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Isuzu Ute Australia's sales success tracked

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Isuzu Ute Australia's sales success tracked

Isuzu’s non-truck products have been on sale for decades in Australia, once wearing Holden badges...

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2018 Isuzu D-Max pricing and specs
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2018 Isuzu D-Max pricing and specs

Isuzu Ute Australia has given its enduringly popular D-Max and MU-X model range a series of mild updates for the 2018 model year. Headlining the D-Max changes is the addition of a new LS-T dual cab (crew cab) range-topper to get on ‘premium’ ute buyers’ short lists. The LS-Terrain version was previously a limited-run, but it’s now a permanent family member...


2018 Isuzu D-Max LS-T review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2018 Isuzu D-Max LS-T review

More comfortable suspension, extra creature comforts and colours, upped GVM and towing safety, and longer service intervals: the 2018 Isuzu D-Max LS-T gets more than a few worthy tweaks.

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$54,700

2018 Q1 car sales: Winners and losers
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2018 Q1 car sales: Winners and losers

With industry sales results for the first quarter (Q1) of 2018 available, now is a good time to look at the five car brands showing the highest numerical growth Down Under, and the five that have gone hardest in the other direction. One bad or good month may be a flash in the pan, but a full quarter of any calendar year is long enough to start picking trends...


Honda HR-V v Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross v Subaru XV comparison
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Honda HR-V v Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross v Subaru XV comparison

Small crossover SUVs with a predominantly urban focus have taken over the road. Just look around you. But the segment has splintered into a few directions exemplified by the trio you see here. They’re similar in most ways, but differ enough to corner specific subsets...


2018 Lexus LS review
Rating: 8.210 /10
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2018 Lexus LS review

Lexus's new flagship sedan embraces its Japanese heritage, while offering plushness and comfort inside that very, very few rivals can touch.

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$190,500 - $195,500

Ute comparison 2018: Ford Ranger v Toyota HiLux v Mitsubishi Triton v Nissan Navara v Holden Colorado v Isuzu D-MAX v Mazda BT-50 v Volkswagen Amarok
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Ute comparison 2018: Ford Ranger v Toyota HiLux v Mitsubishi Triton v Nissan Navara v Holden Colorado v Isuzu D-MAX v Mazda BT-50 v Volkswagen Amarok

Dual-cab utes are expected to be more versatile today than ever before. Rough and tough is not enough. The flagship versions must be comfortable inside, safe, and look the part because people want show ponies as well as workhorses. Consider, for a moment, that the eight most popular dual-cab models managed 193,000 sales in Australia last year, which equals 16 per cent of the entire new vehicle market...


Mitsubishi's sales success in Australia analysed
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Mitsubishi's sales success in Australia analysed

Mitsubishi Motors Australia (MMAL) often gets criticised for its model range – no real passenger car presence, and a few SUV staples getting long in the tooth despite regular upgrades. However, the value-driven company might be quietly laughing to itself right now, after posting 21,215 sales over the first quarter (Q1) of 2018, up 15 per cent over its record 2017 result...


Holden sales nosedive, down 23 per cent in Q1
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Holden sales nosedive, down 23 per cent in Q1

Holden sales fell by a drastic 29 per cent in March compared to the same month last year, rounding out an extremely disappointing quarter-one (Q1) in 2018. GM’s local subsidiary, now in its first calendar year as a full-range importer rather than local manufacturer, has seen sales tumble 23 per cent over the Q1 period...


China's LDV and MG making inroads
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China's LDV and MG making inroads

Sales of China-made new vehicles in Australia have risen 64 per cent to 1727 units over the first quarter of 2018. For context, Q1 sales of Italian-built vehicles were 1032, while 940 Swedish-built cars found a home. The figure for China-made cars almost topped the number sourced from France (1782). The biggest sources of imports were Japan (89,614), Thailand (77,746) and Korea (42,934)...


VFACTS: March 2018 new vehicle sales
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VFACTS: March 2018 new vehicle sales

Australia’s new vehicle sales in March hit a record high of 106,988 units, according to company-provided figures collated by industry peak body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). This increase of 4.4 per cent over March 2017 took quarter-one sales to 291,538, up 1.5 per cent over last year’s record...


Toyota talks Australian vehicle development, new HiLux editions
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Toyota talks Australian vehicle development, new HiLux editions

How much do you know about Toyota Motor Australia’s Product Planning and Development division in Port Melbourne? Apparently the answer for most of us is ‘not enough’. Which goes a long way to explaining why Australia’s dominant vehicle brand opened its doors a little wider than usual, and showed a number of media outlets around on the proviso it put stickers over our smartphone lenses...


2018 New York motor show: Hits and misses
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2018 New York motor show: Hits and misses

While not quite a match for last month's Geneva extravaganza, there were a significant number of new products to see at the New York show, and a few intriguing concepts on the side. New generations of mass-market vehicles such as the bolder 2019 Toyota RAV4 and revamped Subaru Forester premiered...


2019 Mazda CX-3 revealed, in part
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2019 Mazda CX-3 revealed, in part

The top-selling Mazda CX-3 small crossover will receive a range of pretty low-key upgrades before the end of the year, as previewed on the US model this week at the New York Auto Show. This is the second upgrade since 2015, and focuses on improvements to driving refinement and cabin feel. The show car appears to be a top-spec version, known as the Akari here...


Lincoln Aviator plug-in crossover revealed
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Lincoln Aviator plug-in crossover revealed

Ford Motor Company's premium division, Lincoln, is putting its bleak days behind it and making bold American luxury cars again. The Aviator 'preview' SUV being shown in New York this week continues the trend. It's a three-row crossover SUV to sit below the Navigator, and the company's first plug-in hybrid (PHEV)...