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VFACTS: Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Triton and Isuzu D-Max make the Top 10

The Toyota HiLux posted its strongest March result of all time last month, as it got a head-start on its run to becoming the nation’s favourite vehicle for a sixth year in a row. The strong ute result comes as sales of Light Commercial Vehicles (the industry term for utes and vans) outsold traditional passenger cars for the first time in Australian automotive history, in March 2021, with 23,255 LCVs reported as sold (up 28 per cent compared to the same month last year) versus 21,360 passenger cars (down 1...

2021 Isuzu D-Max gets $1000 price rise across the range

Recommended retail prices across the 2021 Isuzu D-Max ute range have increased by a margin of $1000 in Australia. A spokesperson for Isuzu in Australia was unable to comment on the price change when approached by CarAdvice, with the brand's media bulletin merely attributing "increasing costs associated with the [D-Max]" for the price rise...

Isuzu D-Max and Mazda BT-50 continue strong run of sales

The Isuzu D-Max and Mazda BT-50 ute twins under the skin continued their strong run of sales in February, according to the most recent VFACTS sales data from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries. Isuzu reported 1765 examples of its D-Max as sold over the month, comprising 485 rear-wheel drive 4x2 models and 1280 four-wheel-drive variants...

VFACTS 2020: Isuzu D-Max posts sales record, waiting time still up to six months

The new-generation Isuzu D-Max ute has posted its best monthly sales result of all time in Australia – however even that has not been enough to reduce waiting times which now stretch up to six months. Official sales figures for 2020 released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries show Isuzu reported 2409 examples of the D-Max ute as sold in December, which was its highest monthly result since June 2017 (when 2388 were sold)...

2021 Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain price rises amid severe stock shortages

The Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain ute just got more expensive as of 1 January 2021, with the price increasing by $1000 to $59,990 drive-away. Isuzu says it will honour customer orders placed at the original launch offer price of $58,990 drive-away, however new buyers who walk into a showroom from now on will be quoted the higher price of $59,990 drive-away (not including metallic paint, which adds $500)...

Top 20: Your most-read reviews in 2020

Yesterday we took a look at the vehicle models which garnered the most review-reads in 2020, but what happens when we break it down further and look at the individual reviews you read most? There were some big launches across a lot of key segments in a year where traditional launch programs and motor shows were all but non-existent...

2021 Isuzu D-Max recalled for seatbelt fault

Isuzu Ute Australia has issued a recall of 690 examples of its new 2021 D-Max dual-cab ute due to a seatbelt fault. The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says the rear seat seatbelt pretensioner locking tab may be defective and will not tension properly...

Isuzu D-Max production ramps up again after temporary shutdown

Production of the new Isuzu D-Max is ramping back up again after a parts shortage temporarily interrupted supply of Australian models. Earlier this month, Isuzu Ute Australia issued an urgent bulletin to dealers and wrote to customers to apologise for an unexpected delay in production at its Thailand factory due to a critical component not being available out of Europe...

Isuzu D-Max to stop production for three months, Mazda BT-50 ok for now

The waiting time for a new Isuzu D-Max ute is about to get longer, with production “suspended” for the next three months after a parts supplier was shut down in Europe due to COVID-19 – and its twin under the skin, the Mazda BT-50, is also likely to be affected. Although the Isuzu D-Max and Mazda BT-50 utes are made on the same production line in Thailand, parts for the jointly-developed vehicles are sourced globally...

The Isuzu MU-X tech coming to the Isuzu D-Max

The 2021 Isuzu D-Max ute has only just gone on sale in Australia, but there are already some clear signs of the extra technology coming to next model update. The new-generation Isuzu MU-X four-wheel-drive wagon – which was unveiled in Thailand today ahead of its Australian showroom arrival this time next year – had a host of extra features likely to make it onto future editions of the Isuzu D-Max ute...

CarAdvice decides: New D-Max, or new BT-50?

Never ask a parent who their favourite child is – doubly so when it's twins. Of course, the crowd in the CarAdvice content team could never cower before such tough questions, so here it is: of the new-generation 2021 Isuzu D-Max and 2021 Mazda BT-50 twins, which would our team James Ward – Director of Content D-Max – the black contrast elements on the X-Terrain look much tougher than the chrome on the Mazda, and for mine, that's a big part of a ute's appeal...