Author Archives: Chris Mullett

FINE TUNING

Buying a new or used ute is just the start of a process to ensure your purchase is fit for purpose When asked by readers as to which vehicle we recommend for them, our answer is always the same, it all depends what you intend to do with it. The aim of all the ute manufacturers is to provide a ...

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BANKING ON SUCCESS

It’s been a top-selling ute through seven generations, but can the HiLux retain its crown in the face of stiffer competition? As the ute of choice for countless tradies, Australians have bought over 850,000 HiLux models through its 47-year existence. Globally, the sales of HiLux have notched up over 16 million conquests since the nameplate was born in 1968, and ...

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TERRIFIC TRAFIC

Delivery Magazine reports of the long-wheelbase version of the Renault Trafic, winner of this year’s Best Medium Van of the Year. Choosing the right vehicle for fleet operations comes down to Total Cost of Operation (TCO), fitness for purpose and driver acceptance, plus manufacturer support and customer service, not necessarily in that order. It’s not that long ago that a ...

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG

Delivery finds the coil-sprung Navara NP300 has some shortcomings in the spring department It was in July last year that Delivery magazine was first introduced to the all-new Navara NP300. A drive programme through its home manufacturing base of Thailand enabled an early evaluation in the spectacular scenery of Chiang Mai where everything seemed almost perfect. These were early days ...

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DUELLING IN THE DUNES

Dave Whyte heads to Fraser Island for his first impression of Mitsubishi’s new Triton. It must be the cycle of the automotive industry, but it seems that lately most manufacturers have been busy looking for new ways to improve their offerings to the market. The idea of a facelift has given way to totally redeveloped models, whether it be in ...

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BASE JUMPING

Stuart Martin looks at the advantages of staying with the base model D-Max SX or jumping to the top-of-the-line LS-T This is almost a battle between the site supervisor’s wannabe workhorse and the sparky’s genuine toiler – Isuzu’s D-Max from both ends of the spectrum. In one corner, tipping the scales at a lean $27,400, is the D-Max, two-door, cab/chassis ...

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FASHION STATEMENT

Holden introduces its new, top of the range, Colorado Z71 pick-up There’s a new addition to the Colorado nameplate, that of the Z71 pick up, and Delivery was fortunate in being the first specialist magazine invited by Holden to complete a full test programme. Based on the MY16 Colorado LTZ 4×4 Crew-Cab pick-up, Colorado Z71 adds a long list of ...

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JOINING FORCES

With some ute manufacturers now claiming towing limits of 3500 kg, Delivery looks at the implications for safe coupling and the benefits of the Bartlett Ball When it comes to safe towing there’s a world of difference in what is legally permissible and what Delivery Magazine believes is safe and acceptable. While the marketing departments of the various ute manufacturers ...

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GENERATION SIX

Volkswagen chooses Amsterdam and an aging rock star to preview its next Transporter As VW proudly proclaims, the T series has been the number one in Germany for decades. Just why it decided to present its latest and presumably greatest product in Amsterdam, Holland, rather than at home base Hannover in Germany, is not exactly clear. Also unclear is why ...

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THE MIDDLE GROUND

Five contenders lined up for comparison in the medium-sized van of the year contest, bringing together the segment-leading Toyota HiAce to do gentle battle with the Ford Transit Custom, VW Transporter T5, Hyundai iLoad CRDi and the latest entrant, the Renault Trafic. Even the best efforts of German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz to include the all-new Vito failed at the last minute, ...

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