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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for April 28, 2017

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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for April 28, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

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Mitsubishi UK adds special edition Triton as part of Special Vehicle Projects business
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Mitsubishi UK adds special edition Triton as part of Special Vehicle Projects business

Mitsubishi Motors in the UK has unveiled a new take on the Triton (or L200, as it's known there), with the debut of the Barbarian SVP as part of its newly launched Special Vehicle Projects division. The new model is based on the bulk-selling dual-cab model, with 250 examples to be built - half in the Electric Blue metallic paint you see here, and half in Cosmos Black...


LDV T60 ute "the path of least resistance" in improving brand image, local distributor says
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LDV T60 ute "the path of least resistance" in improving brand image, local distributor says

Australia's growing preference for SUVs might give the new LDV D90 a strong start, but the Chinese brand's Australian distributor believes it is our other big love - utes - that will make the incoming T60 the star of the range...


2017 Toyota Hilux TRD review
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2017 Toyota Hilux TRD review

Read the full article here. Today we’re going to take a look at something truly exciting that’s been developed by Toyota’s go-fast team, TRD. It’s the 2017 Toyota HiLux TRD. Wait, what? Toyota Racing Development hasn’t really worked this new model over to within an inch of its life, and it really hasn’t done anything to make it a much sportier than the standard vehicle...


2017 Toyota HiLux TRD review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Toyota HiLux TRD review

The 2017 Toyota HiLux TRD ute adds some styling extras to the range-topping SR5 dual-cab diesel 4x4 ute. Is it worth the extra cash?

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$58,990 - $61,540

2018 LDV T60 review: Quick drive
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2018 LDV T60 review: Quick drive

James Wong gets a first drive of China's latest ute, the 2017 LDV T60, before it arrives in Australian showrooms later this year.


2018 LDV T60: Australian launch brought forward to September
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2018 LDV T60: Australian launch brought forward to September

The LDV T60 is the Chinese company’s first entrant into the booming commercial ute segment, and initial details of what’s to come for Australian versions have been revealed this week. The company has also confirmed it is now targeting a September launch for Australia, around a month earlier than previously expected...


2017 Foton Tunland 4x4 review
Rating: 610 /10
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2017 Foton Tunland 4x4 review

It's one of the most affordable utes on the market, and while the 2017 Foton Tunland lacks some safety kit, it's a fairly strong performer for the money.

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$27,990

Ford Ranger Wildtrak v Toyota HiLux TRD comparison
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Ford Ranger Wildtrak v Toyota HiLux TRD comparison

This really is the battle of the big guns – the most expensive versions of the Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux, fighting for the title of the sportiest lifestyle ute. They’re both more popular than any SUV on the market, with buyers choosing these high-riding, five-seat vehicles to get around even if they don’t use the tray for its intended purpose...


Playtime in the Toyota HiLux Tonka concept and 2017 Toyota HiLux TRD
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Playtime in the Toyota HiLux Tonka concept and 2017 Toyota HiLux TRD

Read the full article here. We’re in the exhibition hall at Australian Technology Park in Sydney for the global unveiling of the Toyota HiLux Tonka concept, which is based on the top-spec double-cab SR5, A little playground with dirt, hills and giant building bricks has been set up inside the massive building to show off its capabilities...


Playtime in the Toyota HiLux Tonka concept and 2017 Toyota HiLux TRD

Playtime in the Toyota HiLux Tonka concept and 2017 Toyota HiLux TRD

You're never too old to play with toys, we say - and Toyota has given us all a nice reminder with the release of the full-size HiLux Tonka concept. Billed as the "dream toy for adults", this collaborative 'Toyonka' (Tonkota?) made its global debut in Sydney recently...

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$56,390

2017 Holden Colorado Z71 review: Long-term report two

2017 Holden Colorado Z71 review: Long-term report two

Whether it be through a multitude of contrasting paint options, bespoke build programs or just some clever technology, ways of making your car, even more, yours (Mike wouldn’t let me say ‘yourer’), is pretty hot property at the moment. Our 2017 Holden Colorado Z71 long-termer, Mr Plow, has taken a relatively traditional personalisation route though, through the addition of some genuine accessories...

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$57,190

March sales: Three utes in overall top five
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March sales: Three utes in overall top five

Three of the top-five selling vehicles in Australia, over the course of a record-setting March, were utes. Furthermore, light commercial vehicles attained a mammoth 21 per cent share of the total market, compared to SUVs (39.4) and passenger cars (37)...


Hyundai dual-cab ute still not in the pipeline "at the moment", says design head
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Hyundai dual-cab ute still not in the pipeline "at the moment", says design head

It seems the dual-cab ute Hyundai Australia so very dearly wants is still a way off, with the Korean brand's design head saying such as model is not in the pipeline just yet. Speaking exclusively to CarAdvice at this week’s 2017 Seoul motor show, Hyundai and Kia chief design officer Peter Schreyer said, while he and his team are working on a number of vehicles, a ute is still not currently one of them...


Nissan Navara SL directly driven by customer demand and feedback
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Nissan Navara SL directly driven by customer demand and feedback

Nissan's new Navara SL variant was created as a direct result of customer demand and feedback, with the company focusing its efforts on the rugged tradie that wants a good looking, honest workhorse. Speaking with CarAdvice at the recent Nissan Navara SII launch, Nissan Australia senior manager of product planning, Adrian Sciacca, said that Nissan is constantly listening to customers in the hunt for the right vehicle configuration...


2017 Toyota HiLux TRD arrives from $58,990
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2017 Toyota HiLux TRD arrives from $58,990

Toyota has added an aggressive-looking TRD accessories pack option for its HiLux ute, starting at $58,990 drive-away. Available with either black or white exterior paint, the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) package includes a number of interior and exterior enhancements, though there have been no modifications to the HiLux's 130kW/450Nm (420Nm manual) 2...


Toyota HiLux Tonka concept revealed
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Toyota HiLux Tonka concept revealed

The Toyota HiLux Tonka concept has been revealed this week, paying tribute to the popular ute's top sales ranking in Australia last year, along with the 70th and 80th birthdays of the Tonka and Toyota brands respectively. Based on the flagship SR5 double cab variant, the HiLux Tonka concept features a number of off-road upgrades along with an eye-catching black-and-yellow livery...


Nissan Australia sales "a little off the pace", Wildtrak rival under consideration
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Nissan Australia sales "a little off the pace", Wildtrak rival under consideration

Nissan Australia has admitted that its local sales performance is "a little off the pace", with a month-on-month improvement required to bring the brand back to target. But, speaking exclusively with CarAdvice at the recent Navara SII and Pathfinder launch, Nissan Australia boss Richard Emery suggested that while the company is behind on sales, it's not overly concerned...


2017 Nissan Navara Series II Dual-Cab review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Nissan Navara Series II Dual-Cab review

While the design hasn't changed, Nissan's Series II Navara promises a better ride both laden and unladen. But, is it enough to make this a good work and play ute?

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$19,490 - $55,490

LDV T60 ute on sale in Australia from October
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LDV T60 ute on sale in Australia from October

The all-new LDV T60 ute has been confirmed for an October launch in Australia, and is expected by the Chinese company to become its top-selling model locally. From launch, the T60 will offer a range of variants, including 4x4 dual cabs, along with 2WD and 4x4 cab chassis bodies. Manual and automatic transmissions will be available, in a mix of two trim and equipment levels...