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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute: Australian details emerge

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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute: Australian details emerge

The all-new 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute will arrive in Australia from early 2018, and CarAdvice is in position to tell you what you can expect to see when it finally arrives Down Under. We know there will be three drivetrains offered, and that there will be three model grades...

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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class cab-chassis confirmed
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class cab-chassis confirmed

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class may claim to be the most premium pick-up on the planet, but that doesn’t mean hard-working tradies who want a tray-back version will miss out. The company has confirmed it will offer a cab-chassis tray-back/table-top version of the all-new X-Class in Australia from launch, giving Mercedes-Benz’s local Vans division a line-up of 18 different versions by the time the vehicle hits showrooms in April next year...


Mercedes-Benz X-Class V6 to tackle Amarok
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Mercedes-Benz X-Class V6 to tackle Amarok

The all-new Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute has a big talking point – a V6 diesel engine that has more power than anything in the segment. That’s quite a headline act, considering the Volkswagen Amarok V6 launched with a class-leading level of power less than a year ago. But the new 3.0-litre V6 engine in the Mercedes-Benz X-Class Power flagship model will better its German rival for outright grunt...


SEA Automotive delivers first electric trucks in Victoria
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SEA Automotive delivers first electric trucks in Victoria

SEA Automotive has delivered the first of nine electric trucks set to hit Victoria's roads in the coming months, as part of the Andrews Labor Government's New Energy Jobs fund. After receiving $517,000 from the Labor Government in October last year to develop a facility to manufacture commercial electric vehicles, SEA delivered the first of its zero-emissions trucks to Kings Transport, an Australian logistics company...


Mercedes-Benz X-Class not just a rebadged Navara, brand claims
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Mercedes-Benz X-Class not just a rebadged Navara, brand claims

The head of Mercedes-Benz Vans has hit back at questions over whether the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class will be seen by customers as a rebadged version of the Nissan Navara...


2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class revealed
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class revealed

Who would have thought the most hotly anticipated reveal for Mercedes-Benz this year would be a ute? But it sure is – and here it is, the all-new 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class. The first ever Mercedes-Benz X-Class, which is also the first ever pick-up from the three-pointed star brand, has been unveiled at an event in South Africa, with the Nissan Navara-based model clearly cutting a different figure to its donor vehicle...


Volkswagen Transporter gets tippy truck conversion, and our inner child wants one
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Volkswagen Transporter gets tippy truck conversion, and our inner child wants one

We all love a trusty Volkswagen Transporter. And who doesn't love a tippy truck? Well, a UK firm has developed a new tipper body cab chassis variant of the popular Volkswagen Transporter, uniquely combining two things we have a soft spot for...


Ford recalls 400,000 Transit vans in North America, Australia unaffected
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Ford recalls 400,000 Transit vans in North America, Australia unaffected

A total of 402,462 Ford Transit vans have been recalled in North America over concerns the drive shaft coupling could crack - though Australian versions are not affected. According to reports, Transits that have racked up mileage could be susceptible to the fault, which can cause several major problems like loss of power, or the vehicle could roll away when parked without the handbrake engaged...


Ford Ranger scores minor feature updates, on sale now
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Ford Ranger scores minor feature updates, on sale now

Ford has announced a handful of minor updates for its Ranger ute range, available now. Headlining the changes is the availability of black leather-accented seats ($1650) with leather door trim inserts for all 4x2 and 4x4 XLT Double Cab variants, while the external temperature display previously reserved for the XLT and Wildtrak is now standard on all versions bar the XL Plus grade...


2017 Ford Transit Custom automatic review
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2017 Ford Transit Custom automatic review

There are plenty of changes to report on for the 2017 Ford Transit Custom, but they come at a price... is it worth it? Matt Campbell finds out.

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2018 Ford Ranger to build on ‘excellence in the segment’
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2018 Ford Ranger to build on ‘excellence in the segment’

The updated 2018 Ford Ranger will seek to build on its current position in the market with a focus on offering ‘excellence’ in the segment, according to Ford Australia’s chief. Graeme Whickman, Ford Australia president and CEO, told CarAdvice this week that, while he can’t discuss anything about the new model, he has hopes it will retain, and build on, the current standard set by the Ranger model...


Mitsubishi Triton and Nissan Navara co-development plans already in the works
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Mitsubishi Triton and Nissan Navara co-development plans already in the works

The next-generation versions of the Mitsubishi Triton and Nissan Navara pick-ups will be a product of the alliance between the brands, with the strengths of each to be played off against one another to create a sort of mutant mega ute. But don't expect a Mitsussan Triara or Nisubishi Navton..


Volkswagen Caddy, Crafter, Transporter get standard AEB in UK, Australian upgrades coming
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Volkswagen Caddy, Crafter, Transporter get standard AEB in UK, Australian upgrades coming

Volkswagen has become the first commercial vehicle manufacturer to fit autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard equipment on all its vans, which includes the Caddy, Crafter and Transporter. All vans in the German company's range will benefit from the fitment of front assist and city-speed emergency braking as standard equipment, beating competing brands like Mercedes-Benz...


2017 Volkswagen Caddy Runner review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Volkswagen Caddy Runner review

A price that isn't as sharp as it once was, and a ride that is sharper than we'd hoped: those are two elements that make the 2017 Volkswagen Caddy Runner an option that requires some weighing up.

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$24,990

2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 pricing and specs
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2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 pricing and specs

The updated 2017 Ram 2500 and 2017 Ram 3500 have arrived in Australia, and the smaller model has got some clever new tricks to its tray. The revised Ram 2500 on sale now debuts the brand's RamBox tray-side storage system, a vertical area that allows owners to keep items out of sight, safe, dry and secure in the edges of the tub...


Renault Trafic Formula edition launches in Australia
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Renault Trafic Formula edition launches in Australia

Australia's Renault Trafic range has seen the addition of a striking new special model: the 2017 Renault Trafic Formula Edition. Designed to highlight the brand's experience in formula one racing, the new motorsport-inspired cargo van has a few design highlights that set it apart from the regular models in the range...


Honda Australia hoping for a large SUV and ute, but chances are slim
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Honda Australia hoping for a large SUV and ute, but chances are slim

Why do left-hand drive markets get all the good models? That must be what Honda Australia’s senior management is thinking, because it’s missing out on two models that could be vital to it growing its sales Down Under. The two models we’re talking about are the Pilot large SUV and the Ridgeline pick-up/ute, both of which aren’t built in right-hand drive...


Citroen Berlingo v Fiat Doblo v Volkswagen Caddy comparison
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Citroen Berlingo v Fiat Doblo v Volkswagen Caddy comparison

Small vans at small prices – that’s the mantra for this test, with three value-focused compact cargo carriers going against each other to find out which is the best small van you can get. The three vans we have here may not be household names to the majority of passenger car buyers, but if you own a small business – say you’re a florist, plumber, painter, baker or any number of other professions – there’s a chance you know the Citroen Berlingo, Fiat Doblo and Volkswagen Caddy...


2017 Renault Trafic gets power boost and a limited-time drive-away deal
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2017 Renault Trafic gets power boost and a limited-time drive-away deal

The 2017 Renault Trafic short-wheelbase van has received a power boost this week, along with sharp drive-away pricing for a limited time. With the lower-output 66kW/260Nm 1.6-litre turbo-diesel engine now discontinued, the Trafic now features a gruntier 85kW/300Nm version of the 1.6-litre oiler, up 19kW and 40Nm...


Citroen Dispatch XL unveiled
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Citroen Dispatch XL unveiled

We're still a while from seeing the Citroen Dispatch van range in Australia, but the French brand's mid-size van now has a big, big version. The new Citroen Dispatch range is made up of three versions, with the XL measuring 5309mm long, presenting a fair stretch over the middle-ground M model (4959mm) and the smallest version, the XS (4609mm)...