Ute Reviews

RAMBO DELIVERY – Is the RAM 2500 the aspirational ute for tradies? | UTE REVIEW

Is the RAM 2500 the aspirational ute for tradies? Chris Mullett finds the answer. Weighing in at 3820 kg with a full tank for fuel, the RAM is no shrinking violet. It oozes its self-confidence on the road by outshadowing everything around it that’s not actually a full-sized truck, with the height of its bonnet equalling the roofline of most ...

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LIVING THE LIFE -Mazda’s BT-50 has never been the quiet achiever | UTE REVIEW

Mazda’s BT-50 has never been the quiet achiever it hoped, basking in the shadow of Ford, as Stuart Martin reports.  Living life as the Mazda BT-50 must be something akin to being the 5th Beatle or Keith Moon’s replacement with The Who (it was Kenney Jones from Small Faces, in case you didn’t know). None are bad performers but success ...

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WORKHORSE or WEEKEND WARRIOR | UTE REVIEW- FOTON TUNLAND

Chris Mullett and Rob Randazzo spend a week in two Foton Tunland 4×4 utes – one a base model, and the other fully-optioned. It’s a sad reality that even the current breeds of much-improved Chinese light commercials coming into our market still have to fight to get prospective buyers to even test drive their products. Some developed this attitude after ...

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The RAM Report | REVIEW – RAM Truck

Since its launch as a standalone division of Fiat Chrysler Australia (FCA) in 2009, the RAM Truck brand has steadily emerged as an ideal solution for Australians needing a vehicle with high capacity towing abilities that combines high torque availability with the stability and safety not available from smaller capacity vehicles. The RAM 2500 and 3500 models are distributed in ...

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RAMBO Delivery | UTE Review

Is the RAM 2500 the aspirational ute for tradies? Chris Mullett finds the answer. Weighing in at 3820 kg with a full tank for fuel, the RAM is no shrinking violet. It oozes its self-confidence on the road by outshadowing everything around it that’s not actually a full-sized truck, with the height of its bonnet equalling the roofline of most ...

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The Humble HiLux | REVIEW Toyota Hilux

HiLux now has a fight on its hands to maintain its first ranking in the face of stiff competition – words by Stuart Martin. Oh what a feeling! Well almost. Once it was the HiLux first and daylight second, much like Toyota’s lead in the new vehicle sales race. But the competitiveness of the light commercial vehicle segment has caught ...

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SECONDS THOUGHTS | Review Holden Colorado LTZ

It’s taken its time to gain its credentials, but the latest Colorado is a different beast from the early versions – report by Stuart Martin. STARTING behind the eight ball has never been better demonstrated than by Holden’s Colorado. It was a long way off the pace and underdone when it arrived to replace the outgoing machine, shared with Isuzu, ...

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Colorado Country | Review Holden Colorado

Holden has worked hard to improve the Colorado, and the latest version is undoubtedly its best yet – Words by Chris Mullett It’s highly reassuring, though not necessarily a regular occurrence, when you find senior management of a vehicle manufacturer that is genuinely enthusiastic about its products. It certainly used to be the case that anyone working in the car ...

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SADDLES SORE | REVIEW Great Wall Steed

Steed manages a slow walk rather than a canter, as Great Wall tries for round two – Words by Stuart Martin.  The return of Great Wall with its renamed ute – the Steed – boosts the models available in the lower end of the market, but drivers will need spurs to make rapid progress. The newly renamed dual-cab ute has ...

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PUMPED AND PRIMED ISUZU D-MAX | Review

D-MAX enters 2017 with more torque, higher spec and a strong future As the second largest ute market in the world, beaten only by Thailand, Australia gets the attention of the global vehicle manufacturers and sets standards that eventually flow on to products developed for distribution to other parts of the globe. That’s certainly the case when it comes to ...

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