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The Ford Transit Custom Sport 320L double cab in van (DCiV) has a load space, but also a total of five seats inside (two upfront and three in the second row). But how does it perform with a decent load onboard? Read on. Read more about the Ford Transit 2020 review: 350L LWB FWD Van GVM test Explore...Read more
In MY21 guise, the D23 Nissan Navara features fresh styling, big increases in standard safety, minimum one-tonne payload ratings, increased load tub volume across all dual cab variants and a model range simplified to four key grades. Those comprise SL, ST, ST-X and the new top-shelf PRO-4X, which...Read more
Iveco’s Daily commercial range of vans and cab-chassis has been around since 1978 and in that time the Italian manufacturer has sold more than three million of them across the globe, in both LHD and RHD markets. In 2021, after more than four decades and six model generations, Iveco continues this...Read more
The Ford Transit van has cemented its reputation as a go-to work van for small businesses and company fleets, and the Custom Sport variant adds to that rep. In 320S* panel van guise it’s a nice-looking short-wheelbase van obviously set up for work duties, but offering enhanced drivability. (* In...Read more
In 2021 the sixth-generation HiAce continues Toyota’s long-standing dominance of Australia’s mid-sized (2.5-3.5 tonne GVM) commercial van market, which is not surprising given the breed's hard-earned reputation for build quality and rugged dependability since its inception more than half a century...Read more
The Mercedes-Benz Vito van range has this year benefited from safety and multi-media upgrades, as well as design alterations, which are aimed at making these work vehicles even more appealing to buyers in what is a hotly contested market. But those improvements have brought a price increase across...Read more
Crew vans offer alternatives to dual cab utes and heavy-duty wagons for work or play, if you’re prepared to trade rugged looks and off-road prowess for the ability to carry up to five or six occupants in more spacious comfort with unmatched internal load volume. Numerous manufacturers offer a...Read more
The NP300 Nissan Navara (aka D23) has been on sale in Australia since 2015 and although it has never posed a threat to the dominant Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger in 4x4 ute sales, it has benefitted from gradual styling and engineering refinements. In MY21 guise, the Navara has a bold new look,...Read more
The VW Transporter has been in production for more than 70 years, as its bloodline can be traced back to the original rear-engine split-window ‘Kombi’ launched in 1950. So, during those seven decades, the German manufacturer has no doubt learned a thing or ten about building light commercial vans...Read more
You want a Ford Ranger Raptor, but you can’t quite justify the extra expense. You want a Ford Ranger Raptor, but you need more towing capacity . You want a Ford Ranger Raptor, but you need better payload capability . You need to take a look at the 2021 Ford Ranger FX4 Max , which takes some of the...Read more
Back in the 1960s and ‘70s, Japanese automotive brands started to get a stranglehold on the Australian market because they combined good design with lots of standard features at prices most Aussies could afford. They were followed by the South Koreans in the 1980s and '90s. Ironically, many of...Read more
There are currently 14 rivals competing for customers in the Light Duty or LD (3501-8000kg GVM) segment of Australia’s heavy commercial vehicle market. Business buyers and fleet operators are thick on the ground here and competition for their business is fierce. Chinese brand LDV , a division of...Read more
Mazda’s release of its all-new BT-50 dual cab ute in September 2020 was followed in November by single cab and extended cab (aka Freestyle Cab) variants. Like their dual cab siblings, these work-focused commercials share mechanical underpinnings with the latest Isuzu D-Max range from which the BT-...Read more
The Ducato originated in 1981 through a joint venture between Fiat and PSA Peugeot-Citroen, which are both now part of the recently formed Stellantis conglomerate. The Ducato has evolved through four decades and several generations, with more than 2.6 million sold in a variety of body styles (...Read more
A single-cab chassis is about the purest form of ute you can get. Traditionally, they were purpose-built for work, and work only, with very few concessions, if any, to comfort or safety. Well, times sure have changed and the days of assuming that driving a single-cab chassis ute for any length of...Read more
Although Mitsubishi has increased prices across the board for its Triton fleet in 2021, the popular Japanese ute continues to represent excellent value for money. It also remains firmly entrenched in a solid third place in the local 4x4 ute sales race, behind the Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux. The...Read more
The Ford Transit Custom DCiV is a commercial van, purpose-built for long work days and for clocking up lots of kilometres with a load onboard. But, as well as its load space, the DCiV (double cab in van) has six seats inside, so it has cargo- and passenger-carrying capability. So, is it worth your...Read more
Mazda used to do pretty good business in the entry-level ute segment, with single cab-chassis versions of the BT-50 often accounting for a decent lump of the brand’s sales mix. There are still buyers out there who want a work-ready single-cab ute like this XT cab-chassis tray back table-top model,...Read more
Toyota Australia’s freshly facelifted HiLux range offers not only the usual base-grade Workmate 4x4 dual cab-chassis but also mid-grade SR and high-grade SR5/SR5+ variants for the first time. This is in response to increasing demand for a cab-chassis HiLux that provides the higher equipment levels...Read more
Isuzu has invested more than four million kilometres and six years of development in creating the all-new third-generation of its D-Max ute. And feedback from the Australian market had significant influence in its design, given that Australia is the D-Max’s largest global export market behind...Read more