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How Australia's love of V8s and utes has revived local automotive skills

Australia’s love of V8s and utes is reviving jobs and skills that many feared would be lost forever. Local car manufacturing died two years ago, but from the ashes a new industry has emerged. As sales of utes continue to hit record levels – they were the top three selling vehicles outright last month – and demand for V8s has not waned, car giants Ford and Nissan have announced partnerships with local engineering firms that will tailor imported vehicles to better suit Australian buyer tastes...

Automotive Industry Insights podcast: A 28-year insight into a Porsche dealership

This week you are joined by Mandy Turner, Trent Nikolic, and Scott Collie. Trent recently drove the Porsche Taycan and he chats about his time behind the wheel. Scott speaks to Bernie Quinn, Head of Engineering at Premcar about the Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior. The Alpina B5 Touring is in the garage this week and Scott gives us a preview of his review to come...

Car News Daily podcast: Your daily download

Plenty has happened in the world of car news over the last 24 hours. If you haven't had time to read all the news on CarAdvice.com, catch up on your way home with Car News Daily, as Mandy Turner reads each news story word-for-word...

2020 Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior: Aussie-tuned hero revealed

Australia's ute segment has continued its move upmarket, with Nissan Australia today revealing its new range-topping Navara N-Trek Warrior. Aimed at the the Toyota HiLux Rugged X, Ford Ranger Raptor and HSV SportsCat, the Warrior is a Navara N-Trek developed from the ground up with a range of off-road-ready components. "What's truly special is...

2019 Nissan Navara ‘Series 4’ pricing and specs

Nissan Australia has detailed the revised 2019 Navara ute range, headlined by the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality on select variants. The SL, ST and ST-X variants all get a new 8.0-inch ‘Alliance In-Vehicle Infotainment’ system (AIVI) which features the aforementioned smartphone mirroring software along with a new interface, AM/FM radio, USB, AUX and Bluetooth connections...

2019 Nissan Navara revealed for Europe - UPDATE

Nissan Europe has revealed the facelifted 2019 Navara ute, headlined by a revised design, upgraded suspension and increased payload. UPDATE, 11/7/19: Nissan Australia has indicated the updated Navara is currently limited to the European market. On sale now across Europe, the new Navara is backed by an industry-leading five-year/160,000km warranty in the region, and also offers an all-new six-speed manual transmission...

Nissan expands Navara production to South Africa

Nissan has announced it will commence production of the Navara at its South African factory from 2020. Joining the current NP200 and NP300 (an old-gen Navara sold in developing markets) at the Rosslyn site,  the new Navara will add an annual output of 30,000 units to the facility's existing 35,000 volume...

2019 Ford Ranger: Autonomous emergency braking standard, pressure on other utes to follow

The Ford Ranger is the first ute on sale in Australia with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection and speed sign recognition as standard across an entire range, from the cheapest tradie model to the flagship Raptor...

Who's making utes for whom?

Car companies have been sharing development costs for years, so it’s hardly shocking to see them doing the same with pickups/utes. For one, we’ve just seen Ford and Volkswagen announce the co-development of the next-generation Ranger and Amarok, due for market launch in 2022. Isuzu and Mazda are also sharing costs on the next D-Max/BT-50...

Nissan initiates Takata recall for older models

Nissan Australia has commenced its recall for various older-generation models fitted with Takata airbag inflators, in this case those fitted with 'like-for-like' replacement units. A total of 86,503 units across five model lines are affected by this notice, which includes the Navara, Maxima, Pulsar, X-Trail and Patrol built from 2001 through to 2008...

Nissan Navara AT32 and Terra ‘on the cards' for Australia

As you will have seen from our recent Moroccan adventures, CarAdvice spent some time sampling Nissan’s four-wheel drive portfolio on-road and off, tackling one section of the vast Sahara Desert. While we’re obviously familiar with Y62 Patrol, and we’ve spent time with the Titan before, two vehicles stood out as potential success stories if Nissan Australia can secure them...