Ute Reviews

NISSAN scores a Slam Dunk in the ute stakes | TRANSPORT NEWS

Nissan Australia has slammed back into contention for ute buyers by simplifying the whole process of purchasing a highly customised ute that’s more capable, more comprehensive and more attractive, plus it’s all inclusive of a five-year factory backed warranty.  Realising just how much personalisation takes place with buyers in the ute segment, Nissan engineers led by LCV product manager Matt ...

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D-MAX Dependability | Neil Dowling reviews the Isuzu D-Max LS-T 4×4

Neil Dowling reviews the Isuzu D-Max LS-T 4×4 In 2018, Isuzu’s two models – D-Max ute and MU-X SUV – outsold all the models each from BMW and Audi. That’s two models versus, respectively, 19 and 15 models. Last year, 27,640 sales were made by Isuzu. By comparison, there were 23,055 to BMW and Audi trailing with 19,416 sales. In ...

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High Riding with the D-MAX | UTE REVIEW – Isuzu D-Max 4×2 Single Cab

The SX 4×2 Single Cab tray back is the focus for tradies. Review by Ed Higginson. When you need a genuine workhorse, Isuzu’s D-Max range is a great place to start and to make tax time a little more enjoyable, Isuzu has dropped its prices considerably so the entry-level SX 4×2 single cab now fits nicely within the ATO’s $30,000 ...

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RAISING THE BAR | UTE Review – Toyota HiLux

Hilux adds to its safety systems and sharpens its appeal.  It’s Australia’s top selling vehicle and Toyota Australia has every intention of keeping the model at the forefront of the buyer thought process to maintain its market leadership. With this in mind, the Japanese manufacturer has introduced a range of benefits for Hilux buyers, with the addition of Toyota Safety ...

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POWER DRESSING | UTE Review – Mercedes-Benz X-Class

The X-Class brings upper level ride and handling sophistication to the tradie –A first opinion by Warren Caves, Images by Torque it Up.  When I arrived in the Sydney press garage to pick up my latest test drive vehicle, there were two models from the Mercedes -Benz stable ready and waiting for me, a Sprinter Van and an X-Class V6 ...

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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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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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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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