Author Archives: Chris Mullett

TRADE COUNTER

The base model BT-50 gives Mazda a great start in the ute market As the competition continues to increase throughout the ute market, Delivery has recently been returning to grass roots and evaluating the most basic model in the Mazda BT-50 range. The 4×2 single-cab/chassis XT is where it all starts for Mazda, with the four-cylinder, 2.2-litre, diesel engine, a ...

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THE ARTFUL DODGER

All American and ready to roll for lovers of Yankee Utes If your decisions on what to buy next as your form of transport hinge on appearance over sophistication, then you can’t go far wrong if you consider a Dodge Ram parked in your driveway. Well, whether it’s a Dodge Ram or just a RAM truck seems to be a ...

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MOVING FORWARDS

The quest for global leadership may take a little longer to achieve, but Volkswagen has the intent and the ability – Chris Mullett reports The world of social media and instant communication has spawned an amazing number of overnight experts, each convinced their own blog or website has significant, if not awe-inspiring influence and authority. The reality of this access ...

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THE NEW BROOM

Toyota sharpens up its HiLux range in the hope of maintaining market leadership There’s no doubting the past successes of the HiLux as it provided the staple diet of ute and cab/chassis alternatives for countless numbers of Australian tradies. In some months, not only was it the leading performer in the ute segment, it also held its own as the ...

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MASTERFUL

Renault’s big van offers convenience and versatility As more large van options arrive on our shores, it pays to look at how they can change the landscape of our typical pick up and delivery (PUD) fleets. There are benefits that come with a large van, as entry is only a one or two step up from the kerb, but there ...

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IN THE FAMILY WAY

Dave Whyte finds the Renault Kangoo Maxi Crew can hold is own in any family Since the release of the updated models last year, the Renault Kangoo range has proven a hit. As you may remember, I reported on two models – the Kangoo SWB and the Kangoo Maxi – just after their release, and was pleasantly surprised. Since that ...

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THE TOP OF THE LINE

Stuart Martin drives the first of Nissan’s new Navara range, the ST-X High hopes are held for the incoming Navara – both by fans of the breed and those within the halls of Nissan Australia. It has been a long time coming and the light-commercial utility segment is one of growing volume and growing competition – Ford, Volkswagen and Toyota ...

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TRITON GATHERS PACE

Mitsubishi grows its product range with careful selection to meet all interests With all the heritage of off-road racing successes through the years, competing in events such as the Paris-Dakar Rally and, more locally, the Australian Safari Rallies, Mitsubishi has a huge storehouse of knowledge when it comes to its ute performance. Not surprisingly, this heritage is still obvious when ...

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HIGH CLASS

The new Mercedes-Benz V-Class takes people-moving to a new level Back in September of last year Delivery Magazine caught the first drive of the all-new V-Class in the spectacular countryside of the Alsace region of France, a full 12 months before it arrived on these shores. Now, with the blessing of the Mercedes-Benz car division, V-Class can now be found ...

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STAR GAZING

It’s the key to better fuel efficiency for Mercedes-Benz, but for Australian operators of light commercials the prospect of AdBlue is a new concept. Welcome to the world of Euro 6 emissions legislation, where the global pollution levels caused by motor vehicles take a significant drop and all of us can breathe more easily, at least in theory. Australia has ...

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