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It’s time for the latest instalment of Deals on Wheels, our look at factory-backed special offers for all you (end of financial year) new car shoppers. This isn’t a promotional campaign, just us trying to offer you some interesting suggestions if you’re in the market for some new wheels...

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Top-selling utes and vans: Deep-dive into Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger and beyond
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Top-selling utes and vans: Deep-dive into Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger and beyond

Light commercial vehicles nailed it in May, recording 10.6 per cent growth year-on-year and managing overall market share of exactly 20 per cent. That means one in every five new vehicles purchases last month was a ute, van or light bus of some variety...


Nissan NV300: Trafic-based van previewed for Euro market
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Nissan NV300: Trafic-based van previewed for Euro market

Japanese manufacturer Nissan has previewed its all-new NV300 work van this week, hinting at the latest addition to the car maker’s commercial vehicle range. Seen here with just its nose peeking out from under a sheet, the Renault Trafic-based van is set to be unveiled at the Hanover commercial vehicle show in September, with a launch in select markets to follow...


2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 416 LWB Review
Rating: 710 /10
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2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 416 LWB Review

We go extra-large and take the LWB Mercedes-Benz Sprinter out and about.

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2016 Ford Transit 12-seat bus pricing and specifications
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2016 Ford Transit 12-seat bus pricing and specifications

The 2016 Ford Transit range has expanded in Australia this week with the addition of a 12-seater bus variant targeted at businesses, schools, sport clubs and government departments. Behind the three standard seats in the front, the new Ford Transit 410L LWD adds nine more seats in a 2-3-4 configuration over its regular mid-roofed van counterpart...


Ford Transit Custom, Mercedes-Benz Vito vans get five-star ANCAP crash ratings
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Ford Transit Custom, Mercedes-Benz Vito vans get five-star ANCAP crash ratings

Crash safety watchdog, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), has awarded a pair of vans the maximum five-star crash score. However, the scores were date-stamped with previous testing years. The Ford Transit Custom, which comes standard with front and side airbags unlike some rivals, got the five-star score against 2012 ratings criteria — reflecting when it was physically crashed by sister organisation Euro NCAP (which gave it five stars also)...


2016 Renault Trafic Review: Long-term report three
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2016 Renault Trafic Review: Long-term report three

Three months in, here's the latest on our 2016 Renault Trafic long-termer.

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Nissan Australia still saying no to vans
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Nissan Australia still saying no to vans

Nissan Australia continues to rule out a return to the commercial van market, citing the high barriers to entry against established players such as the Toyota HiAce and Hyundai iLoad. Nissan remains a strong van player in many markets, with offerings such as the well-regarded NV200 and (Renault Master-based) NV400 in the UK and the NV350 in Japan, though it hasn’t offered a van product here since the early 1990s...


Kia Australia wants vans and trucks again
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Kia Australia wants vans and trucks again

Kia Australia would jump at the chance to sell a light commercial range like it used to, but says there’s currently just no suitable product to choose from. Kia has previously sold a couple of work vehicles in Australia, most notably the cut-price Pregio van, which sold between 2002 and 2006, and was at times the second most popular van on sale after the Toyota HiAce...


Renault LCV range gain X-Track extras, Master adds 4x4 - UPDATE
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Renault LCV range gain X-Track extras, Master adds 4x4 - UPDATE

The Renault Kangoo small van, Renault Trafic mid-size van and Renault Master large van ranges have been updated with X-Track extras. The new Renault X-Track pack includes a limited-slip differential, raised suspension for better ground clearance, underbody protection and all-weather tyres...


2015-16 Ford Transit recalled in US for airbag fault, Australian models not affected
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2015-16 Ford Transit recalled in US for airbag fault, Australian models not affected

Ford’s home office has recalled over 37,000 examples of its 2015-16 Transit vans for an issue with the side curtain airbags. The affected vans were manufactured between March 12, 2014 and March 18, 2016, all specified with low roofs. The manufacturer reports that due to an error in the assembly process, the side curtain airbag may not deploy with the proper trajectory, as a result of being folded and packaged incorrectly...


2016 Iveco Daily 4x4: rigorous outback testing completed ahead of local launch
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2016 Iveco Daily 4x4: rigorous outback testing completed ahead of local launch

One of the country's most hardcore off-road utility vehicles, the 2016 Iveco Daily 4x4, has concluded its Australian testing ahead of its launch in the coming months. The local testing regimen included 13,000 kilometres of testing at "almost full GVM" (4495 kilograms), and saw the Iveco Daily 4x4 encounter temperatures of 48° Celsius...


2016 Renault Trafic Review: Long-term report two
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2016 Renault Trafic Review: Long-term report two

Our second long-term update on the Renault Trafic L1H1 dCi140 sees videographer Mitchell Oke tell us his thoughts on the van as a camera crew vehicle.

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2016 Hyundai iLoad Review
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2016 Hyundai iLoad Review

The 2016 Hyundai iLoad sees some additional equipment, but does it stack up for business buyers?


Sydney to Melbourne Road Trip: Load-lugging in the 2016 Ford Transit Custom

Sydney to Melbourne Road Trip: Load-lugging in the 2016 Ford Transit Custom

Glamour. Excitement. Travel. All part of the day-to-day life for a CarAdvice team member. Well, maybe Alborz… For our legendary office manager Marcus, one-out-of-three would have to do, having drawn the short straw (it was the only straw) that found him hauling a load of stuff from our Sydney office to its Melbourne counterpart...

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2016 Volkswagen Transporter TDI340 Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2016 Volkswagen Transporter TDI340 Review

The 2016 Volkswagen Transporter range proves that one size doesn't fit all.

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Van comparison: Hyundai iLoad v Renault Trafic v Volkswagen Transporter
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Van comparison: Hyundai iLoad v Renault Trafic v Volkswagen Transporter

Commercial vans are increasingly proving an important part of the Australian automotive landscape. Vans of all sizes – small, medium and large – saw sales increases in 2015, and it’s that middle segment that takes up the majority of sales. There’s a clear sales leader and, surprise, surprise – it’s a Toyota...


2016 Renault Trafic Review: Long-term report one
Rating: 810 /10
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2016 Renault Trafic Review: Long-term report one

Our first instalment covering our new long-term Renault Trafic.

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Volkswagen Transporter Runner and Caddy Runner vans on sale now
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Volkswagen Transporter Runner and Caddy Runner vans on sale now

The new-generation versions of the Volkswagen Transporter Runner and Volkswagen Caddy Runner vans are on sale now. Volkswagen's budget-friendly Runner models have been around for a few years now, and these cut-price versions of the Caddy and Transporter are designed to appeal to those buyers who need a basic van for business needs...


2016 Hyundai iLoad, iMax Series II pricing and specifications: New features, greater supply for Korean haulers
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2016 Hyundai iLoad, iMax Series II pricing and specifications: New features, greater supply for Korean haulers

The Hyundai iLoad, Australia’s second-most-popular cargo van, has received a range of updates that bring it closer to its classy new European rivals such as the Volkswagen Transporter, Renault Trafic, Ford Transit Custom and Mercedes-Benz Vito...