Author Archives: Chris Mullett

New Narva OE style push button switches combine practicality with factory finish

It’s now easier to achieve a clean factory finish following the launch of Narva’s new range of OE-style push button switches, which are designed to fit into a vehicle spare switch space without needing to cut into the dash. Providing a professional OE appearance, the buttons feature laser etched L.E.D symbols with backlit blue illumination, and are available for a ...

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Narva launches 5 ¾ ” L.E.D Headlamp Inserts | Transport news

Big Light with modern looks !  Narva is giving owners of older vehicles a way of dramatically increasing their light output, while also lifting vehicle appearance with the release of new 5 ¾” L.E.D Headlamp Inserts. The inserts are a direct replacement for halogen inserts and come with a H4 connector, making them easy to retrofit to a wide range ...

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Two new models added to Narva’s revolutionary ‘Explora’ L.E.D Light Bar Range

Building on its initial 14” single row Explora bar, Narva is now offering a further two models for customers requiring even more light but still seeking the original Explora Light Bar’s sleek and slimline design. The new 22” single row bar (Part No. 72274) is equipped with 18 x 5W high-powered L.E.Ds, producing an impressive 3,589 Lumens and 1 lux ...

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FORD FIASCO | Company Review – FORD

Can Ford regain lost ground with Transit? – Words by Chris Mullett Recent history shows that Ford Motor Company has been incapable of performing even basic marketing activities when it comes to presenting its light commercial range to the Australian buyer. Despite producing excellent products such as the Ford Transit Custom and Transit standard van that rank competitively against all-comers ...

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WORK AND PLAY | VAN REVIEW – Renault Trafic

Renault’s Trafic Crew blends business and pleasure – Words by Warren Caves, Images by Torque it Up.  The European assault on the hotly contested, 1.0- to 3.5-tonne van market continues to gain traction, with the likes of Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, Fiat and Renault all taking firm swipes at traditional Australian consumer choices, Toyota’s HiAce and Hyundai’s i-Load. If you move ...

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RANGER Bi-Turbo | Ute Review -Ford Ranger

Ford proves two turbos are better than one – Words by Stuart Martin In a segment awash with four-cylinder turbo-diesels, the arrival of the new Ford Ranger with an in-line five-cylinder turbo-diesel was a welcome change in 2011. This venerable five-cylinder has served well in the Ranger, which ranks consistently at the top of Ford’s sales chart, thousands of units ...

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READY TO WORK | FUSO-Fuso is geared up to start work with pre-bodied options

Warren Caves finds that Fuso is geared up to start work with pre-bodied options. Fuso plans to help customers to “hit the ground running “with its Built Ready range of pre-bodied trucks, centred around its hard-working Canter and larger Fighter models. As dependable as a pair of old boots, Fuso’s Canter range has been a common sight on Australian roads ...

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I came, I Saw, I Ventured | UTE Review -Trekking in the Blue Mountains with the I-Venture Club

Trekking in the Blue Mountains with the I-Venture Club. Isuzu D-MAX ute and MU-X buyers are special. So special in fact that Isuzu Ute Australia runs a special fun-filled escape adventure in different areas of the country where owners gain expert tuition in how to get the best from their vehicles when travelling off the bitumen. Isuzu’s determination to provide ...

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CHINA CALLING | Van Review – LDV

Competitive pricing helps LDV to  more than double its market share. Chinese van maker LDV flew under the radar in 2018, quietly growing its market share and producing a growth rate to the end of November of 145 percent (source: VFACTS). Sales increased from 2017 to the corresponding 11-month period of 2018 from 2315 to 5679 vehicles, represented by the ...

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MOVING THE GOAL POSTS | Ute Review – Mercedes-Benz X-Class Ute

The Mercedes-Benz X350d sets an interesting challenge for the Japanese – Words and Images by Brenton O’Connor. Much anticipation has surrounded the new V6-powered variant of Mercedes-Benz’s attention-grabbing ute, the X350d V6. Following the initial launch in early 2017 of the four-cylinder-powered  X220d and X250d featuring Nissan-derived engines and transmissions, the X350d is regarded by purists as the ‘true’ Mercedes ...

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