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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...

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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
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Budget Renault Dokker van on local agenda

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. Given the Suzuki APV’s murky future in Australia, it would fill a small market niche nicely...


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"...


2017 Isuzu D-Max pricing and specs: Updated engine and more kit
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2017 Isuzu D-Max pricing and specs: Updated engine and more kit

It may not look very different, but the 2017 Isuzu D-Max ute has seen some significant changes under the skin. The most significant chance is a re-worked version of the brand’s 3.0-litre turbo diesel truck engine, which is now Euro 5 compliant. It retains the same 130kW of power but now has 430Nm of torque (from 2000-2200rpm)...


2017 Isuzu D-Max X-Runner limited edition ute revealed
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2017 Isuzu D-Max X-Runner limited edition ute revealed

The updated 2017 Isuzu D-Max range may already have a staggering 23 variants available, but apparently there’s room for one more – the 2017 Isuzu D-Max X-Runner. This limited edition model is based on the 4x4 Isuzu D-Max model features the updated 3.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder engine with 130kW/430Nm, and it comes exclusively with the newly-developed Aisin six-speed automatic gearbox...


2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class reservations open in the UK
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class reservations open in the UK

The hotly anticipated 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class utility may not have been revealed in production guise yet, but the German company's British team has already opened up a reservation page for the new pick-up. Mercedes-Benz claims there has been "phenomenal early demand for the X-Class", and as such the Mercedes-Benz Vans team has decided to offer potential customers the chance to leave a refundable deposit on the new ute...


Renault Trafic recalled for rear axle fix
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Renault Trafic recalled for rear axle fix

Renault has issued a recall for 1472 of its 2015 and 2016 Trafic III vans over concerns the rear axle may have a loose bolt. According to the French manufacturer, a manufacturing fault is the cause of the issue, with affected units potentially making abnormal noises, and tyre friction inside the wheel arch...


2017 Mazda BT-50 XTR Freestyle Cab review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Mazda BT-50 XTR Freestyle Cab review

Considering an extra-cab ute? Need to prioritise load capacity over rear passenger comfort? Then the 2017 Mazda BT-50 XTR Freestyle Cab could be the ute for you.

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$49,675

2016 Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ Review: Long-term report one – introduction
Rating: 810 /10
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2016 Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ Review: Long-term report one – introduction

We bought this one – the 2016 Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ dual-cab ute – to see if it's the best from the brand.

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$38,490

Renault adds updated Kangoo ZE, new Master ZE to electric commercial van range
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Renault adds updated Kangoo ZE, new Master ZE to electric commercial van range

The Renault commercial vehicle range has added two new electric models in the form of the updated Renault Kangoo ZE and new Renault Master ZE. The revamped Kangoo ZE has a new 33kWh battery and a new 45kW electric motor, as well as a new faster charging system, with its range increasing by more than 50 per cent to 270 kilometres, up from 170km in the pre-facelift model...


2017 Renault Trafic Crew Van added to local range
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2017 Renault Trafic Crew Van added to local range

Added practicality comes from added seats: that's the story behind the newly added 2017 Renault Trafic Crew Van, which has arrived to complete the brand's medium van line-up. The new Renault Trafic Crew Van is sold exclusively as a six-seat, long-wheelbase model, and it comes with dual glazed sliding rear doors as standard as well...


2017 Renault Kangoo pricing and specs: Smaller engine, more power, more safety
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2017 Renault Kangoo pricing and specs: Smaller engine, more power, more safety

Renault’s volume-selling Kangoo van has received a heart-transplant as part of its 2017 makeover with a new, more powerful, more efficient engine doing the grunt work of the popular light commercial. The 2017 Renault Kangoo will see a significant update, with two new transmissions – six-speed manual and efficient dual clutch (EDC) six-speed automatic (two more ratios than the previous model) – as well as a new 1...


2014 Fiat Ducato recalled for suspension fix: 15 vehicles affected
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2014 Fiat Ducato recalled for suspension fix: 15 vehicles affected

Fiat has issued a recall for 15 of its 2014 'FL' Ducato vans over concerns the rear suspension system does not meet required standards. According to the Italian manufacturer, the affected vehicles are fitted with rear suspension leaf springs that may not conform to the "required standard", which can affect vehicle performance...


Nissan LCV head confident of "permanent need" for pickups into the future
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Nissan LCV head confident of "permanent need" for pickups into the future

The global head of Nissan light commercial vehicles says although the proliferation of electrified and autonomous passenger vehicles is imminent, the uniqueness and wide-ranging flexibility of pickups ensures they will be needed "forever"...


2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Professional review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Professional review

Military proven toughness now for civilian purchase. James drives the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Professional up really steep things.

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$119,900

Renault Kangoo now $21,990 drive-away for Christmas - UPDATE
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Renault Kangoo now $21,990 drive-away for Christmas - UPDATE

Update - A spokesperson from Renault Australia has confirmed only the 1.6-litre petrol Kangoo short-wheelbase variant gets the Ready for Business pack as complimentary equipment as part of the Christmas promotion. See article for details If Mariah Carey was a tradie, she'd be singing 'All I Want for Christmas is a Renault Kangoo', now that the French van is on sale from $21,990 drive-away this festive season...


2018 LDV T60 ute revealed, Australian debut confirmed: Five-star ANCAP score expected
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2018 LDV T60 ute revealed, Australian debut confirmed: Five-star ANCAP score expected

The anticipated 2018 LDV T60 ute has been revealed at this week's Guangzhou motor show, offering a first look at the Chinese commercial vehicle brand's rival to the top-selling Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger. An Australian launch for the LDV T60 has also been locked in, with local distributor Ateco today confirming the ute's debut will occur in the second half of next year...


Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ v Volkswagen Amarok Core comparison
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Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ v Volkswagen Amarok Core comparison

You’ve got $40,000 and you want a dual-cab, diesel, 4x4 ute. But you don’t want to buy a Chinese vehicle – you want a brand name that is known and has the backing of a strong dealer network. Well, these two utes – the Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ and Volkswagen Amarok Core – could be for you...


2017 Great Wall Steed 4x4 Diesel review
Rating: 610 /10
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2017 Great Wall Steed 4x4 Diesel review

Is the 2017 Great Wall Steed a great ute? Not unless you're strapped for cash...

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$29,990