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The week's top news stories: May 20

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The week's top news stories: May 20

The automotive news wheel is always turning. If you’re not constantly checking CarAdvice – which you should be doing, by the way – it can be easy for some headlines to slip through the cracks...

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2019 Ford Ranger revealed with available AEB, 10-speed auto
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2019 Ford Ranger revealed with available AEB, 10-speed auto

Ford Australia has pulled back the sheet on the hotly-anticipated 2019 Ranger, which wades into the ute segment with more technology, sharper looks and more advanced powertrains than before. There's lots to talk about here, but we're going to start with the powertrains. In XLT and Wildtrak grades, the Ranger is now available with a new 2...


Brabus D4: Powered-up X-Class revealed
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Brabus D4: Powered-up X-Class revealed

Brabus is known for creating wild versions of Mercedes-Benz's fastest sedans, SUVs and sports cars, but now it has revealed its take on the new X-Class ute. Dubbed the D4 PowerXtra, the Brabus X-Class is based on the X250d, and features styling and mechanical tweaks for a small power boost and a unique look amongst the dual-cab ute crop...


2017-18 Ram 2500 and 3500 recalled
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2017-18 Ram 2500 and 3500 recalled

American Special Vehicles has recalled the 2017-18 Ram 2500 and 3500 over concerns the power steering could fail. The company reports vehicles fitted with a certain type of power steering hose may experience the fault. If the condition occurs, owners may notice a loss of hydraulic assistance to both the brakes and steering, subsequently increasing the risk an accident...


Ford F-150 Raptor drifts around the 'Ring – video
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Ford F-150 Raptor drifts around the 'Ring – video

The Ford F-150 Raptor is something of an on- and off-road weapon. Powered by a twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6, the super truck develops 335kW of power and 691Nm of torque. In a new clip posted by Ford Performance, the Blue Oval's performance truck is driven by drift racer Vaughn Gittin Jr...


2018 Ram 2500 recalled
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2018 Ram 2500 recalled

American Special Vehicles has issued a recall notice for the 2018 Ram 2500, over concerns about the Trailer Brake Module on cars with a 12-pin trailer plug. According to the import company, some MY18 trucks with the 12-pin plug may have the incorrect software installed, rendering the tail-lights on attached trailers inoperative...


2005-08 Mazda B4000 Bravo added to Takata recall
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2005-08 Mazda B4000 Bravo added to Takata recall

Mazda Australia has recalled the B4000, better known as the Bravo, two-wheel drive ute as part of the ever-growing Takata airbag saga. As affected airbag inflators age, a combination of high temperatures and humidity can make the propellant degrade. If the car is involved in a collision and the airbags trigger, metal fragments can shoot out and injure or kill occupants...


HSV Silverado pricing and specs
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HSV Silverado pricing and specs

Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) has announced pricing and specifications for the Chevrolet Silverado range, with the re-engineered American pick-up truck to start at $114,990 before on-road costs. Five variants will be offered locally, though all versions feature the same 6...


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 Toyota HiLux Rogue, Rugged and Rugged X review
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2018 Toyota HiLux Rogue, Rugged and Rugged X review

Nobody would have thought five years ago that the two best-selling cars in Australia would be dual-cab utes. But, they are, and dual-cab utes are going gangbusters with manufacturers keen to capitalise on sales at an all-time high. We've just spent the best part of two days testing Toyota's all-new models aimed at the buyer wanting more features and more off-road ability from their dual-cab ute...


Volkswagen Amarok: 200kW confirmed for new V6
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Volkswagen Amarok: 200kW confirmed for new V6

Volkswagen Australia has confirmed outputs for the uprated Amarok V6 due in the third quarter of 2018, with the revised engine claiming a power output of 200kW, on overboost. Speaking with CarAdvice, local communications boss Paul Pottinger confirmed the details, while also taking a thinly veiled swipe at the upcoming V6 version of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class...


Mitsubishi Triton facelift spied again
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Mitsubishi Triton facelift spied again

The upcoming Mitsubishi Triton facelift has been spied again, wearing the brand's distinctive Dynamic Shield face in place of the more mundane current look. This latest set of images was taken in the Flinders Ranges, two hours north of Port Augusta, South Australia, and published on Robert Pepper's Facebook page...


Ford Mustang confirmed for Supercars series, Ford Performance hits Australia
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Ford Mustang confirmed for Supercars series, Ford Performance hits Australia

Ford has announced the launch of Ford Performance  sub-brand in Australia, backed by the news the 2018 Mustang will be homologated for the 2019 Supercars season. The first Ford Performance-branded models to touch Australian soil will be the 2018 Mustang and hotly-anticipated Ranger Raptor...


Mercedes-Benz X-Class: What's different from Navara?
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Mercedes-Benz X-Class: What's different from Navara?

"It's just a Navara mate." There's going to be a lot of that over the next few months, and while the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class does share a platform with the 2018 Nissan Navara, there's more than a few changes under the skin. Let's take a look at them. A wider track The X-Class has a 50mm wider body than Navara, but crucially a 70mm wider track...


2018 Mazda BT-50 teased, here in May
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2018 Mazda BT-50 teased, here in May

Mazda Australia has teased the revised 2018 BT-50 ute in a single image this week, ahead of a market launch in May. We don't get a whole lot of clues as to what to expect visually, though the company says this will be the BT-50's "second and most comprehensive update since its launch in 2011"...


Ford Ranger Raptor pricing announced
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Ford Ranger Raptor pricing announced

Ford Australia has announced pricing for the hotly-anticipated Ranger Raptor, with proceedings to kick off at $74,990 before on-road costs when it arrives in showrooms later this year. That means the range-topping Ranger comes in at $13,200 more expensive than the current Wildtrak, and $6500 more than the Volkswagen Amarok V6 Ultimate...


Volkswagen Amarok V6 gets a power boost
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Volkswagen Amarok V6 gets a power boost

Volkswagen has announced a more powerful Amarok V6 is on the way, just in time to greet the range-topping V6 Mercedes-Benz X-Class. Power will come from a new, Euro 6 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 making 190kW and 580Nm – up from the 165kW and 550Nm (180kW on over boost) offered by the current range-topper...


Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak revealed in New York
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Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak revealed in New York

Volkswagen has revealed an MQB-based pickup concept in New York, in the form of the (stunning) Atlas Tanoak. Named after a species of tree native to the Pacific Coast of North America, the dual-cab pickup is 5438mm long, 2030mm wide and 1844mm tall, with a cargo tray measuring 1627mm x 1450mm x 530mm. Ground clearance is a handy 250mm, an increase of 5cm over the standard Atlas SUV...


Volkswagen planning new MQB pickup model - report
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Volkswagen planning new MQB pickup model - report

Volkswagen will reveal a US-market ‘unibody’ pickup truck concept at the New York motor show this week, according to well-placed sources speaking with industry title Automotive News. Said to be a spin-off of the Atlas three-row crossover, the pickup concept will apparently be used to gauge customer response, with series production apparently a very real possibility – and soon...


Ram 2500 and 3500 recalled over fire risk
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Ram 2500 and 3500 recalled over fire risk

American Special Vehicles has recalled 2014-2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks with the 6.7-litre diesel engine, over concerns a faulty water pump could cause an engine fire. According to the importer and right-hand drive converter, the water pump could fail which, in turn, might cause an engine compartment fire. There are 529 vehicles included in this recall...