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Chasing Jewfish in the Isuzu D-MAX

Jewfish are one of the most iconic fish on the east coast of Australia and can be notoriously difficult to catch. They inhabit a wide range of habitats and can be found offshore and in coastal estuaries, but there’s nothing quite like catching them off the beach or rocky coastal headlands. It’s a challenge like no other...

2017 Isuzu D-MAX Arctic Trucks AT35 revealed

We loved the previous iteration of the Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 so much, we couldn't contain our excitement when the new 2017-spec version was revealed for the UK market. Said to have been “engineered to shine in the most gruelling conditions,” the 2017 Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 is the uber-tough product of a collaboration between the Japanese car and truck maker and Icelandic 4x4 specialists Arctic Trucks, and follows in the mighty off-road-sized footprints of the 2016 Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35...

Isuzu and Mazda ute deal clarified

The oft-discussed partnership between Isuzu Ute and Mazda, which will see the former provide utility vehicles to the latter, remains a subject of intense sensitivity and secrecy. However, we can clarify, for anyone not quite clear on the deal announced last July, that the deal is a supplier partnership rather than a joint-venture...

Deals on wheels for May 5

It’s time for the latest instalment of Deals on Wheels, which this week looks at factory-backed special offers for all you weekend shoppers. This isn’t a promotional campaign, just us trying to offer you some interesting suggestions if you’re in the market for some new wheels. Haggle hard, and happy shopping. If you spot any deals, let us know in the comments...

Isuzu looked to Aussie owners for guidance on new engine upgrades

Isuzu Ute Australia and its growing customer base have the brand's Japanese headquarters sitting up and taking notice. Australia is the biggest global export market for Isuzu, leading Saudi Arabia, Philippines, UK and Italy. Sales have been growing strong over the past eight years, since the introduction of the D-Max to the local market in 2008, followed by the arrival of the MU-X in 2013...

100,000 for 100: Isuzu Australia sales milestone and big birthday in 2017

Isuzu Ute Australia is counting down to a major milestone, as the Japanese company this year celebrates its 100 year anniversary. After launching the D-Max locally in 2008 and the MU-X in 2013, Isuzu finished 2016 with a cumulative sales total of 94,376 and expects to hit the 100,000 mark in the first half of the year...

2017 Isuzu D-MAX pricing and specs: Updated engine and more kit

It may not look very different, but the 2017 Isuzu D-Max ute has seen some significant changes under the skin. The most significant chance is a re-worked version of the brand’s 3.0-litre turbo diesel truck engine, which is now Euro 5 compliant. It retains the same 130kW of power but now has 430Nm of torque (from 2000-2200rpm)...

2017 Isuzu D-MAX X-Runner limited edition ute revealed

The updated 2017 Isuzu D-Max range may already have a staggering 23 variants available, but apparently there’s room for one more – the 2017 Isuzu D-Max X-Runner. This limited edition model is based on the 4x4 Isuzu D-Max model features the updated 3.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder engine with 130kW/430Nm, and it comes exclusively with the newly-developed Aisin six-speed automatic gearbox...

January Sales: Toyota HiLux edges Ranger and Colorado

Now that we’re acclimatised to the idea of a light commercial being the nation’s top-selling vehicle for a calendar year, we can watch the market with a different set of eyes. We’re only one month into 2017, but the January figures for ute sales make for interesting reading, mostly on account of the ever-growing Toyota HiLux versus Ford Ranger battle — billed by some as the new Commodore v Falcon rivalry...

Australia's key role in Mazda/Isuzu Ute deal

Australia was a key driver in Mazda’s decision to enter a joint-venture (JV) arrangement with Isuzu Ute to collaborate on the next-generation BT-50 and D-Max ute/pickup trucks, due around 2020. As announced in July, the two Japanese companies ditched existing ute JVs (Mazda with Ford, Isuzu with General Motors, which we already know plans to move upmarket with the next Colorado) and buddied up to better amortise costs...

Facelift fails: The worst styling updates of 2016

When brands update their cars, sometimes the stylists get it wrong. Facelifted models are supposed to add some flair to an existing model - to bring it up to speed with its competitors, or harden up some edges that may been looking a little limp on the original model. They can be massive, major overhauls, or nips and tucks and tweaks to minor aspects of the car's design...