Ute Reviews

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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MUSSO’S BACK ON THE BLOCK | UTE Review -SsangYong Musso

 Words and Images by Scott Murray When someone asks, “What phone do you have?” and your answer is “Sony Xperia”, the look on their face is basically the same expression I once gave a girl in high school when she said her dad had a Ssangyong Rexton. All my car mates would mock, because the brand had zero cache against ...

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Chinese Trailblazing | UTE REVIEW – LDV T60 UTE

LDV adds extra interest to its T60 ute range. – Report by Warren Caves, Images by Torque it Up.  The hotly-contested dual-cab 4×4 market has seen its fair share of contenders throughout the past few years with manufacturers all vying for their piece of this lucrative market. In such a booming sector, it comes as no surprise to see new ...

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Korean Kapability | UTE REVIEW – SsangYong Musso

SsangYong changes the ground rules with its new Musso – Chris Mullett reports  The rise of Korean auto manufacturers in a global market has now reached the stage that brands such as Hyundai and Kia are first-thought contenders at purchase time. European styling, backed by tremendous levels of reliability and product support, such as a seven-year warranty, reinforces why a ...

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Triton Ute claims mislead purchaser | TRANSPORT NEWS

MITSUBISHI Motors Australia (MMAL) has lost a claim by the owner of a Triton ute that the fuel label on his vehicle was misleading and deceptive, in a case that has implications across the industry, reports motor industry newsletter GoAutoNews. The crux of the case was that the buyer wanted better fuel economy than his 2008 Triton and that the ...

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X-Clusivity joins X-Class Line-Up | TRANSPORT NEWS – Mercedes-Benz X-Class Ute

Following the release of the new X 350 d 4MATIC X-Class model in December last year, Mercedes-Benz has announced a limited edition variant called The Edition 1. Available in three different colours, kabara black, bering white or rock grey. For the exterior parts, black is the order of the day: boasting a black centrally positioned star and twin-louvre radiator grill, ...

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