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Toyota HiLux upgrades and improvements coming: local arm 'not resting on laurels'

Despite the Toyota HiLux dominating local sales figures for the last sixth months consecutively – and taking out top honours in 2016 – the Japanese car maker's local division says it's taking the market and the segment seriously, with more upgrades and improvements to the hard-working model well and truly in the pipeline...

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Hyundai ute confirmed... after 2020
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Hyundai ute confirmed... after 2020

The on-again/off-again talk of a pick-up or ute from Hyundai Australia is definitely on again, but buyers will have to wait until after 2020 to get their hands on one. Hyundai Motor Company Australia chief operating officer Scott Grant told media that it's a constant talking point in the company's offices. "We’ve been talking about it for a number of years," Grant said...


Mazda BT-50 tackles the Birdsville Track

Mazda BT-50 tackles the Birdsville Track

I have to be honest. When I was asked to drive 636 kilometres on a dirt road to the middle of nowhere with, gasp, no phone service, I was hesitant. But after coming to the realisation I had never been to outback Australia before, I simply had to say yes. After all, a break from emails and social media might actually do me some good...

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Volkswagen Amarok Aventura Exclusive: 190kW ute concept revealed for Frankfurt
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Volkswagen Amarok Aventura Exclusive: 190kW ute concept revealed for Frankfurt

Volkswagen is bringing a pair of special utes to the Frankfurt motor show next week: the Amarok Aventura Exclusive concept and the Amarok Dark Label special edition. Headlining the duo is the 'Tumeric Yellow' Aventura Exclusive concept, which features an uprated 190kW version of the current model's 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel, and is said to "offer a look at the future range-topping 3...


2017 Nissan Navara SL review
Rating: 710 /10
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2017 Nissan Navara SL review

The new Nissan Navara SL is the Japanese manufacturer's entry into the booming 'work-ute-as-weekend-warrior' lifestyle segment. But has Nissan done enough to become a contender in an already crowded market?

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2017 Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 revealed
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2017 Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 revealed

We loved the previous iteration of the Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 so much, we couldn't contain our excitement when the new 2017-spec version was revealed for the UK market. Said to have been “engineered to shine in the most gruelling conditions,” the 2017 Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 is the uber-tough product of a collaboration between the Japanese car and truck maker and Icelandic 4x4 specialists Arctic Trucks, and follows in the mighty off-road-sized footprints of the 2016 Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35...


Hyundai pick-up truck confirmed for the US
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Hyundai pick-up truck confirmed for the US

Korean carmaker Hyundai has finally confirmed its intention to build and sell a pick-up truck in the United States. Michael J. Obrien, vice president of corporate and product planning at Hyundai Motor America made the announcement today, when he told Reuters that the company’s top-level management had green lit the development of a small pick-up similar to the Santa Cruz concept, which Hyundai revealed at the 2015 Detroit motor show...


2018 LDV T60 ute and D90 SUV in Australia from October
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2018 LDV T60 ute and D90 SUV in Australia from October

The Australian distributor for Chinese manufacturer LDV has confirmed it will be launching the T60 ute in Australia on October 1, with the D90 SUV to follow on November 15. The T60 ute will be powered by a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, developing 110kW of power and 360Nm of torque...


Ford marks 100 years of the commercial vehicle
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Ford marks 100 years of the commercial vehicle

Any car enthusiast worth their salt knows about the iconic Ford Model T and its widely regarded place in history as the world's first mass-produced automobile. But this year, Ford is celebrating a different Model T… Launched 100 years ago in 1917 – nine years after the debut of the Model T – the Ford Model TT was Ford’s first purpose-built one-tonne van, and represented the beginning of its foray into commercial vehicles...


Holden reveals newest race car... and it's a ute!
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Holden reveals newest race car... and it's a ute!

Holden has taken the wraps off its latest Australian race car… and it’s a ute! The production-based Holden Colorado SuperUte will hit Aussie race tracks in 2018 when the all-new SuperUtes Series launches as replacement for the now ageing Ford versus Holden V8 Utes category...


2017 Nissan Navara ST 4WD review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Nissan Navara ST 4WD review

We reckon the 2017 Nissan Navara ST could be a very convincing lifestyle ute – shame it falls short as an actual workhorse. But that might be just fine, if you're a certain type of buyer...

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Ram 1500, 2500, 3500 recalled for safety fix
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Ram 1500, 2500, 3500 recalled for safety fix

Local importer and conversion company American Special Vehicles (ASV) has issued a recall for six vehicles across its Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 model lines over concerns a faulty occupant sensor could cause the airbags to not deploy in an accident. Affected vehicles were built in 2014, 2015 and 2016...


2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute review: Long-term report six – farewell
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute review: Long-term report six – farewell

After a few months of hard labour, we're ready to set our 2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute free. It's sad to see it go.

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2017 Mazda BT-50: Alpine infotainment and navigation added as prices go up
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2017 Mazda BT-50: Alpine infotainment and navigation added as prices go up

The country's seventh-best-selling dual-cab utility, the Mazda BT-50, has had its infotainment package upgraded, with the fresh addition of a new system from well-known electronics company Alpine. Mazda Australia has announced that all mid-spec XTR and top-spec GT BT-50 models rolling into dealerships from today will sport, as standard, a new 8...


Great Wall to launch Ranger rival in Australia by 2020
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Great Wall to launch Ranger rival in Australia by 2020

Chinese manufacturer Great Wall is planning to release an all-new ute by the end of the decade, to go toe-to-toe with the likes of the Ford Ranger and Volkswagen Amarok. Speaking with Australian media in Darwin this week, the company - who is also parent to SUV brand Haval - revealed its plans to bring the larger, more capable utility to the Australian market...


2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class First Look
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class First Look

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...


Mercedes-Benz X-Class could gain AMG styling pack, but won’t get a V8
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Mercedes-Benz X-Class could gain AMG styling pack, but won’t get a V8

The all-new Mercedes-Benz X-Class may have set chins wagging with its not-like-the-concept styling, but the German company could soon introduce a more heavily stylised version of the dual-cab ute. The head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, Volker Mornhinweg, told Australian media at the launch of the new X-Class ute there is no definite decision on whether there’ll be any involvement from the company’s performance side-arm, Mercedes-AMG...


Jeep Renegade gets a Comanche ute makeover in the US
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Jeep Renegade gets a Comanche ute makeover in the US

A 2015 Jeep Renegade that was converted into a ute and badged 'Comanche', was recently for sale on eBay in the US. The one-off ute topped the bidding at US$32,000 ($40,387) with reserve not met, though American company, Boar Customs, has announced it will build more in limited numbers...


2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute review: Long-term report five – off-road

2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute review: Long-term report five – off-road

As we made clear in our load-lugging piece on the 2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute, the thing is a beast when it comes to getting away from the blacktop. I mean, consider this: 70 per cent of these hardcore Toyota trucks are sold in regional areas, and the real percentage of regional users is probably higher than that, because farmers, miners and other customers might have a particular city dealer that they’ve remained loyal to for a while...

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Mercedes-Benz X-Class name explained
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Mercedes-Benz X-Class name explained

If you take a look at the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class in the context of the German company’s model lines, it is a bit out of whack. Why? Because the X-Class sits under the Mercedes-Benz Vans product umbrella, despite the fact the company is claiming that most people shopping at the high end of the ute segment are actually considering these types of vehicles as an extension of the SUV model line...