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NISSAN has made a number of
updates to its popular Navara model
With more than 80 years’ expe-
rience designing, developing and
building vehicles in this important
light-commercial category, Nissan
has earned an enviable reputation
for building strong and dependable
utes synonymous with endurance and
Since its arrival in Australian
showrooms, the Navara has been
praised for many of its character-
istics, including its class-leading
fuel efficiency, the performance and
responsiveness from its 2.3-litre
twin-turbo diesel engine, its comfort-
able and functional interior, and its
real-world capabilities for work and
Together, its mix of design, perfor-
mance, ride comfort and technology
have made it the choice of more than
27,000 Australian customers since
Nissan Australia managing direc-
tor Richard Emery said the Navara
Series 2 offered a compelling mix of
the features Australian one-tonne ute
buyers were seeking.
“Since this model’s local release in
2015, our customers have applauded
its real-world capabilities and strong
performance and they have told us
they like its great blend of styling,
fuel efficiency, driving experience
and value for money,” he said.
“This updated version of the
Navara, our most popular Nissan
model in Australia, delivers more of
what they’ve asked for.”
The following product changes have been applied
to the Australian Nissan Navara range, resulting in
the Navara Series 2:
qEnhanced suspension tuning on Navara model
variants fitted with 5-link coil spring rear suspen-
q The ST-X model grade now has an optional
q Satellite navigation is now standard equip-
ment in the ST model grade.
q The SL model grade is the new work-horse
model grade for the Australian Navara range.
q The SL has the same features of the Navara
RX, but with the addition of 140Kw, 450Nm
twin-turbo diesel engine, wide body and wide steel
wheels, rear-view camera, LED headlamps and day-
time running lights, and interior vinyl floor.
q Dual Cab RX Cab Chassis is now available in
both automatic and manual transmissions.
q Vinyl flooring replaces carpet.
Nissan’s new Navara
Yamaha reveals ‘strong’
2017 MX nationals team
AFTER taking nearly all before them at the
MX Nationals in 2016, Yamaha is out to
replicate that success in 2017 and has put
in place quality race teams and personnel to
support the riders this season.
CDR Yamaha will again lead the charge in
the premier MX1 division, this being the team’s
25th year of operation.
In that time, they have racked up a room full
of championship trophies and are looking to
add to that collection in 2017.
Reigning MX1 champion Dean Ferris will
be the man to beat and heads into the champi-
onship prepared and ready to go.
He will be joined by Victorian Dylan Long,
who finished fifth in last year’s series but with
the support of the CDR Yamaha team is out to
improve in 2017.
Long has had some time off the bike due to a
wrist injury but is now back in full training and
CDR Yamaha’s Craig Dack said Ferris had a
good off-season and his preparations had been
spot on, while Long had been hampered by
“Dylan (Long) has had some injury inter-
ruption and may be a little underdone at round
one but I think we are in pretty good shape,” he
“We have again worked hard with our riders
and sponsors to produce the best package pos-
sible and I’m confident of having another good
Serco Yamaha will take on the MX2 duties,
with Jackson Richardson and Mitch Evans
at the controls. Both riders come off 2016
championship success with Richardson taking
the Australian Supercross Championship and
Evans the winner of the MXD class last year.
Both come from North Queensland and are
cousins so the bragging rights in the family will
be hotly contested.
TOYOTA is re-kindling
revealing a stunning concept
vehicle that brings together
the iconic Tonka and HiLux
A full-size dream toy for
adults, the HiLux Tonka
Concept is an impressive
rock-crawling truck that
combines the enviable rep-
utations for toughness and
durability that dominate the
Toyota and Tonka DNA.
The high-riding off-road-
er celebrates HiLux’s
breakthrough in becoming
Australia’s best-selling vehi-
cle last year, alongside sig-
nificant global anniversaries
for both Toyota and Tonka.
It was conceived,
designed, assembled and
tested by designers and
engineers from Toyota
Australia’s 150-strong prod-
uct planning and develop-
Underneath the dramatic
black-and-yellow livery of
the HiLux Tonka Concept,
is a powerful 2.8-litre
A new front bar is com-
patible with the vehicle’s
safety systems while the
bonnet has a carbon-fibre
skin and features an aggres-
sive power bulge and air
road LED lighting in the
bar and roof pod combine
to provide excellent night
vision for off-road trails.
A rugged bash plate
made from 6mm-thick alloy
is designed to protect the
sump and other vital com-
Tubular side rails protect
the body and chassis.
Behind the cabin,
almost everything has been
changed. The transforma-
tion includes a new tailgate,
also wrapped in carbon
fibre, that incorporates an
integrated spoiler and two
air vents for optimal airflow.
A durable, lightweight
strap rather than a handle
releases the tailgate.
Inside the tub, a remova-
ble tubular frame keeps all
the gear in place, including
diesel fuel cans, while stor-
age boxes house the recov-
ery gear needed for extreme
A fire extinguisher, axe,
shovel and high-lift jack are
Tonka is a household
name, celebrating its 70th
anniversary this year.
Toyota is in its 80th year of
Since HiLux was first
launched in 1968 it has
earned and reinforced
its reputation for being
Toyota’s dream toy
The Nissan Navara 2 has been upgraded with a number of new features, including vinyl flooring replacing the carpet.
The Toyota HiLux Tonka Concept vehicle includes a fire extinguisher, axe and high-lift jack.
Inside the tub a removable tubular frame keeps all the gear in
place, including diesel fuel cans.
Tonka Concept vehicle is
a full-size dream toy for
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