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...

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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.


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

HiLux, Ranger, Triton, Navara, Amarok, BT-50, D-Max, Colorado... CarAdvice reveals which is the best dual-cab ute for work and play.


Mazda CX-5, BT-50 demand outstripping capacity
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Mazda CX-5, BT-50 demand outstripping capacity

Mazda Australia is in danger of becoming victim of its own success, with the company unable to keep up with high demand for its CX-5 and BT-50 models. Mazda Australia managing director Martin Benders told CarAdvice the company is pushing to increase supply of the CX-5 and BT-50 to maintain the strong sales momentum achieved by the models in the first half of the year...


Utes: February 2013 sales overview
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Utes: February 2013 sales overview

The all-conquering Toyota HiLux has yet again led the way for ute sales in February, in a month that saw four commercial vehicles make it into the top seven highest selling cars list. While the gap from the Toyota HiLux (3319) to the second-placed Nissan Navara (2645) is close (674 vehicles), the distance between the Nissan and the Mitsubishi Triton (2335) in third position is far closer at (310 vehicles)...


Mazda BT-50 towing capacity boosted
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Mazda BT-50 towing capacity boosted

Mazda has announced a boost in towing performance across its Mazda BT-50 4x2 and 4x4 ute range to equal the pulling power of best in vehicles its class. The 150kg increase in the braked towing capacity of Mazda BT-50 4x2 Hi-Rider and 4x4 models takes the utes from 3350kg to 3500kg...


Mazda to build new transmission plant in Thailand
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Mazda to build new transmission plant in Thailand

Mazda has announced it will build a new transmission plant in Thailand, with operations set to begin between April and September 2015. At a cost of $273 million (26 billion yen) and with an annual production capacity of approximately 400,000 automatic transmission units, Mazda says the plant’s construction is in response to the increasing demand for models featuring the company’s Skyactiv technology such as the Mazda CX-5 and all-new Mazda6...


Utes: November 2012 sales overview
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Utes: November 2012 sales overview

The Toyota HiLux has continued its year of ute sales domination, coming out on top again in the November sales figures. While the Toyota HiLux retained top spot with 3059 units delivered across the country, November proved an impressive month for the Ford Ranger as it took a solid grasp of second place ahead of the Nissan Navara (2187 units versus 2057)...


2012 Mazda BT-50 Review
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2012 Mazda BT-50 Review

Mazda's BT-50 XTR presents a strong offering in the dual-cab ute segment but is let down by its overly firm ride.


Mazda Australia becomes first full-line importer to top 10,000 sales
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Mazda Australia becomes first full-line importer to top 10,000 sales

Segment-topping performances from three models and a hugely successful single-day promotion have helped Mazda become the first full-line importer in Australian automotive industry to sell more than 10,000 vehicles in a month. Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries confirmed Mazda Australia sold 10,093 vehicles across the country in September, eclipsing its previous monthly record of 9345 set in April by 748 units...


Utes: August sales overview
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Utes: August sales overview

The Toyota HiLux has continued its domination of Australia's pick-up/cab-chassis segment in August, claiming the title of the top-selling vehicle in its class and overall for the fifth consecutive month. The Toyota HiLux took top spot with 4010 units sold, ahead of the Nissan Navara (2017) and Ford Ranger (1629)...