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2014 Toyota HiAce boosts comfort, safety specification

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2014 Toyota HiAce boosts comfort, safety specification

The Toyota HiAce van and light bus range has been upgraded for 2014 with subtle styling tweaks and an expanded list of comfort, convenience and safety features...

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Tata Xenon earns two-star ANCAP safety rating
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Tata Xenon earns two-star ANCAP safety rating

The Indian-built Tata Xenon has received a disappointing two-star ANCAP safety rating, making it one of the lowest-scoring vehicles on the market. Despite ANCAP admitting the Xenon 4x2 dual-cab ute performed “fairly well” in the frontal offset crash test, in which it scored 11...


Renault Trafic van revealed
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Renault Trafic van revealed

The all-new Renault Trafic will be available in no fewer than 270 combinations when it launches in Europe later this year. Twinned with the new Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro models, the third-generation mid-sized Trafic is built on a brand new platform and can be configured with two different lengths, two different heights, and in delivery van, crew-cab, cab-chassis and minibus body styles, as well as other custom arrangements produced by Renault Tech and the company’s approved converters...


Lexus van reportedly in high demand
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Lexus van reportedly in high demand

A Lexus van is apparently in hot demand in Japan. One of the country's biggest Toyota and Lexus dealers has put in a request that such a vehicle be built on behalf of fellow dealers across Asia, according to industry journal Automotive News...


Isuzu D-Max X-Runner special edition launched
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Isuzu D-Max X-Runner special edition launched

The special edition Isuzu D-Max X-Runner has been added to the Japanese ute brand's lineup to add some styling flair to its workhorse one-tonner. Available from March 17 in five-speed manual ($46,490 driveaway) and five-speed automatic ($48,690 driveaway) specifications, the X-Runner adds value and features over the D-Max LS-U 4x4 dual-cab on which it is based...


Mitsubishi Triton GLX-R Warrior headlines MY15 ute update
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Mitsubishi Triton GLX-R Warrior headlines MY15 ute update

The special edition Mitsubishi Triton GLX-R Warrior headlines the brand’s updated 2015 model year ute range. Priced at $43,990 driveaway with a five-speed manual and $45,990 driveaway with a five-speed automatic, the Warrior edition is more than $5000 cheaper than the range-topping Triton GLX-R 4x4 dual-cab on which it’s based and is fitted with a number of extra features that boost value even further...


Ford celebrates 80th anniversary of the ute
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Ford celebrates 80th anniversary of the ute

Ford Australia is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the ute - the half-car, half-truck body style that was conceived, designed and built for the first time ever in Australia. The story goes that in mid-1933 Ford Australia received a letter from a farmer’s wife which read: “My husband and I can’t afford a car and a truck but we need a car to go to church on Sunday and a truck to take the pigs to market on Monday...


Ford Transit Review : Moving house weekender
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Ford Transit Review : Moving house weekender

Soon to be replaced by the all-new sixth-generation Ford Transit, we jumped in the outgoing van for one last move…...


2014 Toyota HiLux : new auto, safety upgrades, price rises for double-cab ute
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2014 Toyota HiLux : new auto, safety upgrades, price rises for double-cab ute

A new automatic transmission, added safety and convenience equipment and minor price increases headline the changes to the updated 2014 Toyota HiLux double-cab line-up. Diesel-powered HiLux dual-cab variants benefit from the new five-speed auto, which supersedes the old four-speed unit and helps cut claimed combined cycle fuel consumption and emissions more than six per cent to 8...


Hyundai spied testing Transit-style commercial van
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Hyundai spied testing Transit-style commercial van

Spy shots of a camouflaged van emerging from Hyundai's European headquarters have fuelled rumours the South Korean manufacturer is preparing to enter the large commercial vehicle segment. CarAdvice's spy photographers spotted the Ford Transit-style high-roofed van leaving Hyundai's facility and driving on public roads in Russelsheim, Germany...


Foton Tunland single-cab launches from $24,990 driveaway
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Foton Tunland single-cab launches from $24,990 driveaway

The Foton Tunland range has been expanded with the addition of a new single-cab body style. The two new Tunland cab-chassis variants – priced from $24,990 driveaway for the 4x2 and $26,990 driveaway for the 4x4 – join the three existing dual-cab utes in Foton’s local line-up...


Renault Master ute range launched from $45,490
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Renault Master ute range launched from $45,490

The Renault Master ute range has launched in Australia, presenting commercial buyers with a new option that offers seating for up to seven. Available in two rear-wheel-drive cab-chassis variants, the Renault Master single-cab starts at $45,490, with the dual-cab priced from $50,490. Powered by the front-wheel-drive Master van range's 110kW/350Nm 2...


Ute comparison: Toyota HiLux v Ford Ranger v Volkswagen Amarok v Holden Colorado v Isuzu D-Max v Nissan Navara v Mazda BT-50 v Mitsubishi Triton
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Ute comparison: Toyota HiLux v Ford Ranger v Volkswagen Amarok v Holden Colorado v Isuzu D-Max v Nissan Navara v Mazda BT-50 v Mitsubishi Triton

HiLux, Ranger, Triton, Navara, Amarok, BT-50, D-Max, Colorado... CarAdvice reveals which is the best dual-cab ute for work and play.


Ram Laramie 2500: $100K-plus RHD conversion available in Australia
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Ram Laramie 2500: $100K-plus RHD conversion available in Australia

The iconic American Ram pick-up truck is now available in right-hand drive for the Australian market - but it doesn't come cheap. Having just received Australian Design Rule certification, Queensland-based vehicle importer Performax International estimates its converted Ram Laramie 2500 range will cost approximately $109,000 to $135,000, depending on customer specifications and exchange rates...


Tata Xenon Review: Quick drive
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Tata Xenon Review: Quick drive

The Tata Xenon will aim to offer an unrivalled blend toughness and value when it arrives in October.


Tata Xenon: sub-$35K ute range confirmed for Australia in October
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Tata Xenon: sub-$35K ute range confirmed for Australia in October

The Tata Xenon will aim to exploit the bottom end of Australia's popular ute segment when it arrives locally in October. The Xenon will be the first vehicle imported by Fusion Automotive – the new local distributor of Indian automotive powerhouse Tata Motors – and will be uniquely specified to meet the demands and preferences of Australian customers...


Tata Xenon Tuff Truck: Australian-designed ute concept revealed
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Tata Xenon Tuff Truck: Australian-designed ute concept revealed

The Tata Xenon Tuff Truck concept has been unveiled in Melbourne as the new local importer of India's largest car maker aims to make an immediate statement in the Australian market. As the name suggests, the Tuff Truck concept is based on the Tata Xenon ute, which arrives locally in October as the first vehicle to be introduced by distributor Fusion Automotive...


Holden Combo discontinued, no plans for replacement
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Holden Combo discontinued, no plans for replacement

The Holden Combo has been quietly discontinued after close to two decades on sale and will not be replaced by the new model available overseas. Holden public relations senior manager Andrea Matthews confirmed dealers were clearing final stock of the city-sized Combo van, which was based on the two-generations-old Holden Barina...


Tata to focus on safety, value; leave budget prices to Chinese brands
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Tata to focus on safety, value; leave budget prices to Chinese brands

Tata Motors' new importer has no interest in selling the cheapest cars on the market and is instead focusing on establishing a strong dealer network offering safe and reliable vehicles. Managing director of Tata's Australian distributor Fusion Automotive, Darren Bowler, told CarAdvice while the company’s Indian-made vehicles would be well priced, it had no intention of engaging in a price war with Chinese rival Great Wall...


Ford F-150 Raptor SVT spotted testing in Victoria
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Ford F-150 Raptor SVT spotted testing in Victoria

An eagle-eyed CarAdvice reader has snapped a Ford F-150 Raptor SVT in Victoria. Khoder Ahmed captured the hulking left-hand-drive truck, which is an engineering evaluation vehicle belonging to Ford Australia. Brand communications manager Neil McDonald said the 2011 F-150 Raptor was shipped to Australia more than two years ago to join Ford's local engineering fleet...