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Tiny Away Escape has invited Ranger Nick to cook for you at the Grampians Edge from 21st – 23rd June 2024.

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Diff lock over-ride for D-MAX/BT-50

Diff lock over-ride for D-MAX/BT-50

Many factory-fitted differential locks are computer controlled, restricting activation to conditions that include 4L engagement and some wheel slip. That can be a nuisance in situations where pre-emptive diff lock engagement is desirable.

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VW badge with a buzz

VW badge with a buzz

A seemingly simple device that replaces a Volkswagen’s front badge emits a warning signal of the vehicle’s approach and it is hoped that this ‘RooBadge’ will help reduce the number of collisions with kangaroos.

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Much ado about not much

Much ado about not much

If you believed most of everything written and said about Australia’s proposed 2025 New Vehicle Efficiency Standard (NVES), you could be forgiven for thinking that it was designed to eliminate 4WD wagons and utes. It’s not, because no government is that stupid.

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Kia ute due in 2025

Kia’s long rumoured ute is due in 2025 and is now accepting Expressions of Interest (EoI) on the Kia website. Below is the promo commercial, featuring 20 Aussie sports icons, but all mechanical speculation is just that, for now…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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