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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...

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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...


Mazda to retain current BT-50 beyond 2020
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Mazda to retain current BT-50 beyond 2020

Mazda will continue to offer the Mazda BT-50 in its current form and shape beyond 2020 while its joint venture with Isuzu progresses. Speaking to the media at the 2017 Los Angeles motor show, Mazda Australia's managing director Vinesh Bhindi confirmed that there are no plans to alter the BT-50 or adopt any Ford Ranger-based changes until the next generation...


Isuzu could have more in store for "under-stressed" diesel
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Isuzu could have more in store for "under-stressed" diesel

Isuzu Ute Australia has hinted at the performance potential lurking within the 3.0-litre diesel engine in the MU-X SUV and D-Max ute. Speaking to CarAdvice, Mark Harman, PR and sponsorship manager at Isuzu Ute Australia, said the extra torque on offer in the 3...


Tesla Pickup teased
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Tesla Pickup teased

The surprise reveals from Tesla continue, with  the company previewing an pickup based on the Semi revealed last week. Shown during the launch of the Tesla Semi and manic Tesla Roadster, the design sketch above shows a fairly large ute with another ute sitting in the tray - CEO Elon Musk describes it as a "pickup that can carry a pickup truck"...


2018 Toyota HiLux gets a beastly make over
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2018 Toyota HiLux gets a beastly make over

Images of the 2018 Toyota HiLux facelift have surfaced online, revealing a new front end and a rugged, off-road oriented model for the Thai market. The pictures, published by MZ Crazy Cars on Facebook, show the range of HiLux exterior visual changes, along with interior updates and a model called the 'Rocco'...


2015/16 Ford Ranger recalled for gearbox fix
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2015/16 Ford Ranger recalled for gearbox fix

Ford Australia has recalled 5655 2015/16 Rangers with a manual gearbox, over concerns a faulty gearshift clip could lead to a loss of drive. According to the company, the gearshift cable retaining clip might not be properly fastened, which could put it into contact with the rear driveshaft...


2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class pricing and specs
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class pricing and specs

Mercedes-Benz Australia has announced local pricing and specs for the X-Class ute, which is set to land April 2018. Two engines will be available from launch, but the base 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel will only be available with a manual gearbox. X220d buyers will be given the choice of cab chassis or load bed tray, the latter of which will be offered with 4Matic all-wheel drive...


2015-16 Mazda BT-50 recalled for shifter fix
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2015-16 Mazda BT-50 recalled for shifter fix

Mazda Australia has issued a recall for its BT-50 ute sold during 2015 and early-2016, over concerns manual examples could experience a loss of drive. The Japanese manufacturer says affected utes could be fitted with a gearshift cable retaining clip that isn't fully engaged, which could lead to the gearshift cables moving out of position and contacting the propeller shaft...


2018 LDV T60 review
Rating: 710 /10
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2018 LDV T60 review

With the local launch of the LDV T60, the Chinese auto giant SAIC is making a big play for Australia's booming ute segment. But is the company's first dual-cab 4x4 good enough to mix it with the established players?


2017 Mitsubishi Triton Exceed review
Rating: 710 /10
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2017 Mitsubishi Triton Exceed review

The Mitsubishi Triton Exceed range-topper undercuts its rivals by thousands, but does it have the chops to be a proper lusted-after ‘lifestyle’ ute like the Ranger XLT or HiLux SR5? Or are you better off buying a lower grade and mods for the same money?


Ford reveals special F-Series trucks and SUVs for SEMA
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Ford reveals special F-Series trucks and SUVs for SEMA

Ford has revealed a set of concept vehicles for the 2017 SEMA show, this time based on its F-Series truck and SUV range. While there are too many individual cars to detail all of them, here are three of our favourites: Ford F-150 by Air Design (top) The best selling car in America has been given a makeover, inspired by the sport truck mania of the 1990s, including a range of accessories by Air Design...


Toyota on Ranger Raptor: 'Clearly there's a gap' in HiLux range
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Toyota on Ranger Raptor: 'Clearly there's a gap' in HiLux range

Toyota Australia knows it has room at the top of its HiLux line for an even musclier pack than what it offers right now with its latest take on a TRD-badged model. The company is no stranger to performance-tweaked HiLux packages, however, having dabbled in that segment nearly 10 years ago with the supercharged 225kW TRD HiLux 4000S...