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The dance of the machines: Inside Mercedes-Benz's Düsseldorf factory

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The dance of the machines: Inside Mercedes-Benz's Düsseldorf factory

Ever wondered what goes on inside an automotive assembly plant? We did too, so when Mercedes-Benz offered CarAdvice the chance to tour its Düsseldorf factory where it builds its popular Sprinter vans, we jumped at the chance...

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Ford: Raptor to boost 4x4 Ranger sales further beyond HiLux
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Ford: Raptor to boost 4x4 Ranger sales further beyond HiLux

While the Ranger still trails the Toyota Hilux in overall sales, Ford will be hoping the all-new Raptor will help it pull further ahead of its Toyota rival in 4x4 sales. Last month, Ford sold 2892 4x4 Rangers – 12 more than Toyota sold 4x4 HiLuxes – for a 23.7 per cent share of the hotly-contested segment...


Ford: Ranger Raptor 10-speed auto "very capable"
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Ford: Ranger Raptor 10-speed auto "very capable"

In an attempt to meet the ambitious performance targets it set for the Ranger Raptor, Ford engineers turned to the 10-speed automatic from the full-size F-150 Raptor. The transmission, according to John Fallu, transmission and driveline engineering manager for Ford Asia Pacific, was chosen because it meets "both our refinement and performance benchmarks" for the Raptor...


Fiat Ducato recalled for intercooler fix
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Fiat Ducato recalled for intercooler fix

Fiat has recalled the 2.3-litre diesel Ducato van over concerns the intercooler sleeve could come loose from the throttle body. The manufacturer says if the condition occurs, the engine warning light will illuminate and drivers will experience a loss of power. Should the vehicle unexpectedly lose power when in use, it could increase the risk of an accident...


2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter revealed, here in Q4 - UPDATE
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2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter revealed, here in Q4 - UPDATE

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has been revealed overnight in Duisburg, Germany, bringing a comprehensive technology update, the latest active safety systems, and a new front-wheel drive variant...


Volkswagen Amarok Dark Label confirmed for Australia
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Volkswagen Amarok Dark Label confirmed for Australia

The Volkswagen Amarok Dark Label special edition has been confirmed and detailed for the Australian market, ahead of a local launch in April. Limited to 500 units nationally, the Dark Label is positioned between the Highline and Ultimate variants of the German ute, though pricing is yet to be confirmed...


Renault Master III recalled for fuel filter strap fix
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Renault Master III recalled for fuel filter strap fix

Renault Australia has recalled the Master III van over concerns about the fuel filter strap. According to the company, the strap could break and cause a noise in the engine bay. The fault could lead to fuel leakage in some 'extreme' cases, increasing the risk of fire. A total of 20 units is affected by the recall – a VIN list is attached here...


Mercedes-Benz Sprinter teased ahead of February 6 reveal
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter teased ahead of February 6 reveal

The new-generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has been teased on social media ahead of a reveal on February 6. Pitched as a "completely redesigned" model, the new Sprinter is claimed to "#adVANce" the commercial segment in its upcoming third-generation version...


2018 Volkswagen Crafter Runner pricing and specs
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2018 Volkswagen Crafter Runner pricing and specs

The 2018 Volkswagen Crafter Runner has arrived in Australia, starting at $48,490 before on-road costs. Available in both medium- and long-wheelbase bodies ($51,990), the Crafter Runner is the first version of the all-new van to arrive Down Under, with the wider range to slowly make its way to Australia...


2017 Isuzu D-MAX 4x4 SX Single Cab Chassis review
Rating: 6.910 /10
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2017 Isuzu D-MAX 4x4 SX Single Cab Chassis review

The Isuzu D-Max is always renowned for being tough as nails, but in this workhorse segment of the truck market, that's only part of the buying proposition.


2017 Mercedes-Benz V-Class, Vito recalled
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2017 Mercedes-Benz V-Class, Vito recalled

Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for 16 vehicles across its V-Class people mover and Vito van lines over concerns the front wheel bearings could come loose. The German marque reports that the retaining rings of the wheel bearings on the front axle may not be "correctly engaged"...


2018 Land Rover Discovery Commercial revealed
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2018 Land Rover Discovery Commercial revealed

The Land Rover Discovery Commercial, a load-lugging version of the Discovery SUV, has been revealed in the UK. The Discovery Commercial junks the second and third row of seats entirely, and replaces them with a rugged plastic floor liner and 1856 litres of cargo space. Without advertising decals stuck to the side of the car, it's hard to tell the Commercial from passenger-carrying variants...


Renault Kangoo Maxi EDC arrives from $29,990
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Renault Kangoo Maxi EDC arrives from $29,990

The Renault Kangoo Maxi van lineup has been bolstered by the addition of a dual-clutch transmission, with the self-shifting diesel now available from $29,990 plus on-road costs. Available through the company's local dealer network, the Kangoo Maxi EDC joins the petrol-powered Kangoo EDC launched Down Under earlier this year, pairing Renault's Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) shifter with an 81kW/240Nm 1...


2018 Mercedes-Benz eVito revealed - UPDATE
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2018 Mercedes-Benz eVito revealed - UPDATE

Update (21 November 2017): Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia has released a statement regarding the local introduction of electric commercial vehicles. See bottom of article for details. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz eVito has been revealed this week, ahead of a European launch in the second half of next year...


2016-17 Fiat Ducato recalled for exhaust fix
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2016-17 Fiat Ducato recalled for exhaust fix

The 2016-17 Fiat Ducato van has been recalled this week over concerns the exhaust recirculation system could break and cause a loss of drivability. According to the manufacturer, affected vehicles may be fitted with an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) pipe that breaks due to "potential non-conformity"...


2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 316 CDI MWB review
Rating: 710 /10
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2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 316 CDI MWB review

There's an all-new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter coming, but the current one remains one of the best vans you can get... at a price.

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Peugeot Citroen ute due by 2020 with global aim
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Peugeot Citroen ute due by 2020 with global aim

The PSA Group, parent of Peugeot, Citroen and most recently Opel, has announced it will develop an all-new vehicle platform with ChangAn Automobile that will underpin its upcoming one-tonne ute, which will launch "by 2020". In an agreement signed this week, the French and Chinese companies announced they would co-develop a new architecture to be implemented at ChangAn's manufacturing facility in Dingzhou, China, dedicated to light commercial vehicles (LCV)...


Ford Transit gets M-Sport World Rally Car treatment… and it's awesome
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Ford Transit gets M-Sport World Rally Car treatment… and it's awesome

We may give the Poms a fair bit of grief - depending on the time of year and what particular sporting event might currently be going on - but, jeez, you've got to give them credit when it's due. And this WRC-inspired Ford Transit Custom is one of those occasions...


2018 Toyota HiLux pricing and specs
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2018 Toyota HiLux pricing and specs

Pricing and specifications for the updated 2018 Toyota HiLux range have been detailed ahead of an October 6 on-sale date, bringing a revised model line-up including new variants, small price increases, and the axing of the slow-selling 4.0-litre V6 engine...


Renault Kangoo dCi EDC here by year's end - UPDATE
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Renault Kangoo dCi EDC here by year's end - UPDATE

Update: Renault Australia has confirmed the launch of the Kangoo dCi EDC for our market "before the end of 2017. See bottom of article for details. The Renault Kangoo diesel is now available with the company's Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) automatic transmission in Europe, after previously being a manual-only affair...