13 Oct 2020

Mazda BT-50 fleet deal bolsters sales prospects

Mazda wins sales-pumping fleet deal over key rivals on the launch of its new generation BT-50. Not only has Mazda launched a far more technologically advanced ute than it has ever sold before but the Japanese brand has also landed a sizeable fleet deal shortly after launching the model to

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13 Oct 2020

Five-door Suzuki Jimny to debut next year

Longer and more practical Jimny on route to production, though doubts linger over RHD version. An all-new five-door version of the Suzuki Jimny is expected to launch in India next year. Following on from its public unveiling earlier this year at the Auto Expo 2020, the Indian Maruti Suzuki Jimny

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13 Oct 2020

All-new GWM Ute set to arrive this year

All-new dual-cab ute model to enter Australian market Q4 this year. Great Wall Motors will rebrand as GWM when it introduces an all-new dual-cab model later this year. Keeping nomenclature short, the new ute will simply be called, ‘Ute’. The new GWM Ute will be offered in three trim variants

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09 Oct 2020

2021 Mazda BT-50 XT Review

Our 2021 Mazda BT-50 XT ute review in Australia, including price, specs, interior, ride and handling, safety and score. The ute market is fascinating. The number of people curious about utes boggles my mind. My wife, who I call The Reluctant Influencer, will sometimes snap a pic of her latest

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07 Oct 2020

Lexus LX 570 J201 overland concept is great

Lexus makes an overlander out of the luxury LX570.  It’s another year, another Lexus overland project, this time the J201 Concept that will be displayed at the 10-day Rebelle Rally even in the southwest USA. And again, it’s another Lexus concept off-roader we’d love to see in Australia, but likely

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05 Oct 2020

Should the Toyota Rav4 go rugged?

Toyota Japan has revealed a toughened-up Rav4 Hybrid, but is it worth upgrading on Australia’s favourite SUV? What does it take to make the Rav4 an adventurous off-roader? Apparently 10mm higher suspension, some black alloys and all-terrain tyres. That’s the essence of the new Rav4 Adventure Off-Road model unveiled by

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01 Oct 2020

10 year warranty available on new Mitsubishis

Mitsubishi has stopped its seven-year warranty offer, now giving either five or ten years warranty depending on where you service your car, though the verdict is not out yet from the ACCC on the legalities of this situation. Moving to one of the longest warranties available (in years) in Australia,

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30 Sep 2020

Ford Bronco on route to Australia from $90,000

Want a Ford Bronco but thought you couldn’t get one? Well they will be available in right-hand drive in Australia next year, though not via official Ford channels. It seems good things will come to those who wait, with Crossover Car Conversions confirming to Practical Motoring that it will bring

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30 Sep 2020

Nissan Re-Leaf is a smart emergency EV solution

Modifying the Nissan Leaf currently on sale, the Re-Leaf is a tough emergency rebuild that can provide power to disaster areas. This is a car that would have been perfect just a few weeks ago in Melbourne. In the area where I’m located, the most severe winds I’ve ever experienced

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30 Sep 2020

Toyota reveals Hilux Mako as a Raptor rival

Forget dinosaurs, the Toyota Hilux Mako is the Japanese brand’s shark-named answer to the Ford Ranger Raptor. Toyota has shown off a lifted and unique Hilux model in New Zealand named after one of the world’s most vicious sharks, the Mako. This is the Hilux many have been waiting for.

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22 Sep 2020

Five best trick dual-cab utes for fifty-odd grand

The car market isn’t exactly brimming with action so it’s a top time to buy a ute. There are plenty of different utes on the market but here we’re looking at the top deals for tricked-up dual-cab utes on the market for between $50-60K. This eliminates pure work dogs like

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22 Sep 2020

Toyota LandCruiser 300 rumours…again

LandCruiser bingo continues as a new engine rumour (about the fifteenth on our count) enters the arena. It wouldn’t be another month without a murmur somewhere in the globe on what engine/spec/ability the new LandCruiser ‘300 Series’ has. In fact, there should not be any rumours left, as Toyota was

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22 Sep 2020

2021 Mazda BT-50 pricing and specs revealed

Mazda’s new ute is ready to battle with the best in the segment, which justifies a jump in price for the BT-50. Mazda has unveiled pricing for its all-new dual-cab ute which will be available to buy in dealers next month from October 1, and the increase in pricing over

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18 Sep 2020

New Nissan Patrol might go retro as a Bronco rival

Nissan says work is underway on a new Patrol and that it could be styled as a retro throwback, much like the popular new Ford Bronco. Nissan has confirmed it is working on the new generation Patrol and told us that it’s considering a design that includes throwbacks to the

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18 Sep 2020

Raptor-inspired Ford Ranger FX4 Max

Tough new ute joins the Ranger lineup with a unique set of towing and off-road abilities from factory. It’s official – Ford Australia has revealed the FX4 Max for Australia, a much-anticipated model that was expected to be a ‘mini-Raptor’, and it is. But it’s also more than that. This

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