Author Archives: Chris Mullett

RAM Trucks Australia launches a cannonade of fire against the standard Aussie ute.| TRANSPORT NEWS

The Aussie ute market just got turned on its head with the impending release of the RAM 1500 Forget your tarted up Japanese utes that used to cost $18,000 and now cost upwards of three to four times that pricing structure. There’s a new player in the game and it comes down to the three letters of RAM and it ...

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STEPPING UP | UTE REVIEW – ISUZU D-MAX

Isuzu upgrades the D-MAX and MU-X to counter increased market competition – Words by Ed Higginson Isuzu continues to push to increase its popularity with several D-MAX updates coming in 2018. With strong sales for the past nine years, the Isuzu UTE Australia (IUA) team is looking for a tenth consecutive year of over 10 percent growth, which will lead ...

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THE HALO EFFECT | UTE REVIEW – Toyota HiLux Halo

Suart Martin takes time out in the up-spec models of the HiLux. The rich mix of dual-cab ute sales in Australia has prompted changes to the HiLux model line-up. A trio of new ‘Halo’ models have been installed at the top of the range, in and around the long-serving SR5 flagship and the SR model on which they are based. ...

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Victoria’s Kingston Garage takes out Shell’s global Retailer of the Year award in an Australian first |TRANSPORT NEWS

Kingston Garage, located in Heatherton, south east of Melbourne, has been awarded Shell’s highest accolade, Global Single Site Retailer of the Year 2017, at a recent awards ceremony in Dubai UAE. The garage, a Shell fuels retailer for over 50 years, is the first Australian site to win this prestigious award after successfully fending off fierce competition from 8,370 sites ...

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New IVECO Daily for Mother’s Day | TRANSPORT NEWS

Mother’s Day gifts don’t get much better than a new IVECO Daily van, and for charity ‘St Kilda Mums’, the arrival of a new 9m³ Daily 35S was the perfect present for hundreds of mums who will benefit from faster and more efficient deliveries of much needed goods. Based in the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda but servicing all areas ...

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Renault’s 2018-spec Trafic Formula Edition | TRANSPORT NEWS

Renault returns its Trafic Formula Edition to the Australian market from May onwards, with 125 examples landing at Renault dealers across the country. Due to the success of the 2017 editions selling out with a speed similar to a Renault Sport F1 pitstop, Renault Australia has ordered additional supplies this year, with the 2018 Formula Edition available in Storm Grey or ...

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Wards get their Daily indulgence | TRANSPORT NEWS

As distributors of natural food products, Ian Ward and his wife Linda of ‘Earthly Indulgence’ spend long hours on the road each day delivering a range of goods to supermarkets, cafes, health food shops, chemists and fitness and well-being centres. Such is the workload that the couple have equipped their 12m³ IVECO Daily 50C van as a mobile office, this ...

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More grunt for Amarok | TRANSPORT NEWS

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Australia has confirmed an engine upgrade for the Amarok with a new EU6 190kW/200kW on overboost tune of its V6 engine heading to Australia in the third quarter of 2018.  The current EU5 V6 engine offered in the Amarok produces 180kW on overboost, and 550Nm of torque.The new, higher output Amarok will be first available in ...

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HOT STUFF | UTE REVIEW – FORD RAPTOR

It’s Ford in the blue corner with the Ranger Raptor as the competition hots up. With Ford well aware that its Ranger is starting to lose out in terms of sophistication and specification against some of the newcomers, the next step for the well-healed ute buyer is to embrace the blue oval in the form of the Ranger Raptor. Gone ...

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Personality Plus | UTE REVIEW – TICKFORD RANGER

The Tickford Ranger has all the trimmings – Chris Mullett reports on the personalisation process The rise in popularity of the humble tradie’s ute has turned into a fashion contest at the top of the ute spectrum, as different manufacturers add upgrades more commonly found on their prestige passenger models in a bid to satisfy the new breed of ute ...

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