November 12, 2015

Jeep® Introduces Two New Special-edition Models at the Los Angeles Auto Show

The Los Angeles Auto Show will mark the debut of two new-for-2016, special-edition Jeep® models:  the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Night and the 2016 Jeep Wrangler Backcountry.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night blends ultimate performance with a premium black appearance that includes a unique black roof and lightweight performance wheels. To celebrate the winter season, the Jeep Wrangler Backcountry delivers snow lovers a winter-themed Jeep that will get them wherever they want to go with a host of Wrangler’s most capable off-road features.

“Jeep enthusiasts anticipate and truly appreciate special-edition models that deliver a customized Jeep SUV right from the factory,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “The Grand Cherokee SRT Night and Wrangler Backcountry both offer a distinctive appearance, while delivering an array of prominent performance and capability features.” [Read More]


October 22, 2015


Land Rover continues to broaden the wide appeal of the Discovery with the launch of two new special editions – the Landmark and the Graphite. New distinctive exterior design features to both editions enhance the fourth generation Discovery, while unique interior touches to the Landmark bring more luxury and exclusivity.

These special editions give the Discovery even greater on-road presence than ever before. Available to order from the end of October, they will be seen on the roads from January 2016 onwards. [Read More]


October 8, 2015

Nissan Patrol Nismo unveiled in the Middle East

The Nissan Patrol Nismo is the newest – and definitely the most unlikely – model to join the Japanese performance division’s ranks.

Nissan took the wraps off the biggest-ever Nismo-enhanced vehicle at a special launch event in Dubai.

The unveiling marks the introduction of the Nismo performance division to the Middle East, where the “race-inspired” Patrol will be sold alongside the GT-R Nismo and 370Z Nismo.

Nissan believes there is demand in the Middle East for a visually and mechanically enhanced version of the 2.8-tonne SUV.

The Patrol’s 5.6-litre V8 has been tuned to 319kW (up 21kW over the standard engine), while Nissan claims torque output has also been improved across more than 70 per cent of the rev range. [Read More]


September 24, 2015

2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty

Ford, America’s truck leader, today introduces the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty – the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty truck lineup ever.

“Ford Super Duty is the truck America’s hardest-working men and women trust and depend on,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “We are helping these customers build a better world by delivering a new generation of pickups that set new benchmarks in capability, performance and efficiency.”

Using advanced materials to reduce weight, 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickup truck and chassis cab feature all-new, segment-exclusive smart technology to help increase customer productivity, comfort and convenience.

“While Super Duty is America’s best-selling heavy-duty truck, we never take our leadership for granted,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development and chief technical officer. “Our team is using relentless innovation in materials, technology and Built Ford Tough engineering to deliver customers our best Super Duty yet.” [Read More]


September 15, 2015

Introducing the Nissan Gripz Concept, a Radical Sports Crossover

Debuting at the Frankfurt Motor Show on Tuesday, the Nissan Gripz Concept blends the utility and practicality of a compact crossover with the exciting performance of a sports car.

Infused with a radical design and advanced powertrain concept, the Gripz is a glimpse of future compact crossovers from the segment’s pioneer.

The Nissan Gripz Concept can handle day-to-day commutes as well as provide genuine weekend adventure, similar to a road cyclist who tackles city streets during the week and then a mountain pass on a day off.

The concept has the silhouette of a sports car with a raised ride height, but is made for even more challenging driving conditions. The result pays homage to one of Nissan’s first ‘crossovers’, the iconic Safari Rally-winning Nissan 240Z, which were re-engineered for demanding terrain conditions. [Read More]


September 3, 2015

Renault Alaskan Concept

Now that’s a surprise: Renault will unveil a pickup truck concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show which previews a global production model scheduled to launch in the first half of 2016.

While the Duster Oroch launched earlier this year is destined for South American markets, the one-tonne pickup previewed by the Alaskan concept will be built for a global audience. The production model will have similar design and dimensions with the Alaskan Concept and will offer a broad range of body types and powertrains. Renault describes it as “a high-end pick-up for business and leisure use, as well as for everyday motoring.” [Read More]


September 2, 2015

New Heart For Toyota Prado

Toyota has powered-up its market-leading LandCruiser Prado with higher levels of performance and driving enjoyment by introducing a new-generation turbo-diesel engine, improved petrol V6 and new six-speed automatic transmission.

The all-new high-torque 2.8-litre four-cylinder engine is 227cm3 smaller than the engine it replaces, yet it boosts output with up to 450Nm of torque while reducing fuel use and emissions.

Prado’s V6 petrol engine has been upgraded to produce a further 5kW of power while also lowering emissions. Both engines are Euro 5 compliant with the diesel now being fitted with a particulate filter. [Read More]


September 1, 2015

Fiat Ducato 4×4 Expedition concept unveiled

Overnight, the Italian company unveiled the Fiat Ducato 4×4 Expedition, a one-off concept that’s ready for a spot of off-the-beaten-track camping.

Based on the long-wheelbase, high-roof version of the Ducato campervan, the 4×4 Expedition made its debut at the Caravan Salon that’s currently taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Under the bonnet, the 4×4 Expedition features a 2.3-liter Multijet four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine with 112kW of power and 350Nm of torque. This motor is mated to a permanent four-wheel drive system supplied by Dangel and six-speed manual transmission. [Read More]


August 17, 2015

The All-New 2016 Toyota Tacoma Mid-Size Pickup is Ready to Rock on ... and Off-Road

The Tacoma Dynasty rolls on! Rebuilt inside and out with an all-new powertrain and enhanced suspension tuning, America’s best-selling mid-size pickup for ten years running retains its throne on the mountaintop for dirt stomping adventurers. For decades, Toyota truck owners have come to expect the toughest, most durable pickup in the segment. The all-new Tacoma carries on a legacy of off-road victories and over seven million compact and mid-size Toyota trucks sold since 1964. It is, inside and out, the best Tacoma ever.

“For more than 50 years adventure-seeking Americans have relied on Toyota trucks to take them places, on and off-road,” said Bill Fay, group vice president & general manager, Toyota Division.  “The all-new homegrown Tacoma is a tough truck designed, developed and built for lifestyles of the young and young-at-heart.” [Read More]


Partially Redesigned Land Cruiser 200 Debuts Toyota's Latest Safety and Driver Assistance Features

Launched today in Japan, the partially redesigned Land Cruiser 200 is the first model to bring Toyota's flagship active safety package, Toyota Safety Sense P, to the market. The model also debuts several cutting-edge driver assistance features, as well as a number of aesthetic updates aiming to reinforce its powerful and advanced image. Toyota is aiming for monthly sales in Japan of 250 units...

Toyota’s LC200 has been around since 2007, and now it’s time for a minor refresh. The turbodiesel LC200 gets new injectors, a new diesel particulate filter (DPF) and other revisions to bring power and torque to 200kW and 650Nm from the previous version’s 195kW and same 650Nm.  The petrol remains 227kW and 439Nm.  The bigger improvement is fuel efficiency, never an LC200 strong point but that’s now better by 8% for the diesel, down to 9.5L/100km on the combined cycle.  Compliance with ever-increasing emissions standards is likely to be the big reason for the engine change, and so it’s a struggle to do that and maintain the existing power/torque outputs...


August 13, 2015

Lexus LX 570 2016

Pebble Beach might be known for golf 51 weeks out of the year, but for one week each August, the cars take over. The Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance, which anchors Monterey Car Week, hosts some the world's most beautiful classic automobiles and is also the ideal venue to introduce a flagship premier luxury sport-utility, the 2016 Lexus LX 570. With a powerful V8, sophisticated 4WD chassis and seating for eight, the Lexus LX 570 remains one of the few luxury utility vehicles that combines sumptuous luxury with true off-road capability.

Lexus left barely any surface of the LX 570 untouched in a sweeping upgrade for 2016, with only door panels carried over from 2015. The restyled front end wears an even bolder rendition of the Lexus signature spindle grille, framed by elegant satin chrome trim and complemented by distinctive new standard LED headlights, turn signals and fog lights. The Lexus LX 570 design makeover gives it new 20-inch split 10-spoke wheels, and new available 21-inch 10-spoke wheels. The taillights and rear bumper also get a new look. [Read More]


August 4, 2015

NP300 Receives ARB’s Alloy Treatment

We are pleased to announce that Nissan’s recently released NP300 Navara is the second vehicle to receive the ARB Alloy bar treatment.

ARB’s new Alloy bar range is developed based upon utilising an alloy structure without compromising strength and reliability. To achieve the weight saving function expected of an alloy bar, ARB’s engineers have concentrated on strength through design.

Three different alloys and tempers are used in production of the ARB Alloy bar. These specific grades of alloy have been chosen to provide excellent corrosion resistance and high fatigue strength. [Read More]


August 2, 2015



THE UTE MARKET just keeps getting hotter, so does Nissan’s 2015 Navara NP300 stand a chance?

There’s sixteen or so utes on the Australian market right now, with the exact number depending on the day of the month and whether you count conversion companies.  Either which way you look at it, the market is competitive and nowhere more than in the Big Eight of, in order of sales success – Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger/ Mazda BT-50, Mitusbishi Triton, Holden Colorado/Isuzu D-Max, Nissan Navara and Volkswagen Amarok – more on that in our full analysis of the 2015 ute market.

The order of the vehicles is interesting.  The Volkswagen Amarok is last of the Big Eight despite being very well regarded by road testers, mainly because many buyers are still stuck in the dark ages and consider that only milk comes in two litres, certainly not ute engines. [Read More]


July 28, 2015

Kumho awarded top prize for futuristic all-weather tyre concept

Kumho has claimed a top design award for a futuristic tyre able to vary the position of and space between its tread blocks.

Dubbed the Kumho Maxplo, the super-low aspect ratio tyre features tread blocks that claim to have the ability to adjust their position to suit a range of weather conditions, from completely dry to snow.

Referred to as “the ultimate all-weather product”, Kumho says the tread blocks broaden in slippery on- and off-road conditions, while spikes are released to “deal with the dangers of snow and ice”. [Read More]


July 23, 2015

Nissan Navara NP300 five-star ANCAP rated

The recently launched Nissan Navara NP300 has been awarded the maximum ANCAP five-star safety rating against its latest — and toughest — 2015 testing regime.

Despite some differences in specification, all versions of the Nissan Navara (the on-sale dual-cab, as well as the king-cab and single-cab variants due to launch within the next few months) get the maximum score.

As such, it joins rival utes such as the Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50, Mitsubishi Triton in getting five stars across all variants. Other ute rivals such as the (soon-to-be-replaced) Toyota HiLux, Isuzu D-Max and Volkswagen Amarok get five stars in some body-styles, but not all. [Read More]


July 21, 2015


New Ford F-150 Limited meets the growing needs of discerning truck customers interested in exclusivity, capability and craftsmanship – those looking to differentiate themselves from buyers of other high-series trucks.

Innovation comes standard with new F-150 Limited – including SYNC® 3 with AppLink™, and class-exclusive features such as a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control, quad-beam LED headlamps, remote tailgate release and multicontour massaging front seats.

Exclusive exterior and interior design elements include raised LIMITED lettering on the hood, unique custom satin-chrome grille and tailgate, 22-inch wheels, genuine fiddleback eucalyptus, Mojave leather seating surfaces, unique instrument cluster face and laser-engraved VIN plate with production number. [Read More]


July 20, 2015

2016 Hyundai Tucson

For most of us, September 2009 doesn't seem like that long ago. We had the same president, carried Apple iPhones, and were even paying roughly the same amount for a gallon of gas. For Hyundai, though, this particular month was when everything began to change, thanks to the introduction of "fluidic sculpture" and the second-generation Tucson.

The swoopy, handsome styling introduced on the Tucson infiltrated the rest of the brand's offerings, starting with the Sonata sedan and filtering through. In the process, Hyundai raised its flag not as a manufacturer of ultra-affordable utilitarian transport, but as a company that builds fashionable, well-equipped, and high-quality cars. [Read More]


July 17, 2015

All-new Fortuner Adds Refined Style and Comfort to Off-road Capability

Yesterday, Toyota unveiled a full redesign of its Fortuner seven-seater SUV at simultaneous events in Bangkok, Thailand and Sydney, Australia.

The Hilux-based Fortuner is already renowned as a durable SUV with impressive off-road capabilities. As the nameplate approached its second generation, however, Toyota focused on creating a more distinctive, sleek and powerful design while improving performance and adding a wide variety of features to increase convenience, safety and ride comfort [Read More]


July 16, 2015

2016 Toyota Fortuner revealed

The all-new 2016 Toyota Fortuner SUV has been unveiled at simultaneous events in Thailand and Australia ahead of an October sales debut this year.

The Japanese brand’s new rugged off-road model – which is based on the new-generation Toyota HiLux – is to that ute as the Ford Everest is to the Ranger, the Isuzu MU-X to the D-Max … you get the idea. It’s a wagon, based on a ute.

Unveiling the new SUV today, Toyota Australia marketing director Tony Cramb described the exclusively seven-seat Fortuner as “an in-demand diesel alternative to the petrol-only Kluger range”...


July 13, 2015

Mitsubishi Montero Sport 2016

Amateur spy shots taken in Thailand have revealed the all-new Mitsubishi Montero Sport well ahead of its scheduled debut at the Bangkok International Grand Motor Sale that will kick off on August 1st.

The images confirm the off-roader gets a much more aerodynamic design inspired by the 2016 Outlander and the upcoming Outlander Sport, while its rear end boasts an upright hatch and vertical tail lamps that stretch from the belt line all the way down to the bumper. All told, Mitsubishi has designed the most style-focused Montero Sport ever, a move that reflects its upmarket ambitions.

The next Montero Sport is based on the L200 pickup that's sold in a number of global markets so it retains the outgoing model's rugged body-on-frame construction. Technical details are not available yet, but it will likely be offered with four-cylinder gasoline- and diesel-burning engines borrowed from the Japanese automaker's parts bin, and a V6 will be available in select markets. Buyers will be asked to choose between two- and four-wheel drive...


July 10, 2015

2016 Toyota Fortuner

The 2016 Toyota Fortuner — the company’s new-generation HiLux-based SUV — appears to have been captured sans disguise in Thailand ahead of its expected world premiere next week.

If these images — which we’ve sourced from Ferd — are legit, then it appears the Fortuner will get a sleeker set of headlights and a very different V-shaped grille, to differentiate itself from its ute sibling.

It also appears to receive a distinctive kinked windowline around the C-pillar, as well as a slim set of tail-lights and a notable roof spoiler... [Read More]


June 10, 2015

2015 Ford Ranger Wildtrak revealed

The flagship 2015 Ford Ranger Wildtrak made its world premiere in Thailand today, bringing new levels of driver assist technologies to the ute market, wrapped in trademark aggressive styling additions

The updated Wildtrak premieres a few months after the rest of the mid-life updated Ford Ranger line-up, but will arrive on Australian shores at the same time — in the third quarter of 2015.

Ford’s facelifted top-of-the-range ute gets tweaked styling that is still “inspired by tools and machinery”. There’s a bolder new trapezoid-shaped grille finished in dark grey, and grey highlights on the side mirrors, door handles, side air vents, bed rails and tail-lights. Read More