Ute Reviews

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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HILUX IN REVIEW | UTE REVIEW Toyota HiLux

HiLux retains its top ranking position through readjusting its marketing strategy and realigning its model range as it approaches its half-century. As pricing for the top level ute models in the Australian market heads towards the $100,000 mark and beyond, the HiLux has been hanging on to market leadership, despite not being able to supply the upper spec trim and ...

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THE FORCE AWAKES | REVIEW UTE – Mercedes-Benz X-Class Ute

Mercedes-Benz moves into the ute market, and, in doing so, it changes all the ground rules – words by Chris Mullett  It was five years in the making, but as it enters the Australian market in April of 2018 the X-Class will set totally new limits of ability that currently are not matched by any of its competitors. Placing a ...

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Mahindra – 2018 Genio Euro 5 Diesel | TRANSPORT NEWS

Here’s to taking the hard out of hard work It is hard to beat value for money and it is hard to beat good quality for a price, but when you combine both in equal measure what you get is a package that is celebrated for its easy approach to work, with additional capability up its sleeve That is what ...

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