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Ute comparison: Ford Ranger v Holden Colorado v Isuzu D-Max v Mazda BT-50 v Mitsubishi Triton v Nissan Navara v Toyota HiLux v Volkswagen Amarok
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Ute comparison: Ford Ranger v Holden Colorado v Isuzu D-Max v Mazda BT-50 v Mitsubishi Triton v Nissan Navara v Toyota HiLux v Volkswagen Amarok

Utes, pick-ups, trucks, dual-cabs, double-cabs – whatever you call them, these big four-door 4x4 haulers are massively important to buyers in Australia. The 4x4 utility segment has boomed in recent years, and it remains one of the strongest parts of the Australian new car market – indeed, roughly one in every 10 vehicles sold in this country will be a four-wheel-drive commercial vehicle...


Driving to Australia's southernmost street: Cockle Creek Tasmania weekend road trip in the Mazda BT-50
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Driving to Australia's southernmost street: Cockle Creek Tasmania weekend road trip in the Mazda BT-50

We're all busy people — so it's important to take time out every now and then. Well, that's the excuse we came up with. Last year I had the chance to drive to the northernmost point of Australia with Volkswagen in the Amarok. With that trip a fond, albeit distant, memory, we conjured up a plan to drive another ute, a Mazda BT-50, to the southernmost point of Australia...


Mazda overtakes Holden in 2015: First full-importer to finish second overall
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Mazda overtakes Holden in 2015: First full-importer to finish second overall

By beating Holden in the 2015 sales race, Mazda has become the first full-line vehicle importer to crack the top-two in the Australian market for a full calendar year. The Japanese brand sold 114,024 vehicles in 2015, representing healthy growth of 13.2 per cent over 2014. This propelled the company from bronze to silver, given local hero Holden shrunk 3 per cent to 102,951...


2016 Mazda BT-50 Review: Coober Pedy Off-Road Adventure
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2016 Mazda BT-50 Review: Coober Pedy Off-Road Adventure

We head off road to northern South Australia to challenge the toughness of the new 2016 Mazda BT-50...


Mazda BT-50 petrol model ruled out
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Mazda BT-50 petrol model ruled out

The Mazda BT-50 range will not see the addition of an entry-level petrol model, despite many rivals offering a base model version with that fuel type at a more attractive price point. The refreshed 2016 Mazda BT-50 line-up still starts at $25,570 plus on-road for the base-model 2.2-litre turbo diesel single-cab-chassis XT variant, which puts the price of entry into a BT-50 higher than many rivals...


2016 Mazda BT-50 Review
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2016 Mazda BT-50 Review

The updated Mazda BT-50 offers a new look - but what else has changed?


Next Mazda BT-50 might be HiLux-based
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Next Mazda BT-50 might be HiLux-based

The growing global joint-venture between Mazda and Toyota could have implications for Australia’s massive light commercial sector. There are whispers that the next Mazda BT-50 one-tonne ute could be twinned with the Toyota HiLux, rather than the Ford Ranger as it is at present...


2016 Mazda BT-50: Prices up, new features promised
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2016 Mazda BT-50: Prices up, new features promised

The 2016 Mazda BT-50 is set to launch in Australia in a few weeks time with re-jigged styling and an array of new equipment, as well as price increases of a few hundred bucks. Reflecting Mazda’s strong standing in Australia on a global scale — Mazda has a greater market share here than anywhere else — the local BT-50 launch is among the first in the world...


2016 Mazda BT-50 facelift revealed, Australian launch set for third quarter
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2016 Mazda BT-50 facelift revealed, Australian launch set for third quarter

The refreshed 2016 Mazda BT-50 utility, revealed through spy photos and patent application images in recent weeks, is now officially out in the open. Only one photo of the facelifted BT has been released so far, although it is clear that Mazda has taken a light touch with updating its still relatively new ute...


2016 Mazda BT-50 revealed in patent images
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2016 Mazda BT-50 revealed in patent images

Patent images of the 2016 Mazda BT-50 have been obtained by CarAdvice. The patent images show only minor styling changes for the Australian-engineered Mazda ute, due to arrive here in updated guise around September. Despite speculation that the mid-life BT-50 update would offer a more aggressive design, it appears that styling changes are limited to an updated grille and minor revisions to the rear...


2015 Mazda BT-50 update leaks online
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2015 Mazda BT-50 update leaks online

The first image of the 2015 Mazda BT-50 mid-life update appears to have leaked onto the web, months out from the ute’s Australian launch around September. The images are all over Thai forums such as BT-50club.com, though it’s a little hard to ascertain on which one it first appeared...


Mazda BT-50 update to be heavily influenced by Australian feedback
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Mazda BT-50 update to be heavily influenced by Australian feedback

The updated Mazda BT-50 due on sale in the second half of 2015 will bring with it a range of design changes influenced by the company’s Australian arm. The new-look Mazda BT-50 will bring some elements of the Kodo design language that is seen on its passenger car range, which Mazda Australia marketing director Alastair Doak told CarAdvice is an obvious way to move forward...


2015 Mazda BT-50 Freestyle Cab Review
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2015 Mazda BT-50 Freestyle Cab Review

Mazda's BT-50 is closely related to the Ford Ranger, but does it offer a better value proposition?


2015 Mazda New Cars
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2015 Mazda New Cars

Details of the new and updated Mazda models launching in Australia in 2015.   Mazda 6 update – February A revised version of the Mazda 6 sedan and wagon will hit showrooms in February. The Japanese company has updated the Mazda 6 with a bolder front-end, including an updated grille and LED headlights, while the higher-spec models get new-look 19-inch alloy wheels...


Mazda BT-50 facelift confirmed for 2015
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Mazda BT-50 facelift confirmed for 2015

The Mazda BT-50 will receive a new look in 2015. Confirmation of the facelift for the Mazda BT-50 ute should mean the brand will be able to push more BT-50s in the fleet buyer segment, according to Mazda Australia managing director Martin Benders. “It will be next year,” Benders said...


Mazda expands lifetime capped-price servicing to all models; existing owners covered as well
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Mazda expands lifetime capped-price servicing to all models; existing owners covered as well

Mazda has expanded its retroactive lifetime capped-price service plan beyond just the Mazda3 and onto the entire passenger and commercial vehicle line-up.  Called Mazda Service Select, the plan covers the entire life of every Mazda vehicle, and also changes the increments of services from a rigid six-months/10,000km to as much as 12-months/10,000km, meaning low-mileage drivers aren’t necessarily forced into visiting their dealers twice a year...


Mazda BT-50 facelift to add more macho styling
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Mazda BT-50 facelift to add more macho styling

The Mazda BT-50 ute will get a more masculine look as part of a dramatic mid-life update due within a few years, as the Japanese brand looks to bring it into line with the rest of its model range. The BT-50's styling has always been its most polarising element - critics suggested it looked too 'happy', 'soft' and 'not masculine enough' to cut it in the hotly contested ute segment...


Mazda BT-50: $48,890 Freestyle XTR 4x4 automatic added to range
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Mazda BT-50: $48,890 Freestyle XTR 4x4 automatic added to range

The Mazda BT-50 range has been expanded to 22 models with the addition of a new automatic variant. Priced from $48,890, the Mazda BT-50 4x4 Freestyle Cab Utility XTR is now available with a six-speed automatic transmission after initially being launched exclusively as a manual for $46,890...


Mazda BT-50 Video Review
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Mazda BT-50 Video Review

Latest-generation Mazda BT-50 dual-cab ute impresses with its driving manners, smart interior as well as its ability to carry and tow stuff. You can also read the full CarAdvice Mazda BT-50 review here.