Author Archives: Chris Mullett

LIVING THE DREAM | UTE Review – RAM 1500

How does the RAM 1500 compare with the 2500 in the choice of petrol V8 versus diesel straight six?  Delivery and its sister heavy truck publication PowerTorque have been involved in analysis of the RAM Trucks model line-up since the idea of creating an official brand presence was first discussed at the headquarters of the Ateco group. With a long ...

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SHANGHAI SHOW AND TELL | TRANSPORT News

China emerges from the mist to become a significant player in the auto industry – Report by Chris Mullett  News reports mentioning trade imbalances and preferential tariff pricing are not generally topics that affect the average person. Export and import decisions are made by industry leaders or Governments, and the first the public knows about it is when a product ...

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ECONOMIES OF SCALE | Review -The rise and rise of LDV light commercials

The rise and rise of LDV light commercials – Chris Mullett reports from Shanghai, China Ten years ago, we looked at the Chinese auto industry with little enthusiasm, in much the same way as we considered the viability of Korean car manufacturing a decade earlier. Time is a great leveller, and today it is increasingly obvious that Australia can no ...

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PROGRESSIVE PROCESS | UTE REVIEW-Mercedes’ X-Class continues to appeal to the top end of town

Mercedes’ X-Class continues to appeal to the top end of town – Words by Stuart Martin Beneath the bonnet of the big Benz-badged ute finally sits a venerable V6, although more than a few wishful thinkers (the author included) half-joke about whether we’ll ever see a hotter AMG-tuned version. Hope springs eternal that they might one day shoehorn a twin-turbo ...

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CAUGHT IN TRAFIC |TRANSPORT NEWS – The latest developments in the world of LCVs from France, Japan and India

Australia’s best-selling medium-sized European van, the Renault Trafic, is gaining a new sibling as the French manufacturer rejigs its Trafic range, enabling buyers to take advantage of Government incentives for tax breaks when purchasing new equipment. Into the Renault model mix comes an 85 kW long-wheelbase variant, extending the range lengthwise from the short-wheelbase 5.2-cubic-metre version that uses the same ...

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STORM WARNING | UTE Review -Toyota HiLux Rugged

HiLux comes under increasing pressure from the latest competition – Words by Stuart Martin Toyota has built its brand around a strong reputation for reliability, workhorse muscle and off-road prowess; but its success has also made it a rather large target for rivals in recent years. The launch of its Halo trio last year improved its market offering as the ...

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FLIGHT OF FANCY | UTE Review -Raptor – A dromaeosaurid dinosaur, or an intriguing option from the Blue Oval?

Raptor – A dromaeosaurid dinosaur, or an intriguing option from the Blue Oval? Words by Stuart Martin.  For tradies who don’t find a Ranger aggressive enough, Ford has the model for you. If you need to get to a cross-country job in a hurry, the Ranger Raptor can handle the terrain and look good while doing it.  Just don’t expect ...

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MUSSO’S BACK ON THE BLOCK | UTE Review -SsangYong Musso

 Words and Images by Scott Murray When someone asks, “What phone do you have?” and your answer is “Sony Xperia”, the look on their face is basically the same expression I once gave a girl in high school when she said her dad had a Ssangyong Rexton. All my car mates would mock, because the brand had zero cache against ...

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TAXING TIMES | TRANSPORT NEWS -Neil Dowling investigates the gains and the losses of Fringe Benefit Tax

Neil Dowling investigates the gains and the losses of Fringe Benefit Tax So, you expect your new ute in the driveway enables you to claim exemption from Fringe Benefit Tax? That might have been the situation when utes easily carried one-tonne payloads and tools for the tradie. But times, and definitions, are changing.  Understanding the complexity of Fringe Benefit Tax ...

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THE FRENCH RECONNECTION – VAN Review : Peugeot returns to the Australian LCV market

 Peugeot returns to the Australian LCV market By Richard Robertson The combined entity of French brands Peugeot and Citroen has always been a niche player in Australia, even though Citroen celebrates its centenary here this year. From peak sales figures of close to 13,000 in 2007, combined brand sales dwindled to just over 4000 in 2016 and the following year, ...

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