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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'...

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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?

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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...


LDV T60, Haval H2, Honda CR-V get five-star ANCAP rating
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LDV T60, Haval H2, Honda CR-V get five-star ANCAP rating

Independent crash-testing authority ANCAP has released its latest safety ratings this week, with the Haval H2, Honda CR-V and LDV T60 all receiving five-star scores. The H2 and T60 join the MG GS as the only Chinese cars to wear a five-star safety rating, scoring 35.46 and 34.88 out of 37 points respectively...


Nissan Titan full-size pickup might go global
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Nissan Titan full-size pickup might go global

Nissan’s global boss of commercial vehicles, Ashwani Gupta, says the company is looking at producing the Titan full-size pickup truck for markets outside of North America, including right-hand drive (RHD) countries such as Australia. Sales of Nissan’s Ford F-Series rival are up more than 200 per cent this year, with more than 40,000 units sold...


2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class first drive: video
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class first drive: video

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class claims to be the world's first 'premium' global dual-cab ute, so Jez Spinks flew over to the the global launch in Chile to discover if the new ute lives up to the hype. Watch his video above, and read the full review here. Final pricing and specifications for the Australian market are yet to be announced, though you can read our initial details story here...


2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class review
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class review

Is the Mercedes-Benz X-Class the real deal, or just another Euro-styled take on the Japanese Nissan Navara?


X-Class deserves a premium price, says Mercedes-Benz
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X-Class deserves a premium price, says Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class deserves to be the ute segment’s most expensive vehicle, according to the German luxury car maker. Mercedes-Benz Australia has yet to confirm local pricing for the company’s first ever cab-chassis and dual-cab model, though in Europe it’s already carrying a significant price premium over competitors...


Volkswagen Amarok towing challenge – from Perth to Sydney with a ’69 Beetle on the back

Volkswagen Amarok towing challenge – from Perth to Sydney with a ’69 Beetle on the back

It sounds like the dream road trip of so many Australians – Perth to Sydney, the Nullarbor, the Great Australian Bight. The Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. The West Coast to the East Coast. The great Australian road trip. It felt like a dream. Or, more correctly, like a blur, because I just completed this famed cross-country jaunt in only four-and-a-half days...


Volkswagen Amarok V6 sets record at WTAC
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Volkswagen Amarok V6 sets record at WTAC

An apprentice-tuned Volkswagen Amarok V6 has broken the two-minute barrier around Eastern Creek at this year's World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC). The special ute is based on a stock Amarok V6 Highline. A team of top apprentices from the local VW head office workshop and dealer network made an array of modifications to the mechanicals to make it track-ready, with a target of lapping Eastern Creek Raceway faster than a Volkswagen Golf GTI...


Holden Colorado Storm arrives from $52,490 - UPDATE
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Holden Colorado Storm arrives from $52,490 - UPDATE

The Holden Colorado Storm has joined the range as a limited-edition model, kicking off at $52,490 before on-road costs. Based on the LTZ Crew Cab, the Colorado Storm gets $3000 worth of additional equipment, including heated leather seats, a polished nudge bar with parking sensors, accessory cupholders, a bonnet protector, 'Storm badging' and carpet floor mats...


Nissan Navara, Tiida recalled for Takata airbags: 82,000 vehicles affected
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Nissan Navara, Tiida recalled for Takata airbags: 82,000 vehicles affected

Nissan has issued a recall for over 82,000 examples of its previous-generation Navara ute and Tiida small car as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign. This latest notice affects vehicles fitted with faulty passenger airbag inflators, which may rupture in the event of deployment...


Toyota HiLux gets mega makeover courtesy of Carlex design
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Toyota HiLux gets mega makeover courtesy of Carlex design

Polish car modification company Carlex mightn't be a household name in Australia, but the Toyota HiLux certainly is - and what you see here is the culmination of the two. The Toyota HiLux Hilly from Carlex's Pickup Design workshop apparently showcases what happens when a bunch of car-mad modders get their hands on a tough dual-cab ute and let their imaginations run wild...


2018 Nissan Navara SL v Volkswagen Amarok Core comparison
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2018 Nissan Navara SL v Volkswagen Amarok Core comparison

You've got a dilemma. You need a workhorse and bells and whistles but don't want to spend mega bucks. You could opt for a poverty pack ute and deal with the missing features, or, you could stump up the cash for the latest work-oriented dual-cab utes from Nissan and Volkswagen...


2018 Volkswagen Amarok V6 gets 3.5-tonne tow rating
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2018 Volkswagen Amarok V6 gets 3.5-tonne tow rating

An upgrade for the new model year has led to the 2018 Volkswagen Amarok V6 ute being given a 3500kg braked towing allowance - up from the 3000kg rating that still applies to previous examples. The new rating comes courtesy of engineering changes to the Amarok's rear step setup, and the availability of a 3.5-tonne genuine Volkswagen tow bar...