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Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger top November sales charts, ahead of Corolla

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Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger top November sales charts, ahead of Corolla

In a strong reflection of buyer trends, a pair of light commercial vehicles topped the sales charts in November. The Toyota HiLux (3839 units) was the nation’s favourite new vehicle, ahead of its Ford Ranger arch-nemesis (3410)...

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2009-2012 Nissan Navara, Patrol recalled for Takata airbags: 20,900 vehicles affected - UPDATE
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2009-2012 Nissan Navara, Patrol recalled for Takata airbags: 20,900 vehicles affected - UPDATE

Nissan has issued a recall for 20,906 of its previous-generation 'D22' Navara ute and 'Y61' Patrol off-roaders sold between 2009 and 2012 as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign. According to the Japanese manufacturer, affected vehicles could be fitted with passenger airbag inflators that may allow moisture to enter the unit...


2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Professional Cab-Chassis pricing and specs
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2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Professional Cab-Chassis pricing and specs

Local pricing and specifications for the rough-and-tumble Mercedes-Benz G-Professional Cab Chassis ute have been detailed this week. Starting at $119,900 plus on-road costs, the G-Professional definitely isn't cheap, though it boasts a 2085kg payload without a tray, 245mm of ground clearance, three differential locks that can be shifted to low-range on the move, along with a 650mm wading depth and adjustable engine speed control...


Amarok: Is power more important to pick-up buyers than safety?
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Amarok: Is power more important to pick-up buyers than safety?

We’ve highlighted it before: Unlike its major competition, the Ford Ranger, Toyota HiLux, Nissan Navara, Holden Colorado, Mazda BT-50 and Mitsubishi Triton, the freshly updated 2017 Volkswagen Amarok V6 doesn’t have rear passenger airbags. We consider the omission a significant oversight, as this isn’t new technology and we’ve been told that engineering them into the current-generation car is feasible...


2017 Volkswagen Amarok V6 review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 Volkswagen Amarok V6 review

A V6 heart transplant gives the VW Amarok a newfound sense of driving enjoyment, but is it enough to move it to the top of the heap?

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$59,990 - $67,990

2017 Volkswagen Amarok V6 pricing and specs
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2017 Volkswagen Amarok V6 pricing and specs

The long-anticipated Volkswagen Amarok V6 has arrived in Australia, giving the German brand’s local arm a serious point of difference in the intensely-fought 4x4 ute market. As expected, the Amarok V6 will come only in range-topping Highline ($59,990 plus on-road costs) and Ultimate guises ($67,990), which are $3000 and $4000 more than the superseded four-cylinder versions respectively...


2016 HSV Maloo R8 SV Black review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2016 HSV Maloo R8 SV Black review

HSV's limited-edition Maloo R8 SV Black is a final fling for the LS3 engine, and it's a fitting farewell for one of the best naturally aspirated Yankee V8 engines of all time.

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$62,990

2018 LDV T60 ute revealed, Australian debut confirmed: Five-star ANCAP score expected
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2018 LDV T60 ute revealed, Australian debut confirmed: Five-star ANCAP score expected

The anticipated 2018 LDV T60 ute has been revealed at this week's Guangzhou motor show, offering a first look at the Chinese commercial vehicle brand's rival to the top-selling Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger. An Australian launch for the LDV T60 has also been locked in, with local distributor Ateco today confirming the ute's debut will occur in the second half of next year...


Workhorse W-15 PHEV ute detailed with 128km all-electric range
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Workhorse W-15 PHEV ute detailed with 128km all-electric range

Workhorse Group, a US-based vehicle electrification company, has released the first details of its upcoming W-15 range-extended hybrid ute, which claims an all-electric range of up to 80 miles (128km)...


2017 Renault Alaskan - 2016 Paris Motor Show
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2017 Renault Alaskan - 2016 Paris Motor Show

The Renault Alaskan might look familiar as it is essentially a restyled Nissan Navara. Should it come to Australia? We know the Navara is a capable machine, and with a few tweaks the Renault could well be a solid competitor for the likes of the Volkswagen Amarok. Paul takes a look.


Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ v Volkswagen Amarok Core comparison
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Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ v Volkswagen Amarok Core comparison

You’ve got $40,000 and you want a dual-cab, diesel, 4x4 ute. But you don’t want to buy a Chinese vehicle – you want a brand name that is known and has the backing of a strong dealer network. Well, these two utes – the Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ and Volkswagen Amarok Core – could be for you...


2017 Great Wall Steed 4x4 Diesel review
Rating: 610 /10
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2017 Great Wall Steed 4x4 Diesel review

Is the 2017 Great Wall Steed a great ute? Not unless you're strapped for cash...

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$29,990

2017 Ram Power Wagon: US pricing announced, but not on local radar "at the moment"
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2017 Ram Power Wagon: US pricing announced, but not on local radar "at the moment"

Although US President-elect Donald Trump will have to wait until January 2017 to be officially sworn in as America’s 45th President and move into the White House, American off-road enthusiasts can get their hands on the 2017 Ram Power Wagon later this year...


Holden Colorado 4x4 sales on the up
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Holden Colorado 4x4 sales on the up

The recently refreshed 2017 Holden Colorado is a much better thing than it used to be, and sales of the ute are starting to reflect that. The numbers are going up in the more expensive four-wheel-drive segment – to the end of October 2016, sales of the Holden Colorado have increased 7.2 per cent year-on-year...


Mazda Australia says current range is "best line-up" for target customers
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Mazda Australia says current range is "best line-up" for target customers

Look at the sales charts and, overall, Mazda Australia and its current eight-vehicle line-up is hitting the mark with buyers, helping the local division lay claim to the title of second-highest-selling brand in the country, and more than 10 per cent market share. But it's so far done so with only one commercial model – the Mazda BT-50...


Mercedes-Benz X-Class to be offered as a dual-cab only
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Mercedes-Benz X-Class to be offered as a dual-cab only

There won’t be single-cab or space-cab versions of the all-new Mercedes-Benz X-Class, it has been revealed. The new model – presaged by the Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class models shown in Stockholm, Sweden this week – will be offered solely as a dual-cab model. The news was confirmed by Dr Klaus Benzinger, head of strategic product project for the mid-size pick-up at Mercedes-Benz...


Mercedes-Benz X-Class to be built in Spain, but Thailand not out of the question
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Mercedes-Benz X-Class to be built in Spain, but Thailand not out of the question

The all-new Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute destined for Australia will be built in a Nissan plant in Barcelona, Spain – but if the demand is big enough, it could also come from Thailand. The new Mercedes-Benz X-Class shares plenty with the Nissan Navara ute, including manufacturing facilities in Spain (where the vehicles for markets like Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Europe and Russia will be built) and in Argentina for the South American markets...


2017 Nissan Navara Series 2 pricing and specs: Improved suspension, new SL 4x4 grade
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2017 Nissan Navara Series 2 pricing and specs: Improved suspension, new SL 4x4 grade

Pricing and details for the 2017 Nissan Navara Series 2 have been released today, growing the number of variants beyond 30. First confirmed for dealers in late September, the Navara Series 2 introduces a new 'SL' model grade, along with a number of key updates to the suspension package of dual-cab models...


Volkswagen Amarok V6 demand soars: More than 6000 inquiries for 7.9sec 0-100km/h ute
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Volkswagen Amarok V6 demand soars: More than 6000 inquiries for 7.9sec 0-100km/h ute

The imminent Volkswagen Amarok V6 diesel has prompted a proverbial stampede of buyers interest, with the company having taken more than 6000 inquiries before the November 24 launch. The new power and torque leader in Australia’s booming 4x4 dual-cab ute class sports a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 with 165kW and 580Nm, outstripping the Ranger, Hilux, Colorado and co, though its expected limited towing capacity of 3...