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Mark Oastler road tests and reviews the 2016 Mazda BT-50 XTR dual-cab ute with specs, fuel consumption and verdict. Rival manufacturers commit to joint creation of new models to share development costs and(hopefully) sales volumes. However, that clearly has not been the case for the now fractured...Read more
Mark Oastler road tests and reviews the 2016 Ford Transit Custom 290S SWB Van with specs, fuel consumption and verdict. Strong competition in today's LCV market is not restricted to utes. Commercial vans are also attracting the attention of major manufacturers in a segment which continues to push...Read more
Mark Oastler road tests and reviews the 2016 VFII Holden SS V Ute with specs, fuel consumption and verdict. The release of the AU Falcon ute in 1999 heralded a fundamental shift in a long standing rivalry between Ford and Holden, as it broke nearly four decades of Aussie ute tradition by separating...Read more
Mark Oastler road tests and reviews the 2016 Renault Trafic short wheelbase twin turbo van, with specs, fuel consumption and verdict. The greatest advantage of a commercial van over a ute or cab-chassis is that your load is carried securely inside a cargo bay protected from weather and theft. It...Read more
Mark Oastler road tests and reviews the 2016 Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ dual cab 4x4 auto with specs, fuel consumption and verdict. On its release in May 2015, the latest MY16 Triton failed to create much excitement. It was effectively a heavily revised and updated version of the previous version,...Read more
Mark Oastler road tests and reviews the 2016 Holden Colorado dual cab LTZ 4x4 with specs, fuel consumption and verdict. The current model RG Holden Colorado , launched in 2012, shares its rugged ladder-frame chassis, body and interior architecture with the current Isuzu D-Max , as they were...Read more
Mark Oastler road tests and reviews the 2016 Nissan Navara Dual Cab ST 4x4 with specs, fuel consumption and verdict. Nissan ’s all new NP300 Navara represents a rationalisation of the company fleet. It has replaced both the D22 and D40 model Navaras and with the impending demise of the full-size GU...Read more
Mark Oastler road tests and reviews the Isuzu D-Max SX Space Cab Chassis 4x4 with specs, fuel consumption and verdict. The local 4x4 market is dominated by Ford's Ranger and Toyota's HiLux yet other players like Isuzu's D-Max , which sell far less units per month, have plenty to offer and worthy of...Read more
Mark Oastler road tests and reviews the Ford Ranger XLS 4x4 2.2L auto dual cab ute with specs, fuel consumption and verdict. Ford Ranger buyers are spoiled for choice, with double the number of models available than its Toyota HiLux arch rival. Where Toyota offers three basic variants (Workmate, SR...Read more
A sign of how competitive Australia’s LCV market has become is that Nissan (and a few rivals) continues to offer a petrol-powered ute like the DX Single Cab 4x2 in its current NP300 range. According to the latest ABS stats the number of LCVs sold with diesel engines in Australia since 2010 has...Read more

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