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Ford launches '2nd Car' for Australian buyers
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Ford launches '2nd Car' for Australian buyers

Ford Australia has launched a new '2nd Car' program for Ranger and Escape customers, giving access to a Mustang for up to two weeks. The program won't be offered at all dealerships, and it's not available to all drivers: you need to be fully-licensed and 25 or older to drive the rear-drive Pony Car...


2019 Ford Ranger pricing and specs
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2019 Ford Ranger pricing and specs

Ford Australia has announced local pricing and specifications for the updated 2019 Ranger ute, with the refreshed range to kick off at $27,990 before on-road costs. While the upgrades announced last week focus mainly on the high-spec variants – which Ford tells us make up the majority of Ranger sales – there are changes, big and small, across all trim levels...


2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged review
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2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged review

The Toyota HiLux Rugged is an attempt to tap into the lucrative accessory market in a more holistic way. This factory-backed SR derivative serves as a hardcore halo, and shows off what TMC's Australian engineers and designers can do when given something to sink their teeth into.


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. To make sure you haven’t missed anything important, we’ve gathered what we reckon are the hottest news stories from this week, right here...


2019 Ford Everest revealed, here in September – UPDATE
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2019 Ford Everest revealed, here in September – UPDATE

Update (25/5/18): Ford Australia has confirmed the updated Everest will arrive in September alongside the new Ranger. The updated 2019 Ford Everest has been revealed and detailed this week, ahead of an Australian launch in September. Following the related Ranger ute, the refreshed Everest line-up is headlined by the availability of a new 2...


2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class 250d Progressive review
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class 250d Progressive review

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class brings a new level of badge cachet to the dual-cab ute market. It's very refined and sports a great cabin design, but is not without its flaws.


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...


VFACTS: April 2018 new vehicle sales
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VFACTS: April 2018 new vehicle sales

Australia’s new vehicle market cooled off in April after a record first-quarter to the calendar year, with the industry’s VFACTS figures reporting 82,930 cars and trucks sold, down 0.2 per cent over the same month last year. One-third of the way into the sales year, the market tally sits at 374,468 units, up 3.3 per cent over 2017’s all-time record figure...


2018 Isuzu D-Max LS-T review
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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.


Ute mega test: How do the tubs stack up?
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Ute mega test: How do the tubs stack up?

They’re more likely to carry dirty nappies and road bikes than a bale of hay, but all eight of the cars on our 2018 dual-cab mega test are, you know, dual-cab utes. That means they still need to be fit for hard work. Has the transition to a life of luxury undermined the inherent practicality of these one-time work vehicles? Here’s a look at how the tray on each stacks up...


Ute mega test: Bluetooth comparison
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Ute mega test: Bluetooth comparison

In such a competitive segment, there can be a lot to take in when purchasing your next ute. As a result, Bluetooth user-friendliness and quality often gets overlooked, but generally, it is one of the most used features for drivers - especially tradies - as a lot of business calls are conducted while on the move...


Ford Ranger Raptor pricing announced – UPDATE
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Ford Ranger Raptor pricing announced – UPDATE

Update (25/5/18): The Ranger Raptor has been confirmed for a September launch. 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...


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...


Ford details 2020 product onslaught: Bronco and more
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Ford details 2020 product onslaught: Bronco and more

Ford has detailed its upcoming product rollout – for the United States, at least – which will focus on the SUV and pickup segments. The Blue Oval says will replace "more than 75 per cent" of its current portfolio by 2020, while also adding four new trucks and SUVs. Additionally, the company will commence the rollout of hybrid and electric variants of existing models form 2020...


Ford Ranger, Econovan, Courier added to Takata recall
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Ford Ranger, Econovan, Courier added to Takata recall

Ford has recalled the 2004-06 Courier, 2004-05 Econovan and 2006-11 Ranger as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign. According to the Ford, all the vehicles involved in the recall are fitted with the less dangerous 'Beta' inflators. If affected vehicles are involved in an accident and the airbag is activated, the driver and passenger inflators could rupture, causing metal fragments to shoot into the cabin...


Poll: 2018 Ford Ranger Raptor has its work cut out to win over the power-hungry
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Poll: 2018 Ford Ranger Raptor has its work cut out to win over the power-hungry

Ford's tough new Ranger Raptor has some hard yards ahead of it, if our latest poll is anything to go by. Revealed earlier this month, the Raptor debuts as the new hero model in Ford's popular Ranger line-up, more than two years after we first spied an early prototype in local testing...


2018 Ford Ranger Raptor revealed – UPDATE
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2018 Ford Ranger Raptor revealed – UPDATE

Update (25/5/18): Ford Australia has confirmed the Ranger Raptor will arrive in September alongside the wider MY19 line-up. The 2018 Ford Ranger Raptor has been revealed in Thailand, ahead of an Australian launch in September...


2018 Ford Ranger Raptor teased
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2018 Ford Ranger Raptor teased

Ford has teased the hotly-anticipated Ranger Raptor again, ahead of its full debut on February 7. As with previous teasers, there's no new information about what will power the high-riding Ranger. Instead, we've been treated to footage of the Ford tackling dusty trails, river crossings, rocky climbs and, as you might expect, jumps...


Great Wall ponders Haval pickup, spending to tackle Ranger
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Great Wall ponders Haval pickup, spending to tackle Ranger

Great Wall’s Australian reboot under a new in-house distributor hasn’t exactly been a smash success, with the two-star ANCAP-rated Steed managing just 0.2 per cent ute market share in 2017 and netting about one-tenth of its internal target...


Ford 'bemused' that Edge SUV nameplate off-limits in Australia
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Ford 'bemused' that Edge SUV nameplate off-limits in Australia

Ford’s regional boss says he felt “bemused” that Toyota wouldn’t allow it to use the Edge nameplate in Australia on its forthcoming large SUV — a decision that forced the Blue Oval into inventing the ‘Endura’ badge just for our market. The Ford Endura is on track to arrive in the fourth quarter of this year, where it’ll sit between the smaller Escape and the more off-road-focused Everest...