Ready to take on the toughest Aussie terrains, Mazda has released the New Look BT-50 exclusive to Australia. Designed and developed locally, the New Look BT-50 is purpose built for Australians looking for a tough ute that will tackle everything from the daily grind to off road adventures.

With major front-end design changes and added equipment across grades, this is the second and most comprehensive update to the Mazda BT-50 since its launch in 2011. The New Look BT-50 boasts a bold new bumper and grille to achieve a stronger road stance. 

Sharpening up the bumper, the outer edges have been squared off to give the ute a lower visual centre of gravity and a more solid bearing on the road. Strong, straight lines are carried through to new fog light surrounds and a large trapezoid lower air intake with skid plate, accented with mesh texture and a 3-dimensional insert for greater contrast. 

Further impressing a wide stance, the grille has also adopted horizontal lines, punctuated by a prominent Mazda badge. XTR and GT grades will have premium chrome grille fins, paired with a dark grey lower bumper insert, while XT will have satin black grille fins and black bumper insert. 

The front-end changes are bolstered by equipment upgrades across the range, which includes an exciting first for Mazda, the introduction of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto across all grades. 

The flagship GT will take another step up in class, offering more convenience and design differentiation as standard. The GT adds a chrome Sports Bar with integrated high-mounted LED stop light, a heavy-duty tub liner to protect the tub and tailgate from scuffs and dents, tailgate central locking to safely secure gear in the tray and a single 12 volt auxiliary socket and light to aid visibility in the tub.

The XT will see the biggest changes with the addition of a Reverse Camera to improve rear vision and a 7-inch Alpine Infotainment System to keep drivers connected to the world around them.

Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi, said the Australian-only BT-50 is an important step in the vehicle’s evolution.

“The BT-50 has already won fans in Australia, offering safety, comfort, performance and answering customer’s practical needs with great towing power and payload,” said Bhindi. 

“We know Australian customers want all this and a tough looking exterior, so we heeded demand and worked with local engineers to refresh the front-end and toughen up the BT-50.”

“The utility segment is a huge priority in Australia and for Mazda; we’re always looking to improve and enhance our product offering, to remain competitive and appealing to our customers,” said Mr Bhindi.

Making the BT-50 an even more enticing package, drivers will see ownership costs reduced, with servicing intervals updated from 10,000km/12 months to 15,000km/12 months.

Based on a 15,000km/12 month interval, this will save owners of the New-Look Mazda BT-50 more than $850 at the five year service mark. When looking at real-world Mazda owner mileage of 25,000km per annum, there is a potential saving of $1920 after five years.

The potential for cost savings is boosted with driveaway pricing on all New-Look Mazda BT-50 models, starting from $28,990.  

The BT-50 will go on sale across Australia in May. To learn more about the New Look BT-50 or to find your local Mazda dealer, visit www.mazda.com.au.

Servicing


15,000km p/a

Interval

2 Years

3 Years

5 Years

Previous model

10k / 12 mth

$        1,414

 $        2,052

 $        3,537

New-Look Mazda BT-50

15k / 12mth

$        1,091

 $        1,522

 $        2,683

 

Improvement

$           323

 $           530

 $           854

Pricing


4x2

 

Model

Driveaway price

6M 2.2L SINGLE C/CH XT 4X2

$28,990

6A 2.2L SINGLE C/CH XT 4X2

$32,205

6M 3.2L SINGLE C/CH XT 4X2

$32,205

6M 3.2L FREESTYLE C/CH XT 4X2

$34,490

6A 3.2L FREESTYLE C/CH XT 4X2

$36,490

6M 3.2L DUAL C/CH XT 4X2

$36,198

6M 3.2L DUAL CAB UTILITY XT 4X2

$35,990

6A 3.2L DUAL CAB UTILITY XT 4X2

$37,990

6M 3.2L DUAL CAB UTILITY XTR 4X2

$39,990

6A 3.2L DUAL CAB UTILITY XTR 4X2

$41,990

4x4

 

Model

Driveaway price

6M 3.2L SINGLE C/CH XT 4X4

$37,990

6A 3.2L SINGLE C/CH XT 4X4

$39,990

6M 3.2L FREESTYLE C/CH XT 4X4

$40,490

6A 3.2L FREESTYLE C/CH XT 4X4

$43,490

6M 3.2L FREESTYLE CAB UTILITY XTR 4X4

$45,990

6A 3.2L FREESTYLE CAB UTILITY XTR 4X4

$47,990

6M 3.2L DUAL C/CH XT 4X4

$41,198

6M 3.2L DUAL CAB UTILITY XT 4X4

$40,990

6A 3.2L DUAL CAB UTILITY XT 4X4

$42,990

6M 3.2L DUAL CAB UTILITY XTR 4X4

$46,990

6A 3.2L DUAL CAB UTILITY XTR 4X4

$48,990

6M 3.2L DUAL CAB UTILITY GT 4X4

$49,990

6A 3.2L DUAL CAB UTILITY GT 4X4

$51,990

LDV has confirmed that it’s all new Ute, the LDV T60, will enter the Australian market in 1 October, followed six weeks later by the D90 SUV on 15 November, transforming LDV’s position in Australia from an all-van brand to one with benchmark models in the key Ute and SUV market sectors.

Both launches will be preceded by a major event in Sydney on 25 September which will be attended by senior management not just from LDV, but also its parent company, SAIC, China’s number one vehicle manufacturer. They will be joined by a large contingent of Chinese business and motoring media along with VIP guests. LDV has deliberately chosen Sydney as the venue to provide global visibility for the D90 and T60.

First seen at last year’s Guangzhou International Motor Show in China, the LDV T60 is an all-new vehicle which will expand to offer Australian buyers a range of single and double cab, two and four-wheel drive, manual and automatic Utes with two trim and equipment levels.

The LDV D90 made its debut in Australia, with a sneak preview of the full-size SUV on the south coast of New South Wales and in Sydney, prior to its official unveiling at the Shanghai International Motor Show earlier this year. The D90 was in Australia for dynamic testing and calibration of its advanced chassis electronics prior to its launch.

The T60 and D90 will not only launch the Chinese commercial vehicle specialist manufacturer into new market sectors, they will also take LDV into new parts of Australia.

“Since its launch in Australia LDV has focused on its van and people mover ranges with the V80 and G10 vehicles,” says Dinesh Chinnappa, General Manager of LDV Australia. “Sales of this type of vehicle are primarily in metro areas, so that is where we have concentrated our dealers and our business. But the T60 and the D90 will have a much broader appeal across the whole country. The Ute and SUV markets are much bigger than the van market and they are booming. In preparation for the arrival of the T60 and D90 we are opening new dealers in country areas as well as enlarging our urban representation. There is little doubt that from day one, the T60 will be LDV’s best-selling model in Australia, with the D90 close behind it, and this will be matched by a much higher visibility for LDV across the country.”

“In short, these two new models will transform LDV’s position in the market, awareness of the brand across the country and, of course, the number of vehicles we will sell,” says Chinnappa.

The LDV T60 launch model line-up will expand following the launch to include a range of turbo diesel powered 4WD dual cabs with both manual and automatic transmissions, as well as 2WD and 4WD cab chassis with manual transmissions. There will be two trim and equipment levels to ensure coverage of the market from working business vehicles to recreational and family transport.

“This model line-up covers the most significant part of the market and these versions will be joined by additional variants as required to meet changing market demands,” says Dinesh Chinnappa. 

At 5.3 metres long and 1.9 metres wide and with a 110 kW 2.8 litre Turbo Diesel engine, the LDV T60 will sit right in the middle of the key Ute market sector in terms of size and performance, but when it comes to equipment, features and pricing, the T60 will continue the LDV market position of value for money pricing and above average equipment, trim and features.

Full details of the Australian D90 range will be made closer to its November 15 launch.

“It is too early to provide specific price points for the new LDV T60 and LDV D90 ranges,” explains Dinesh Chinnappa. “But we are determined that they will build upon the value for money proposition established by the LDV van range. The T60 will provide Australia Ute buyers with a highly competitive new choice, whether they are looking for a working Ute or a recreational family vehicle. The seven seat D90 is the ideal size for the Australian SUV market. An appealing specification and the price that the market has come to expect of LDV will ensure it is a highly attractive proposition for SUV buyers.”

The LDV range opens with the LDV G10 one tonne van, which is now available with a new Turbo Diesel engine with a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes from a recommended retail price of $28,990 driveaway for ABN holders. The new powertrain compliments the petrol variants, which start from a recommended retail price of $25,990 driveaway and include a 165 kW turbocharged power unit for the automatic petrol powered G10 van.

No lesser value proposition, the G10 is also available as an accomplished people mover, with a choice of seven and nine seats, both powered by the 165 kW petrol engine with a six speed ZF gearbox and priced from a recommended retail price of $29,990 driveaway.

The LDV V80 van range comes with a choice of two wheelbases and three roof heights, giving it a range of cargo volumes from 6.4 to 11.6 cubic metres and payloads from 1.2 to 1.4 tonnes. It is powered by a 2.5 litre Turbo Diesel engine with a choice of manual or self-shifting gearboxes. Prices start for the V80 vans are from a recommended retail price of $30,490 driveaway for ABN holders.

All LDV vehicles come with a three year/100,000 km warranty with 24 hour roadside assistance. They are supported by a growing nationwide dealer network, backed by Australasia’s largest locally owned independent vehicle distributor, the Ateco Group.

The Ateco Parts Distribution Centre in Sydney employs the latest automated parts distribution technology to deliver parts across its Australia-wide dealer network. The LDV Technical Training Team equips all dealer technicians with the knowledge and skills to service and maintain all LDV models, using the both the Ateco Training Centre in Sydney and with training courses in LDV dealerships across Australia.

LDV is a division of SAIC, the 46th largest company in the world and, with more than seven million vehicles set to be produced in 2017, the largest vehicle manufacturer in China, the world’s largest car market.

Great Wall Motors return to Australia is complete with the launch of the all-new Steed Dual Cab Ute. It draws on a history that has made the Great Wall brand the best-selling ute in the world’s largest automotive market for the past 18 years.

Featuring new levels of styling, performance, safety and comfort, the all-new Steed represents a new benchmark for the Chinese manufacturing powerhouse with a reputation for toughness and reliability.

“The new Steed is the ute Australian farmers and tradies have been looking for,” said Great Wall Motors Australia General Manager Tony Carraturo. “It represents a great combination of form and function that offers outstanding value for money. The long list of standard features – including ESP and six airbags – gives us confidence Great Wall will once again be a hit with customers in the light commercial vehicle sector wanting a great value one-tonne ute.

“Australians are renowned for recognising a great value proposition when they see it, and we are confident the new Great Wall Steed will strike a chord that resonates around the country,” said Carraturo.

Line-up and driveaway pricing

The Great Wall Steed will launch with a three-model line-up, offering customers a choice of petrol and diesel engines with 4x2 and 4x4 powertrains.

  • Great Wall Steed Dual Cab Petrol 4x2 - $24,990 driveaway
  • Great Wall Steed Dual Cab Diesel 4x2 - $26,990 driveaway
  • Great Wall Steed Dual Cab Diesel 4x4 - $29,990 driveaway

The Great Wall Steed range will consist of one single specification, delivering high levels of safety and comfort on all models.

Key features
Steed Dual Cab Petrol 4x2

  • 2.4-litre multi-point fuel injection engine (4G69S4N)
  • Euro V emissions
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • 235/70 R16 tyres
  • Full-size spare wheel (steel)
  • Halogen headlamps
  • LED tail lamps
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Front fog lamps
  • Comfort-Tek seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped gear knob
  • Heated front seats
  • Climate control air-conditioning
  • Cruise control with steering wheel-mounted buttons
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Auto headlamps
  • Auto wipers
  • Auto dimming rear-view mirror
  • Color-coded side mirrors with demister
  • Six airbags, including full-length side curtain airbags
  • Bosch V9.0 ESP
  • Hill-Start Assist Control
  • Automatic windows
  • Six-speaker sound system with CD/AM/FM/MP5/USB/AUX
  • Hands-free Bluetooth phone control with audio
  • 3-point rear centre seat belt
  • Side steps
  • Stainless steel sports bar
  • Cargo bed liner
  • Rear parking sensors

Steed Dual Cab Diesel 4x2
(As above, plus)

  • 2.0-litre direct injection turbo-diesel engine (GW4D20B)
  • Euro V emissions
  • 6-speed manual transmission

Steed Dual Cab Diesel 4x4
(As above, plus)

  • Intelligent 4WD with BorgWarner transfer case

The new Great Wall Steed Dual Cab Ute boasts a tough new exterior design, dominated by a new large chrome grille. Integrated with new headlamps, daytime running lamps and chrome brightwork, the Steed represents a clear evolution from the last Great Wall ute launched in Australia.

The new Great Wall is 305mm longer than its predecessor and 30mm higher. The rear tub is now 155mm longer, while a new front grille design adds a further 150mm to the front of the car. Standard exterior features include side steps, a stainless steel sports bar, mirror-mounted indicators, daytime running lamps and 16-inch alloy rims.

Inside, the new ute is packed with creature comforts designed to delight drivers and passengers alike. The list of standard features is long, including heated seats, powered driver’s seat (6-way), cruise control with steering wheel controls, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, stainless steel scuff plates and climate control air-conditioning.

Safety was a key feature for the engineering team, with the new Steed boasting six airbags, including full-length side curtain airbags. Every Great Wall Steed dual cab ute also comes standard with Bosch’s V9.0 Electronic Stability Program, including ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Brake Assist, and Hill-start Assist Control. It is also one of the few on the market that comes standard with Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

Mandatory on passenger vehicles sold in the USA and EU, TPMS provides the driver with instant warnings of abnormal tyre pressures. Safety experts believe incorrectly inflated tyres are responsible for numerous accidents. In addition, running correct pressures reduces tyre damage, extends tyre service life and ensures optimum fuel economy.

Powertrain

The 2016 Great Wall Steed offers two proven powertrain choices upgraded to achieve Euro V emissions compliance: a fuel-injected 2.4-litre petrol engine and a 2.0-litre common rail turbo-diesel. The powerful turbo-diesel produces a healthy 110 kilowatts of power arriving at 4000 rpm and a user-friendly 310 Newton-metres of torque available from 1800-2800 rpm. Matched to a six-speed manual transmission, the Euro V-compliant turbo-diesel Steed delivers good fuel economy of 9.0 litres per 100km and a range of more than 800 kilometres.

The engine’s torque delivery has been tuned to deliver greater responsiveness, faster torque delivery and better acceleration feel. The turbo-diesel is available in 4x2 and 4x4. For customers who prefer petrol, the Steed is available with a 2.4-litre multi-point fuel injection engine, delivering 100kW and 205Nm. Matched with a five-speed manual transmission, the petrol is available only in 4x2.

Both engines are built to help the new Great Wall Steed Dual Cab tackle Australian conditions and become the trade tool of choice for Australian farmers and tradespeople. The Steed boasts a payload of 1010kg and a braked towing capacity of 2000kg and comes standard with four heavy duty tie-down points in the lined tub.

Paint colours

The new Steed range is available in five colours, all of which are available at no extra charge:

  • Pure White
  • Titanium
  • Ebony
  • Arizona
  • Sleek Silver

Servicing and warranty

The 2016 Steed range comes with a comprehensive 3-year / 100,000km warranty and three years’ free roadside assistance available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. With a national dealer network of almost 50 dealers, Great Wall customers can expect new levels of servicing and spare parts service.

Isuzu UTE Australia (IUA) has bolstered its offerings across both its D-MAX ute and MU-X SUV range with the introduction of three new 4x2 variants. Available in dealerships this month, the D-MAX ute range will be enhanced with the addition of a 4x2 SX Space Cab Ute High-Ride and 4x2 SX Crew Cab Chassis High-Ride, both available in 5-speed auto transmission only.

IUA is keen to maintain its status as the fastest growing brand in the 1-tonne ute segment, and regards the new 4x2 D-MAX variants another resource to increase its market share in arguably Australia’s most competitive automotive segment. IUA’s 4x2 D-MAX range has enjoyed a significant uplift in the sales charts this year – more than doubling 2014’s volume – the result of resurgence in both fleet and private buyer purchases. The introduction of these two new 4x2 versions takes the total variants now available in the D-MAX range to 25.

Following on from the success of its 4x4 stablemate, IUA has also introduced a 4x2 edition of the ‘top of the range’ seven-seat MU-X LS-T. Available in auto transmission only, the 4x2 LS-T retains a class-leading three-tonne towing capability (braked) and five-star ANCAP safety rating. These new models all feature Isuzu’s exclusive 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine and are supported by ‘Service Plus’ – Isuzu UTE’s five-year/130,000km warranty with five years roadside assistance and three-year Capped Price Servicing program.

To launch these new models, Isuzu UTE is offering special introductory ‘drive-away’ pricing for a limited time only on the following vehicles:

  • D-MAX 4x2 SX D-MAX Space Cab Ute $31,990 Drive-away (RRP $34,300)
  • MU-X 4x2 LS-T AT $43,990 Drive-away (RRP $46,700)
  • D-MAX 4x2 Crew Cab Chassis RRP $36,100

This will be the V8 Ute Racing Series eighth appearance at Sandown Raceway. The V8 Utes first appeared at Sandown Raceway in their inaugural year in 2001, then again in 2002, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014. The current Lap Record is held by Kris Walton in a time of 1:21.9415, Walton broke teammate and Multspares driver Ryan Hansford’s 2013 record by almost a second.

Mick Donaher was the first V8 Racing Ute driver to hold the record at Sandown Raceway in a Ford AU. This was the only time that Ford held the lap record at Sandown. Damien White broke Paul Stokell’s 2002 record in Race 2, 2004, with a time of 1:27.136 in a Holden. In 2005, the lap record was broken in every race, firstly by the late Allan Simonsen in Race 1, followed by Marcus Zukanovic in Race 2 and then the next day by Ryal Harris who held it in a time of 1:26.0552.

Ford v’s Holden
Two-time V8 Ute Champion, Ryal Harris stood on the podium back in 2009 when he raced a Holden, and won for the first time in a Ford last year making him the only driver to win in both a Ford and Holden. He also gave Ford their second only ever Round win in their 7 years at Sandown. Ford driver Mick Donahue had a clean-sweep of the field in 2001 claiming qualifying and all three races (Damien White is the only other driver to claim a clean sweep at Sandown in 2005 in a Holden), James Moffat was the only other Ford driver to stand on the podium when he placed third outright in 2005 until Kris Walton and Harris broke the drought last year claiming second and first respectively.

Holden have dominated Sandown races having won 16 out of the 23 races.

Race Trivia:
Race 2 in 2009 was declared a Race, however no points were issued. It was deemed a race because more than 2 laps were completed, but because 75% of the race distance wasn’t achieved, no points were issued. The race was shortened due to an incident when Stephen Robinson rolled his car in spectacular fashion at Turn 1.

2002 was the “Great Aussie Ute Race”, which was a two driver format with each driver paired with a legend, some of which included: 3 x Australian Gold Star Champion, Paul Stokell, Touring Car Legend Andrew Miedecke, Country Singer Adam Brand, V8 Supercar star Brad Jones and Formula 1 World Champion (1980), Alan Jones.

Dunlop Development Series regular Todd Hazelwood will debut in the V8 Utes this weekend in the All Purpose Pest Control Ford run by Matt Stone Racing. Australian Super Six Touring Car Driver, Ben Grice will also debut in a V8 Ute this weekend, his father Allan raced a V8 Ute in 2002/ 2003 and 2005 and competed in the Great Aussie race with Alan Jones. Allan is a seven time Bathurst 1000 podium sitter, two of which were wins (1986 & 1990).

Six out of the 32 V8 Ute Racing drivers will drive a V8 Racing Ute around Sandown Raceway for the first time including; Todd Hazelwood, Ben Grice, Leigh Nicolaou, Mason Barbera, Richard Mork and Bruce Oaklands, who will be sporting a new livery moving from blue and white to green and black.

Townsville Pole winner, Rhys McNally will miss this round due to work commitments.

Kim Jane has a long history at Sandown Raceway having had his first race there at the age of 17 in an EH Holden. He celebrated his 200th V8 Ute Race there in 2011. Nathan Pretty holds the Nations Cup lap record at Sandown Raceway in a Holden Monaro 427 V8, which he set back in 2004. George Miedecke last raced in a Ford at Sandown in 2009, after taking out Race 1 he had a major incident in Race 3 when Jack “The Hustler” Elsegood made contact with him after he missed a gear causing Miedecke to spin and turn 2008 V8 Ute Champion Layton Crambrook around.

Ryan Hansford is expecting his first child around the Sandown weekend so will be on call, he might have to drive extra fast to make it to the delivery room on time. George Miedecke is expecting his first child in February and two-time Champion Ryal Harris was married to long-time partner Casey on the Gold Coast over the weekend.

Series leader, Kris Walton, debuted in the V8 Ute Series at Sandown Raceway in 2012 and went on to drive full-time in the Series in 2013, taking out the Rookie title. Walton claimed Race 2 on debut and in 2013 and 2014 stepped on the podium taking out second overall for the Round, which led to his first V8 Ute Championship. Nathan Pretty and Walton had, a verbal altercation in Parc Ferme following a heated on-track battle in Race 1 2013, which saw Walton push Pretty wide off the track, handing the win to Ryan Hansford. The Rentco Racing driver went as far as posting a dummy (pacifier) onto his on-board camera to make known his thoughts.

Rod Wilson, Kim Jane, Gary Baxter and Kris Walton are the only 3 drivers to stand on the podium more than once. Inaugural V8 Ute Racing Champion Rod Wilson is the most successful driver (3 times) with podium finishes in 2001, 2002 with Gary MacDonald in the Great Aussie Race and 2003, Baxter (2004 and 2005), Jane in 2009 and 2011 and Walton 2013 and 2014.

There has been a different Round winner every year the V8 Utes have raced at Sandown Raceway.

Ryal Harris leads the ARMOR ALL Drivers Championship by a mere 13 points after a dismal round in Townsville. He will continue to carry an extra 40kg success Ballast, Adam Marjoram in second place will carry an extra 30kg and David Sieders 20kg for being in third.

Top five results for the ARMOR ALL Drivers Championship

1

Ryal Harris                                                                       

Holiday For Life

546

2

Adam Marjoram                             

Auto One Racing / Erebus Motorsport

533

3

David Sieders                                                                     

Mango Credit

513

4

Kris Walton                                      

Rentco Transport Equipment Rentals

488

5

Kim Jane                           

Bob Jane T-Marts / Altenzo Tyres / Shark Bite

456

6

 Ryan Hansford        

Multispares

456

Qualifying
There has been a different ARMOR ALL Pole winner every year the V8 Utes have raced at Sandown and 2009 saw one of the closest Pole winning margins in V8 Ute History when Layton Crambrook claimed victory over Grant Johnson by only 0.0125s. The two session qualifying format will also be run at this Round. The format, similar to the qualifying system used in Formula 1, features a 20 minute session broken up into 2 individual segments. Qualifying 1 will include all 32 V8 Utes and after 10 minutes, the top 10 fastest drivers will continue into Qualifying 2, for a short 5 minute session allowing for a 1 or 2 lap shootout. The fastest lap times will then determine the top ten grid for the start of Race 1, with the balance of the grid filled as they drop off in lap time from each segment.

Points
There is a total of 178 points up for grabs over the weekend. Only 3 points will be issued for Qualifying to the ARMOR ALL Pole Winner, 70 points to the winner of Race 1, 35 points (half-points) to the winner of Race 2 reverse Grid Race and 70 points to the winner of Race 3.

The Grids are determined as follows. Race 1 Grid is determined by Qualifying. Race 2 grid is determined by a random ballot drawn by the Race 1 winner. The number drawn is the number of Utes that will be reversed on the grid for that race. The Grid for Race 3 will be a progressive grid from the finishing positions of Race 2. In the event of a tie, the highest grid position will go to the fastest qualifier.

Television Broadcast
All Practice and Qualifying sessions as well as all three races will be televised LIVE through Fox Sports with a one hour highlights package to be broadcast on ONE HD. Race 2 and Race 3 will be televised LIVE as on Channel Ten.

Full schedule for the weekend

Friday, 11th September        

Practice 1                   

10:50am

Friday, 11th September    

Practice 2                   

1:30pm

Friday, 11th September    

 

4:50pm

Saturday, 12th September  

Race 1

11:10am

Saturday, 12th September

Race 2 

2:45pm   

Sunday, 13th September       

Race 3 

11:40am

Isuzu UTE Australia has introduced a limited edition D-MAX to its one-tonne ute line-up, the 2015 X-RUNNER. On sale now at $51,990 drive-away - just 360 units of the X-RUNNER will be available.  Based on an Isuzu D-MAX 4x4 LS-Terrain, the X-RUNNER takes the standard interior features of the D-MAX to the next level, with the addition of auto climate control air-conditioning, Sat-Nav system, Rear Park Assist and reverse camera. The X-RUNNER also receives the convenience Isuzu’s new Passive Entry & Start System (PESS) – which makes entry and exit of the vehicle a breeze when you’ve got your hands full. A dark-grey interior trim exclusive to the X-RUNNER adds another unique touch.

The exterior of the X-RUNNER also makes a statement. Available in the choice of two striking limited-edition metallic colours - pearlescent white and lapis blue, with unique contrasting striping and decals, the X-RUNNER also turns heads with an aggressive front and rear body kit, alloy sports bar and tub liner.

The X-RUNNER is covered by Isuzu UTE’s five-year ‘bumper to bumper’ warranty and five-year Roadside Assistance and has a five-star ANCAP safety rating. And to make the X-RUNNER an even sweeter deal, Isuzu UTE has just introduced a new Capped Price Servicing (CPS) program to complement their class leading warranty. ‘Isuzu UTE Service Plus’ provides customers with the ultimate peace of mind and a consistent pricing structure which means no surprises, and no need to ‘shop around’ for the best vehicle servicing deal.

In reality how many four-wheel drive vehicles actually leave the bitumen? The figures vary depending on the source … but we don’t believe enough. So Isuzu UTE Australia has introduced a new initiative to help their owners to get the most out of their Isuzu vehicle in a safe and structured environment under expert tutelage – The I-VENTURE CLUB. The I-VENTURE CLUB offers Isuzu owners the opportunity to join excursions to some of Australia’s most breathtaking and challenging off-road destinations, with the support of qualified 4x4 instructors to teach them the skills and techniques required to handle the toughest cross-country terrain.

“The I-VENTURE CLUB is a new way to experience four-wheel driving – It’s an exclusive Isuzu owners club that brings together like minded people and encourages them to utilise the adventure that is inherent in all of our vehicles,” said Dave Harding, Isuzu UTE Australia’s Assistant General Manager – Marketing & PR.  “The development of the I-VENTURE CLUB was a result of enquiry we received from our customers who were searching for somewhere safe to learn the ins-and-outs of off-road driving without damaging their vehicles, or embarrassing themselves by getting stuck somewhere at high tide!” he added. The I-VENTURE CLUB has ‘day-trip’ events planned across all states of Australia this year, with longer overnight and weekend journeys, as well as ‘special interest’ events also in the pipeline.

“The I-VENTURE CLUB will offer different experiences to different customers – from the ‘first time out’ novice to the experienced hardcore off-roader … and via our dedicated website it will become a hub where our owners can get together to share their stories, pick up some professional advice and ultimately use their vehicles for what they were designed for – and that’s adventure,” Harding said. Information on the current I-VENTURE trips available can be found at www.iventureclub.com.au.