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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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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)...


Mitsubishi UK adds special edition Triton as part of Special Vehicle Projects business
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Mitsubishi UK adds special edition Triton as part of Special Vehicle Projects business

Mitsubishi Motors in the UK has unveiled a new take on the Triton (or L200, as it's known there), with the debut of the Barbarian SVP as part of its newly launched Special Vehicle Projects division. The new model is based on the bulk-selling dual-cab model, with 250 examples to be built - half in the Electric Blue metallic paint you see here, and half in Cosmos Black...


2017 Toyota HiLux TRD review
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2017 Toyota HiLux TRD review

The 2017 Toyota HiLux TRD ute adds some styling extras to the range-topping SR5 dual-cab diesel 4x4 ute. Is it worth the extra cash?

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Ford Ranger Wildtrak v Toyota HiLux TRD comparison
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Ford Ranger Wildtrak v Toyota HiLux TRD comparison

This really is the battle of the big guns – the most expensive versions of the Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux, fighting for the title of the sportiest lifestyle ute. They’re both more popular than any SUV on the market, with buyers choosing these high-riding, five-seat vehicles to get around even if they don’t use the tray for its intended purpose...


Kia Australia has long wait for a ute
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Kia Australia has long wait for a ute

Kia Australia continues — alongside other markets — to lobby its Korean parent hard to produce a full range of vans and utes, to take its sales to another level. However, you’re not going to see anything from the fast-growing brand on that front, this side of 2020. For now, the little trucks it makes for Korea aren’t suitable for Australian regulations and tastes...


2017 Volkswagen Caddy range adds diesel variants, budget-focused Runner model
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2017 Volkswagen Caddy range adds diesel variants, budget-focused Runner model

The 2017 Volkswagen Caddy range has been bolstered by the addition of three new diesel variants, and the return of the budget-friendly Caddy Runner model. The new variants join the best-selling Volkswagen Caddy small van range, which until recently had been a petrol only offering in its current generation. There are three diesel versions are all powered by a 2...


Ute comparison: Ford Ranger v Holden Colorado v Isuzu D-Max v Mitsubishi Triton v Toyota HiLux v Volkswagen Amarok
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Ute comparison: Ford Ranger v Holden Colorado v Isuzu D-Max v Mitsubishi Triton v Toyota HiLux v Volkswagen Amarok

There are work utes – you know, the single-cab, budget-focused models aimed at tradies specifically – and there are lifestyle utes, those that cost $60,000 to $70,000 that are more often seen with a dude in a suit driving them rather than a bloke in overalls. In fact, we drove those types of utes in our eight ute mega test a while ago, and we've even done an extra-cab lifestyle ute comparison, too...


2017 Fiat Ducato recalled for camshaft fix
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2017 Fiat Ducato recalled for camshaft fix

Fiat has issued a recall for 56 of its 2016 and 2017 Ducato vans fitted with the 2.3-litre 'Multijet' engine over concerns the camshaft could crack. The Italian company reports the camshaft could crack while the vehicle is in use due to a manufacturing fault. If the conditions occurs, the vehicle could stop suddenly, posing a safety risk for occupants of the vehicle and other road users...


Volvo ute could appear after 2020
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Volvo ute could appear after 2020

A few weeks ago there was a story going around that a Volvo ute could be on the cards - and it seems that might not be such a crazy idea. The story was spurred on by images of a long-wheelbase version of the Volvo XC90 with weight over the rear axle of the car that was seen in Europe. It was, the internet speculated, the Chinese-owned Swedish brand's competitor to the Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute...


Volkswagen Amarok Canyon to return with V6 power
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Volkswagen Amarok Canyon to return with V6 power

The Volkswagen Amarok Canyon is set to return to the brand’s line-up, with the facelifted version expected to bring a V6 drivetrain at a new, lower price point. The off-road-focused Volkswagen Amarok Canyon isn’t likely to be as powerful as the high-end Highline and Ultimate models, though. Those versions have a 3...


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...


Citroen Dispatch van confirmed, Peugeot cans van plans
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Citroen Dispatch van confirmed, Peugeot cans van plans

The Citroen Dispatch mid-sized van has been confirmed for Australia, as the French company's local distributor, Sime Darby Automotive, looks to clarify its commercial vehicle position. Until recently, both Citroen and Peugeot - each distributed by Sime Darby - had offered commercial vehicles as parts of their line-ups...


Budget Renault Dokker van on local agenda - UPDATE
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Budget Renault Dokker van on local agenda - UPDATE

Note: Major update to story written at the bottom of the text.  Renault Australia is seriously considering launching the Dokker light van — sold in most markets under its Dacia sub-brand — as a new sub-Kangoo budget offering. Launching the Renault Dokker here would give the French company a small cargo-carrier priced below $20,000...


2017 Mitsubishi Triton GLS Sports Edition on sale
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2017 Mitsubishi Triton GLS Sports Edition on sale

If you're onto a good thing, add some black styling stuff to it: that's the theme for the 2017 Mitsubishi Triton GLS Sports Edition. The newly-added model is based upon the GLS dual-cab variant, but the Sports Edition model aims to "deliver a smart but tough on-and-off-roader"...