Ute Reviews

RANGER REBELLION | UTE REVIEW – Ford Ranger-Will more power from a smaller capacity engine cut the mustard amongst ute buyers?

Will more power from a smaller capacity engine cut the mustard amongst ute buyers? The old adage that Aussies love their V8s is looking a bit thin these days, thanks to the demise of the V8 from the Ford and Holden shopping list. The introduction of stricter emissions controls has resulted in the cubic capacity decline amongst some of the ...

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UTE PURRFECTION | UTE REVIEW-HSV SportsCat

Brenton O’Connor and Ed Higginson find purrfect harmony in the HSV SportsCat The Brenton O’Connor viewpoint Given that dual-cab utes are far more than a load carrying workhorse with steel wheels, vinyl seats and flooring, powered by gutless four-cylinder non-turbo diesel engines, the Australian buyer has been swamped with a range of high quality options from a range of manufacturers. ...

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X-PRESS DELIVERY | Ute Review MB X-Class

Warren Caves drives the highly anticipated X-Class 350d 4MATIC. Images by Torque it Up Photography and Daimler Europe Mercedes-Benz chose the diverse landscapes and visually rich country of Slovenia for its press launch of the X-Class 350d 4MATIC, prior to it being released on sale in Australia. The beautiful scenery provided the perfect backdrop for Delivery magazine to take part ...

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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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