Ute Reviews

RAM Trucks Australia launches a cannonade of fire against the standard Aussie ute.| TRANSPORT NEWS

The Aussie ute market just got turned on its head with the impending release of the RAM 1500 Forget your tarted up Japanese utes that used to cost $18,000 and now cost upwards of three to four times that pricing structure. There’s a new player in the game and it comes down to the three letters of RAM and it ...

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STEPPING UP | UTE REVIEW – ISUZU D-MAX

Isuzu upgrades the D-MAX and MU-X to counter increased market competition – Words by Ed Higginson Isuzu continues to push to increase its popularity with several D-MAX updates coming in 2018. With strong sales for the past nine years, the Isuzu UTE Australia (IUA) team is looking for a tenth consecutive year of over 10 percent growth, which will lead ...

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THE HALO EFFECT | UTE REVIEW – Toyota HiLux Halo

Suart Martin takes time out in the up-spec models of the HiLux. The rich mix of dual-cab ute sales in Australia has prompted changes to the HiLux model line-up. A trio of new ‘Halo’ models have been installed at the top of the range, in and around the long-serving SR5 flagship and the SR model on which they are based. ...

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HOT STUFF | UTE REVIEW – FORD RAPTOR

It’s Ford in the blue corner with the Ranger Raptor as the competition hots up. With Ford well aware that its Ranger is starting to lose out in terms of sophistication and specification against some of the newcomers, the next step for the well-healed ute buyer is to embrace the blue oval in the form of the Ranger Raptor. Gone ...

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Personality Plus | UTE REVIEW – TICKFORD RANGER

The Tickford Ranger has all the trimmings – Chris Mullett reports on the personalisation process The rise in popularity of the humble tradie’s ute has turned into a fashion contest at the top of the ute spectrum, as different manufacturers add upgrades more commonly found on their prestige passenger models in a bid to satisfy the new breed of ute ...

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CHINESE WHISPERS | LDV UTE -Does the LDV T60 start to change perceptions of Chinese competitiveness

Does the LDV T60 start to change perceptions of Chinese competitiveness in the ute market? – Chris Mullett checks out the claims. If your memory extends back more than a couple of decades, you might remember the hesitation of vehicle buyers to choose a Japanese product. Personal buyer preference headed the intending purchaser to local manufacturers, but in a short ...

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CORE VALUES | UTE REVIEW -Stuart Martin evaluates the Volkswagen Amarok TD1420 8A in Core mode

Stuart Martin evaluates the Volkswagen Amarok TD1420 8A in Core mode. The updated Amarok trumpeted its arrival with an Audi-sourced V6 brute of an engine, but there’s still a four-cylinder in the Amarok pricelist, for those that look for a more practical approach to their utilitarian habits. The twin-turbodiesel four-cylinder powers the bulk of the Argentinean-built load-lugger’s range, and the ...

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COMMON GROUND | UTE REVIEW -Ford’s Ranger XLT fits the purpose for the common load carrier and weekend warrior

Ford’s Ranger XLT fits the purpose for the common load carrier and weekend warrior – Words by Brenton O’Connor, images by Geoff Parrington Had it been suggested even ten years ago that two out of every three of the best selling vehicles in Australia in 2017 were going to be dual-cab utes, the prophesy would have been dismissed as rubbish. ...

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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL | UTE REVIEW – When it comes to presence on the road, there’s nothing subliminal about the RAM 2500 Laramie

When it comes to presence on the road, there’s nothing subliminal about the RAM 2500 Laramie that Delivery Magazine is evaluating over the first 12 months of its life. No matter how nondescript the driver might aim to be during his or her travels, rest assured this is one vehicle that stands out from the crowd. With its high bonnet, ...

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HOT COMPETITION | UTE REVIEW – Chevy chases a new market

Chevy chases a new market as Holden jolts into gear to add a totally new focus to its ute brigade. It took the demise of Holden local manufacturing, plus the end of the HSV specialist vehicle operation and its switch to converting left-hand-drive RAM Trucks under the American Special Vehicles banner, to hammer home the importance of Tom Walkinshaw Racing’s ...

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