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2018 Nissan Navara pricing and specs

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2018 Nissan Navara pricing and specs

Nissan has announced pricing and specs for its tweaked Navara, which will benefit from handling changes and more technology behind the wheel. The updated ute goes on sale later this month, with pricing to start at $25,990 in single-cab guise, $28,490 in 'King Cab' trim or $33,490 as a dual-cab...

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2018 HSV Colorado SportsCat pricing and specs
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2018 HSV Colorado SportsCat pricing and specs

Pricing and specifications for the new HSV Colorado SportsCat range have been released this week, with the modified ute priced from $60,790 before on-road costs. Based on the Holden Colorado ute, the HSV SportsCat features a range of cosmetic and chassis upgrades, though there aren't any boosts to the power and torque figures of the 147kW/500Nm 2...


2018 Ford Ranger Raptor revealed
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2018 Ford Ranger Raptor revealed

The 2018 Ford Ranger Raptor has been revealed in Thailand, ahead of an Australian launch later this year. First things first: there's no Ecoboost V6 from the F-150, although the Raptor does get an all-new transmission and twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel. A 2...


Mercedes-Benz X-Class: Australian interest high
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Mercedes-Benz X-Class: Australian interest high

Mercedes-Benz Australia is hoping local interest in its all-new 2018 X-Class translates to sales when the high-end ute goes on sale locally in April. A Mercedes-Benz Australia spokesperson confirmed the company had already received 8000 expressions of interest for the premium-badged dual-cab, the German marque’s first foray into the highly lucrative segment...


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...


Toyota recalls 24,000 vehicles for airbag fix
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Toyota recalls 24,000 vehicles for airbag fix

Toyota has issued a recall for 23,964 vehicles across its 2015 Corolla, Fortuner, HiLux and Prius model lines over concerns a faulty sensor could cause the airbags to deactivate. According to the Japanese automotive giant, the insulations on the IC chips peel over time on affected cars, creating an open circuit...


Holden Colorado the new Victoria Police divvy van
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Holden Colorado the new Victoria Police divvy van

The Holden Colorado will replace the Commodore as Victoria Police's divisional van of choice. Announced today, the new 'divvy vans' will be built in both two- and four-door configurations, running with greater ground clearance than the standard car for police duties. There are six airbags in the cabin, along with a specially-designed "pod" at the rear, with room for two people...


2018 Ford Ranger Raptor teased
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2018 Ford Ranger Raptor teased

Ford has teased the hotly-anticipated Ranger Raptor again, ahead of its full debut on February 7. As with previous teasers, there's no new information about what will power the high-riding Ranger. Instead, we've been treated to footage of the Ford tackling dusty trails, river crossings, rocky climbs and, as you might expect, jumps...


Great Wall ponders Haval pickup, spending to tackle Ranger
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Great Wall ponders Haval pickup, spending to tackle Ranger

Great Wall’s Australian reboot under a new in-house distributor hasn’t exactly been a smash success, with the two-star ANCAP-rated Steed managing just 0.2 per cent ute market share in 2017 and netting about one-tenth of its internal target...


RAM 2500 and 3500 recalled for transmission fix
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RAM 2500 and 3500 recalled for transmission fix

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has recalled the 2010 RAM 2500 and 3500 to fix an issue with the gear selector. According to the company, the Brake Transmission Interlock pin could become locked open, allowing owners to shift the car out of Park without pressing the brake. This increases the risk of a rollaway, putting occupants and other road users at risk...


2019 Ram 1500 revealed in Detroit
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2019 Ram 1500 revealed in Detroit

The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 has made its debut at the Detroit motor show this week, sporting a lighter body and technology upgrades, along with a new mild-hybrid powertrain. Weighing up to 102 kilograms less than its predecessor, the new 1500 features an aluminium tailgate - but not the tray bed, which remains a decision unique to Ford and its big F-150...


Hyundai ute set for 2021, unlikely for Kia
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Hyundai ute set for 2021, unlikely for Kia

Hyundai is progressing with its internal design and engineering of its upcoming Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger competitor as it seeks to enter the heavily-contested, but very popular ute market in 2021. Speaking to the media at the Detroit motor show this week, Hyundai Australia’s head of public relations, Bill Thomas, said that while the ute is not 100 per cent confirmed yet, it's being well received by those that can give it the green light...


Renault Alaskan no certainty for Australia despite "huge opportunity"
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Renault Alaskan no certainty for Australia despite "huge opportunity"

Renault Australia is no closer to confirming whether the company’s first foray into the lucrative dual-cab ute segment, the Renault Alaskan, will make it Down Under. Launched onto the South American market at the end of 2016, the Nissan Navara-based Alaskan, made its European debut at the end of last year...


Toyota HiLux Rogue, Rugged, Rugged X announced for Australia
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Toyota HiLux Rogue, Rugged, Rugged X announced for Australia

The Toyota HiLux range will be bolstered by a trio of new variants in the second quarter of 2018, in the form of the Rogue, Rugged and Rugged X. Pitched as three different flagship models, each new variant has a different flavour, though all sport features that increase the Japanese ute's off-road protection, recovery and functionality...


2016-17 Ford Ranger recalled for fire risk
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2016-17 Ford Ranger recalled for fire risk

Ford Australia has issued a recall for 59,254 Ranger utes, over concerns a buildup of debris on the vehicle's underbody could pose a fire risk. The Blue Oval says affected units can accumulate vegetation on the underside of the vehicle when driven over long grass. If the condition occurs, the buildup could come into contact with the exhaust system, causing a fire in the underbody area...


Toyota HiLux SR5 Cruiser bound for NZ, no word on Australia
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Toyota HiLux SR5 Cruiser bound for NZ, no word on Australia

Toyota New Zealand will be offering a tougher-looking HiLux SR5 Cruiser, but there's no indication the special model will be coming to Australia. The new SR5 Cruiser, which looks very similar to the Thailand-bound HiLux Rocco, runs with a new grille and front bumper, complete with a neatly-integrated skid-plate at the front...


2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 revealed
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2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 revealed

The new-generation 2019 Chevrolet Silverado has been revealed this week, at an event celebrating 100 years of Chevrolet pick-up trucks. Launched in smaller '1500' form, the new Silverado is "all new from the ground up", featuring a refreshed exterior and new materials in the body, designed to cut vehicle weight...


Mazda BT-50 recalled over fire risk - UPDATE
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Mazda BT-50 recalled over fire risk - UPDATE

Approximately 20,000 Mazda BT-50 utes has been recalled over concerns grass and other debris could accumulate in the underbody, potentially posing a fire hazard. Owners are warned that driving over high grass - particularly dried-out grass - can cause the buildup of debris, and come into contact with the vehicle's exhaust system...


2018 Mahindra Pik-Up pricing and specs
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2018 Mahindra Pik-Up pricing and specs

The 2018 Mahindra Pik-Up has been detailed for the Australian market, with the new-generation ute range to kicking off from $21,990 drive-away. There are be four variants available across two trim grades at launch, with the entry-level price-leader to join in "early 2018". Single- and dual-cab body styles are offered, along with cab chassis and "well-side tub" trays...


Nissan Navara, Pathfinder recalled for nudge bar fix
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Nissan Navara, Pathfinder recalled for nudge bar fix

Nissan Australia has issued a recall notice for D23 Navara and R52 Pathfinder models with factory-fitted nudge bars. According to the company, insufficient bolt torque could cause the roll hoop to rattle or, in the worst-case scenario, detach from the vehicle while driving. This poses a risk to both vehicle occupants and other road users...