FPV F6 310 Style Side Utility, 4...


2008 Mitsubishi Triton 4x2 Review
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2008 Mitsubishi Triton 4x2 Review

2008 Mitsubishi Triton 4x2 Review & Road Test Model Tested: 2008 Mitsubishi Triton Dual Cab 2.5-litre 4x2 - $ 28,990 (RRP) Options: Automatic transmission - $2000 Metallic Paint - $350 Spacious, Comfortable, Practical, Fuel consumption Coarse Engine, Suspension too stiff, Plasticky interior CarAdvice Rating: (3...


2008 Ford Falcon R6 Ute Review
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2008 Ford Falcon R6 Ute Review

2008 Ford Falcon R6 Ute Review & Road Test Weekend warrior or tonka-tough Tradie, R6 is all the Ute you’ll ever need Model Tested: 2008 Ford FG Falcon R6 style side 4...


2009 Isuzu D-MAX Review
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2009 Isuzu D-MAX Review

Update: Isuzu D-Max Ute Limited Edition A third of the way between Brisbane and the Gold Coast exists a place called Sirromet Winery, one of QLD's better known producers of fine wine, and a careful play on words of the name of the owner, one T. E. Morris! What an excellent location to launch a new brand and model into the Australian market...