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2011-2012 Mazda BT-50 recalled for transmission fix

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2011-2012 Mazda BT-50 recalled for transmission fix

Mazda has issued a recall for 5200 of its 2011 and 2012 BT-50 utes fitted with the automatic transmission over concerns a faulty sensor could cause the transmission to downshift into first gear unexpectedly...

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2017 Mitsubishi Triton GLS Sports Edition on sale
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2017 Mitsubishi Triton GLS Sports Edition on sale

If you're onto a good thing, add some black styling stuff to it: that's the theme for the 2017 Mitsubishi Triton GLS Sports Edition. The newly-added model is based upon the GLS dual-cab variant, but the Sports Edition model aims to "deliver a smart but tough on-and-off-roader"...


2017 Ford Ranger FX4 pricing and specs
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2017 Ford Ranger FX4 pricing and specs

The limited-edition 2017 Ford Ranger FX4 has been revealed, giving the popular ute a 'black pack' makeover. In America, the FX4 badge currently brings enhanced capability to the big F-150 truck, but, in our case, Ford has stuck with a purely aesthetic exercise...


Isuzu looked to Aussie owners for guidance on new engine upgrades
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Isuzu looked to Aussie owners for guidance on new engine upgrades

Isuzu Ute Australia and its growing customer base have the brand's Japanese headquarters sitting up and taking notice. Australia is the biggest global export market for Isuzu, leading Saudi Arabia, Philippines, UK and Italy. Sales have been growing strong over the past eight years, since the introduction of the D-Max to the local market in 2008, followed by the arrival of the MU-X in 2013...


100,000 for 100: Isuzu Australia sales milestone and big birthday in 2017
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100,000 for 100: Isuzu Australia sales milestone and big birthday in 2017

Isuzu Ute Australia is counting down to a major milestone, as the Japanese company this year celebrates its 100 year anniversary. After launching the D-Max locally in 2008 and the MU-X in 2013, Isuzu finished 2016 with a cumulative sales total of 94,376 and expects to hit the 100,000 mark in the first half of the year...


2017 Ford Ranger XLS Special Edition review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Ford Ranger XLS Special Edition review

The same basic underpinnings with handy accessories and bundle value, what's not to like about the 2017 Ford Ranger XLS Special Edition?

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$48,990 - $51,190

2017 Isuzu D-Max review
Rating: 710 /10
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2017 Isuzu D-Max review

Can an upgraded engine, new transmissions and quieter cabin push the 2017 Isuzu D-Max up the sales charts?

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$28,500 - $54,200

2017 Isuzu D-Max pricing and specs: Updated engine and more kit
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2017 Isuzu D-Max pricing and specs: Updated engine and more kit

It may not look very different, but the 2017 Isuzu D-Max ute has seen some significant changes under the skin. The most significant chance is a re-worked version of the brand’s 3.0-litre turbo diesel truck engine, which is now Euro 5 compliant. It retains the same 130kW of power but now has 430Nm of torque (from 2000-2200rpm)...


2017 Isuzu D-Max X-Runner limited edition ute revealed
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2017 Isuzu D-Max X-Runner limited edition ute revealed

The updated 2017 Isuzu D-Max range may already have a staggering 23 variants available, but apparently there’s room for one more – the 2017 Isuzu D-Max X-Runner. This limited edition model is based on the 4x4 Isuzu D-Max model features the updated 3.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder engine with 130kW/430Nm, and it comes exclusively with the newly-developed Aisin six-speed automatic gearbox...


2017 Volkswagen Amarok pricing and specs
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2017 Volkswagen Amarok pricing and specs

The updated 2017 Volkswagen Amarok range is now complete, with revised four-cylinder models joining the recently launched Amarok V6 in Australia. Revealed alongside the V6 model in May last year, the update brings some subtle exterior tweaks, a new-look cabin and upgraded technology...


2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class reservations open in the UK
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class reservations open in the UK

The hotly anticipated 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class utility may not have been revealed in production guise yet, but the German company's British team has already opened up a reservation page for the new pick-up. Mercedes-Benz claims there has been "phenomenal early demand for the X-Class", and as such the Mercedes-Benz Vans team has decided to offer potential customers the chance to leave a refundable deposit on the new ute...


January Sales: Toyota HiLux edges Ranger and Colorado
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January Sales: Toyota HiLux edges Ranger and Colorado

Now that we’re acclimatised to the idea of a light commercial being the nation’s top-selling vehicle for a calendar year, we can watch the market with a different set of eyes. We’re only one month into 2017, but the January figures for ute sales make for interesting reading, mostly on account of the ever-growing Toyota HiLux versus Ford Ranger battle — billed by some as the new Commodore v Falcon rivalry...


2017 Mazda BT-50 XTR Freestyle Cab review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Mazda BT-50 XTR Freestyle Cab review

Considering an extra-cab ute? Need to prioritise load capacity over rear passenger comfort? Then the 2017 Mazda BT-50 XTR Freestyle Cab could be the ute for you.

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$49,675

Volvo 'ute' spied in XC90 clothing
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Volvo 'ute' spied in XC90 clothing

An odd-looking Volvo XC90 prototype has been spied in Europe, sporting a very long wheelbase and scaffolding over the tailgate. The red prototype features a rear axle that is noticeably further back than the standard XC90, with photographers estimating the wheelbase on this vehicle has been stretched by nearly 250mm – for reference, the XC90 has a 2984mm wheelbase...


2016 Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ Review: Long-term report one – introduction
Rating: 810 /10
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2016 Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ Review: Long-term report one – introduction

We bought this one – the 2016 Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ dual-cab ute – to see if it's the best from the brand.

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$38,490

Australia's key role in Mazda/Isuzu Ute deal
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Australia's key role in Mazda/Isuzu Ute deal

Australia was a key driver in Mazda’s decision to enter a joint-venture (JV) arrangement with Isuzu Ute to collaborate on the next-generation BT-50 and D-Max ute/pickup trucks, due around 2020. As announced in July, the two Japanese companies ditched existing ute JVs (Mazda with Ford, Isuzu with General Motors, which we already know plans to move upmarket with the next Colorado) and buddied up to better amortise costs...


2017 Volkswagen Amarok V6 Ultimate review
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2017 Volkswagen Amarok V6 Ultimate review

Ultimate by name, but does the 2017 Volkswagen Amarok V6 Ultimate live up to its claim?


Holden Colorado LTZ v Toyota HiLux SR5 comparison
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Holden Colorado LTZ v Toyota HiLux SR5 comparison

I’m sure that deep inside a fortune cookie somewhere is a pseudo-cryptic message that suggests being first doesn’t immediately equate with being the best. Take this pair of pick-ups for example. For 2016, the Toyota HiLux was not only the highest selling ute in Australia, it was the highest selling passenger vehicle. Period...


FCA confirms Jeep Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, Pickup Truck and US$1 billion investment in US production facilities
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FCA confirms Jeep Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, Pickup Truck and US$1 billion investment in US production facilities

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) US has confirmed several upcoming Jeep models along with a US$1 billion ($1.37 billion) investment into its Michigan and Ohio production facilities. The Jeep Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer and 'Pickup Truck' – likely to be the dual-cab ute based on the next-generation Wrangler off-roader and likely on the radar for Australia – have been confirmed to commence production by 2020, which should see the addition of 2000 American jobs...


Performax recalls Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra for airbag fix
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Performax recalls Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra for airbag fix

Local conversion firm Performax has issued a recall for its 2014 to 2017 model-year Chevrolet Silverado 2500, 3500 and GMC Sierra 2500 trucks over concerns a faulty module may fail to deploy the frontal airbags in a collision. According to the company, the affected vehicles are fitted with a sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) that may have defective software...