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Tough Dog Ranger GVM upgrade

Tough Dog Ranger GVM upgrade

In January 2024 Tough Dog received nation-wide approval for its 3750kg-GVM upgrades for post-2022 Ford Ranger models. The upgrades can be applied to pre-registration and post-registration vehicles.

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Toyota Tundra maybe for Down Under

Toyota Tundra maybe for Down Under

Toyota has never been noted for breaking new ground, but has built its reputation on doing things others have already done – but better. A planned RHD Tundra pickup program with Walkinshaw Automotive Group follows the success of RAM and Chevrolet in Australia.

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John Agostino, founder of Tough Dog, retires

John Agostino, founder of Tough Dog, retires

Thirty-eight years ago, John Agostino chose family over traveling the world and didn’t look back. December 22nd, 2023, was John’s last official day in the global business he built initially with three partners and an investment of just $3000 each.

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Win a grand through Battery World

Win a grand through Battery World

If you buy a replacement starting battery from Battery World you automatically go in the draw to win $1000. Every Battery World store around Australia is participating, so the total giveaway is $109,000.

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Ineos Automotive’s hydrogen-fuelled Grenadier

Ineos Automotive’s hydrogen-fuelled Grenadier

Ineos Automotive’s hydrogen-fuelled Grenadier Demonstrator made its global debut at the 2023 Goodwood Festival of Speed, in the UK. The demo model emits only water vapour and demonstrates Ineos’ belief that hydrogen is a key fuel possibility for the future. 

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Demerit points relief for safe NSW drivers 

All unrestricted NSW licence holders – including professional drivers – are eligible for a demerit point reduction trial that aims to reward responsible driving behaviour.  The initiative blends the traditional ‘stick’ approach with a ‘carrot’.

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Lexus GX headed for Australia

Lexus GX headed for Australia

The 2024 seven-seat GX is based on the LandCruiser 300 Series and is positioned between the RX and LX in the Lexus SUV line-up. It was launched globally in June 2023 and is due Down Under in early 2024.

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Daily 4×4 Tigrotto released in Europe

Daily 4×4 Tigrotto released in Europe

We photographed the Iveco Daily 4×4 Tigrotto at the IAA 2022 Truck Show in Hannover, Germany and dismissed it as ‘concept’ display. However it has subsequently been released in Europe, including as a RHD version in the UK.

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GVM upgrade for Navara coil-spring utes

GVM upgrade for Navara coil-spring utes

Ironman has announced a federally approved GVM upgrade from 3150kg standard to 3340kg. Spring and shock absorber kits are available to suit utes that have a temporary load or a permanent load, and with two grades of foam cell shock absorbers.

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The birth of HUNO

The birth of HUNO

Daimler Truck, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, Hino Motors and Toyota Motor Corporation have concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on merging the Fuso and Hino brands. 

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Ford driving skills program kicks off

Ford driving skills program kicks off

P-plate drivers are seven times more likely to be killed or injured when driving in the dark, compared to fully-licensed drivers. To help remedy this sad situation, Ford’s Driving Skills for Life program hits the road from June-September 2023, visiting regional and metro locations.

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The new Addams Family car is a 4WD

The new Addams Family car is a 4WD

Why are photos of the latest Addams Family vehicle appearing on a website that’s dominated by off-road vehicles, you may well ask. Well, while the bodywork is modified 1938 Pontiac, the chassis and powertrain are Mercedes-Benz Gelandewagen 4WD.

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SsangYong future seems assured

SsangYong future seems assured

Unlike popular motoring news outlets, Outback Travel Australia didn’t share in the media enthusiasm for the proposed merger and acquisition (M&A) offer made by Korean electric bus maker, Edison, but a new buyer has now sealed the deal.

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Range extension for electric 4WDs

Range extension for electric 4WDs

We all know that the range of the best electric vehicles (EVs) is around 500km and that’s a for a solo machine not towing anything. Optima and Rivian have come up with a range extending solution for EV 4WDs that tow.

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Jucy rental gets a leg up

Jucy rental gets a leg up

Many trans-Tasman visitors rent vehicles, rather than risk buying a ‘lemon’ to tour around Australia or New Zealand. The pool of rental vehicles is about to get a boost.

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Toyota facing Australian class action

Toyota facing Australian class action

Up to half a million Australian drivers may be represented by Maddens Lawyers in a class-action lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corporation Australia, for allegedly using a hidden feature to mask exhaust emissions, Australian Associated Press has reported.

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Roadvision Stealth driving light prize

Roadvision Stealth driving light prize

Roadvision has kindly presented a pair of Stealth Series seven-inch driving lights to a lucky couple, Moyra and Peter S, of Victoria. Outback Travel Australia regularly hands out prizes to people among our group of website donors.

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Toyota appeals $2 billion class action ruling

Toyota appeals $2 billion class action ruling

A class action by owners of certain HiLux and Prado vehicles against Toyota has received wide coverage in the general media. However, Toyota has a global reputation of being highly litigious and has already said it will appeal the Court’s ruling, so Class Action Members: don’t spend the money yet!

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Retro RV teams up with Camplify

Retro RV teams up with Camplify

Retro RV motorhomes has committed its franchise operators to list their vans exclusively with leading motorhome, campervan and caravan rental platform Camplify. The Retro RV fleet numbers 25 vehicles.

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Australian road accident report April 2022

Australian road accident report April 2022

The Australian Government released some sobering news in April 2022: road fatalities spiked 2.7-percent in the last 12 months – the largest increase in incidents since 2018. More than 1100 people have died in road accidents since February 2021.

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Nissan legends search

Nissan legends search

Nissan’s legendary Patrol celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2021and to celebrate, Nissan is finding Patrol owners around Australia who have done incredible things with their vehicles. One such owner is Les Siviour.

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Travelling bush laundry fleet announced

Travelling bush laundry fleet announced

Orange Sky, supported by Australian electronics manufacturer, REDARC and global visual communications platform, Canva, has launched the world’s first solar powered laundry van fleet, to support people experiencing homelessness, or doing it tough, in remote Indigenous communities.

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Toyota previews a BEV lineup

Toyota previews a BEV lineup

After systematically downplaying the significance of battery-electric vehicles for years Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) displayed 16 battery-electric concept vehicles in Tokyo on December 15.

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The Federal Government doesn’t know its RATs or its SCRs

Why there’s an AdBlue shortage

“Everything is connected to everything else,”  said Leonardo da Vinci, all those years ago, predicting situations like the post-pandemic skyrocketing price of oil and natural gas that would result in a sudden shortage of AdBlue.

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H2X fuel-cell ute

H2X fuel-cell ute

Call us cynical, if you will, but we can’t rise to the level of press excitement generated by the news that Gippsland-based H2X Global is planning to launch a Ford Ranger based, fuel-cell ute in early 2022.

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Better unsealed roads forecast

Better unsealed roads forecast

Those of us who drive on the nations dirt and gravel roads will probably agree with the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) in welcoming a new Commonwealth Remote Roads Upgrade Pilot Program. This Program will offer councils 80 to 100 percent of required funding to make unsealed local roads safer and more productive.

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REDARC’s REDNetwork

REDARC has announced the introduction of a new REDNetwork program –  a national network of auto electrical focused trade businesses who have been certified by REDARC to install REDARC products.

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How much plastic are you wearing

How much plastic are you wearing

New Zealand-born natural performance apparel company, Icebreaker, has launched a provocative marketing campaign that asks consumers one simple question: “Are you still wearing plastic?” For many consumers, the answer is: “Yes”. 

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