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The latest news about 4WD wagons and utes, 4WD truck releases, changes and updates to existing 4WD vehicles.

Tough Dog Suspension buyout for $70 million

Tough Dog Suspension buyout for $70 million

Aeroklas Asia Pacific, a 4WD accessories and automotive parts business owned by a Thai-listed company, has acquired John Agostino’s Tough Dog Sydney-based after-market suspension company, for AU$70 million.

Paddle-wheeler cruises in Longreach

Paddle-wheeler cruises in Longreach

Thousands of travellers are expected to cruise Longreach’s Thomson River in future years, thanks to the arrival of the 100-year-old paddle-wheeler, Pride of the Murray.

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!

Win the Gotcha4Life ‘home-base’ truck

Win the Gotcha4Life ‘home-base’ truck

Probably the most-filmed Isuzu N Series of 2022 is being raffled, with the proceeds going to Gotcha4Life, Australia’s leading not-for-profit mental fitness foundation. Read below to find out how the truck performs and how to win it.

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.

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.

Tough Dog Suspension buyout for $70 million

Tough Dog Suspension buyout for $70 million

Aeroklas Asia Pacific, a 4WD accessories and automotive parts business owned by a Thai-listed company, has acquired John Agostino’s Tough Dog Sydney-based after-market suspension company, for AU$70 million.

read more
Paddle-wheeler cruises in Longreach

Paddle-wheeler cruises in Longreach

Thousands of travellers are expected to cruise Longreach’s Thomson River in future years, thanks to the arrival of the 100-year-old paddle-wheeler, Pride of the Murray.

read more
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!

read more
Win the Gotcha4Life ‘home-base’ truck

Win the Gotcha4Life ‘home-base’ truck

Probably the most-filmed Isuzu N Series of 2022 is being raffled, with the proceeds going to Gotcha4Life, Australia’s leading not-for-profit mental fitness foundation. Read below to find out how the truck performs and how to win it.

read more
Broken Hill Mundi Mundi Bash

Broken Hill Mundi Mundi Bash

Outback NSW’s biggest ever live music event is scheduled for 18-20 August 2022, featuring a stellar lineup of Australian artists.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
SsangYong future under a cloud

SsangYong future under a cloud

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, for troubled SsangYong Motors – currently operating under Seoul Rehabilitation Court administration.

read more
Ford F-150 coming Down Under in 2023

Ford F-150 coming Down Under in 2023

Ford Australia is planning for the legendary F-150 to arrive in Australia by mid-2023, through a right-hand drive, local remanufacturing program with RMA Automotive Holdings.

read more
Isuzu Truck’s 50 years Down Under

Isuzu Truck’s 50 years Down Under

In 2022, Isuzu Trucks celebrated 50 years of operation in Australia, with a key focus on the people and product that have contributed to this enviable achievement.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
Torsus Terrastorm for Australia? Maybe.

Torsus Terrastorm for Australia? Maybe.

Slovakian company Torsus has announced its ‘Terrastorm’ derivative of the 4Motion-equipped Volkswagen Crafter/MAN TGE platform. Will this vehicle make it Down Under? Maybe.

read more
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.

read more
Caravan safety check list

Caravan safety check list

Many caravans have been sitting idle for quite some time, because of the travel restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. 

read more
Brisbane Caravan & Outdoor Show

Brisbane Caravan & Outdoor Show

If you didn’t get to the recent Let’s Go Brisbane Caravan & Outdoor Show – only Queenslanders and captive interstate visitors could – here’s some of what you missed.

read more
New National Park for 4WD recreation

New National Park for 4WD recreation

According to The Land, the NSW Government has purchased the 121,390-hectare Avenel/Mt Westwood Station, north of Broken Hill. The combined properties were once part of Sir Sydney Kidman’s Corona Station.

read more

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.

read more
Solar motorhome concept

Solar motorhome concept

Yes, we know that this prototype solar motorhome has insufficient ground clearance for Aussie conditions, but its essence is worth investigating, we reckon.

read more
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”. 

read more
Water from the Air

Water from the Air

Watergen Ltd, a global leading company in atmospheric water generation technology, plans to launch what is said to be the world’s first built-in water generator for recreation vehicles and campers in 2022. 

read more
Toyota tackles the Taliban’s Toyota taste

Toyota tackles the Taliban’s Toyota taste

The fact that Middle Eastern, African and Afghani Islamic extremists prefer Toyotas as the base for their gunships is more than just an embarrassment for Toyota. The company is taking steps to ensure that thousands of new 300 Series wagons don’t find their way into conflict zones.

read more
Redarc’s ‘Australianised’ Toyota Tacoma

Redarc’s ‘Australianised’ Toyota Tacoma

Redarc’s US office has used the company’s successful Australian Outback experience to demonstrate what it can do for adventurers based in the USA. Redarc has tricked-out a 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road model.

read more
Isuzu MU-X seven-seater wagon preview

Isuzu MU-X seven-seater wagon preview

Ahead of the Australian launch in late-2021, the Isuzu MU-X seven-seat SUV has been previewed. Obvious from the photos are LED headlights and 20-inch wheels. Inside is a 225mm (9-inch) touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay.

read more
ARB and Ford accessories collaboration 

ARB and Ford accessories collaboration 

ARB and Ford – are collaborating to sell selected off-road accessories as Ford Licensed Accessories through participating Ford dealers in Australia from the second half of 2021.

read more

A warning for new caravan buyers 

Buyers of caravans need to be extremely careful to ensure that their proposed caravan is fully-compliant with Australia’s vehicle safety Regulations, as stated in the Australian Design Rules.

read more
Isuzu UTE Australia goes life-saving

Isuzu UTE Australia goes life-saving

With millions of people flocking to Australian beaches, safety on our beaches continues to be the top priority. To assist with keeping our patrolled shores safe, Isuzu UTE Australia is pledging support to the national symbol of beach safety, Surf Life Saving Australia, with a fleet of Isuzu D-MAX Utes and MU-X SUVs.

read more
Isuzu UTE Australia racks up 200,000 sales

Isuzu UTE Australia racks up 200,000 sales

As reported by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), by the end of February 2021 an accumulative total of 148,077 D-MAX utes and 52,038 MU-X SUVs have been delivered in Australia.

read more

Goodyear taking over Cooper

Goodyear is taking over Cooper in a deal that has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies, Cooper shareholders will receive US$41.75 per share in cash and a fixed exchange ratio of 0.907 shares of Goodyear common stock per Cooper share for a total equity value of approximately US$2.8 billion.

read more
Special-edition Land Rover Trophy Defender event

Special-edition Land Rover Trophy Defender event

Land Rover Classic is a Division of Land Rover that refurbishes second hand vehicles and resells them. This Division continuing the formidable expedition legacy of the original Defender with a limited production run of adventure-ready Defender Works V8 Trophy vehicles for an exclusive competition at Eastnor Castle in 2021. 

read more
Tough Dog Suspension buyout for $70 million

Tough Dog Suspension buyout for $70 million

Aeroklas Asia Pacific, a 4WD accessories and automotive parts business owned by a Thai-listed company, has acquired John Agostino’s Tough Dog Sydney-based after-market suspension company, for AU$70 million.

read more
Paddle-wheeler cruises in Longreach

Paddle-wheeler cruises in Longreach

Thousands of travellers are expected to cruise Longreach’s Thomson River in future years, thanks to the arrival of the 100-year-old paddle-wheeler, Pride of the Murray.

read more
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!

read more
Win the Gotcha4Life ‘home-base’ truck

Win the Gotcha4Life ‘home-base’ truck

Probably the most-filmed Isuzu N Series of 2022 is being raffled, with the proceeds going to Gotcha4Life, Australia’s leading not-for-profit mental fitness foundation. Read below to find out how the truck performs and how to win it.

read more
Broken Hill Mundi Mundi Bash

Broken Hill Mundi Mundi Bash

Outback NSW’s biggest ever live music event is scheduled for 18-20 August 2022, featuring a stellar lineup of Australian artists.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
SsangYong future under a cloud

SsangYong future under a cloud

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, for troubled SsangYong Motors – currently operating under Seoul Rehabilitation Court administration.

read more
Ford F-150 coming Down Under in 2023

Ford F-150 coming Down Under in 2023

Ford Australia is planning for the legendary F-150 to arrive in Australia by mid-2023, through a right-hand drive, local remanufacturing program with RMA Automotive Holdings.

read more
Isuzu Truck’s 50 years Down Under

Isuzu Truck’s 50 years Down Under

In 2022, Isuzu Trucks celebrated 50 years of operation in Australia, with a key focus on the people and product that have contributed to this enviable achievement.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
Torsus Terrastorm for Australia? Maybe.

Torsus Terrastorm for Australia? Maybe.

Slovakian company Torsus has announced its ‘Terrastorm’ derivative of the 4Motion-equipped Volkswagen Crafter/MAN TGE platform. Will this vehicle make it Down Under? Maybe.

read more
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.

read more
Caravan safety check list

Caravan safety check list

Many caravans have been sitting idle for quite some time, because of the travel restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. 

read more
Brisbane Caravan & Outdoor Show

Brisbane Caravan & Outdoor Show

If you didn’t get to the recent Let’s Go Brisbane Caravan & Outdoor Show – only Queenslanders and captive interstate visitors could – here’s some of what you missed.

read more
New National Park for 4WD recreation

New National Park for 4WD recreation

According to The Land, the NSW Government has purchased the 121,390-hectare Avenel/Mt Westwood Station, north of Broken Hill. The combined properties were once part of Sir Sydney Kidman’s Corona Station.

read more

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.

read more
Solar motorhome concept

Solar motorhome concept

Yes, we know that this prototype solar motorhome has insufficient ground clearance for Aussie conditions, but its essence is worth investigating, we reckon.

read more
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”. 

read more
Water from the Air

Water from the Air

Watergen Ltd, a global leading company in atmospheric water generation technology, plans to launch what is said to be the world’s first built-in water generator for recreation vehicles and campers in 2022. 

read more
Toyota tackles the Taliban’s Toyota taste

Toyota tackles the Taliban’s Toyota taste

The fact that Middle Eastern, African and Afghani Islamic extremists prefer Toyotas as the base for their gunships is more than just an embarrassment for Toyota. The company is taking steps to ensure that thousands of new 300 Series wagons don’t find their way into conflict zones.

read more
Redarc’s ‘Australianised’ Toyota Tacoma

Redarc’s ‘Australianised’ Toyota Tacoma

Redarc’s US office has used the company’s successful Australian Outback experience to demonstrate what it can do for adventurers based in the USA. Redarc has tricked-out a 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road model.

read more
Isuzu MU-X seven-seater wagon preview

Isuzu MU-X seven-seater wagon preview

Ahead of the Australian launch in late-2021, the Isuzu MU-X seven-seat SUV has been previewed. Obvious from the photos are LED headlights and 20-inch wheels. Inside is a 225mm (9-inch) touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay.

read more
ARB and Ford accessories collaboration 

ARB and Ford accessories collaboration 

ARB and Ford – are collaborating to sell selected off-road accessories as Ford Licensed Accessories through participating Ford dealers in Australia from the second half of 2021.

read more

A warning for new caravan buyers 

Buyers of caravans need to be extremely careful to ensure that their proposed caravan is fully-compliant with Australia’s vehicle safety Regulations, as stated in the Australian Design Rules.

read more
Isuzu UTE Australia goes life-saving

Isuzu UTE Australia goes life-saving

With millions of people flocking to Australian beaches, safety on our beaches continues to be the top priority. To assist with keeping our patrolled shores safe, Isuzu UTE Australia is pledging support to the national symbol of beach safety, Surf Life Saving Australia, with a fleet of Isuzu D-MAX Utes and MU-X SUVs.

read more
Isuzu UTE Australia racks up 200,000 sales

Isuzu UTE Australia racks up 200,000 sales

As reported by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), by the end of February 2021 an accumulative total of 148,077 D-MAX utes and 52,038 MU-X SUVs have been delivered in Australia.

read more

Goodyear taking over Cooper

Goodyear is taking over Cooper in a deal that has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies, Cooper shareholders will receive US$41.75 per share in cash and a fixed exchange ratio of 0.907 shares of Goodyear common stock per Cooper share for a total equity value of approximately US$2.8 billion.

read more
Special-edition Land Rover Trophy Defender event

Special-edition Land Rover Trophy Defender event

Land Rover Classic is a Division of Land Rover that refurbishes second hand vehicles and resells them. This Division continuing the formidable expedition legacy of the original Defender with a limited production run of adventure-ready Defender Works V8 Trophy vehicles for an exclusive competition at Eastnor Castle in 2021. 

read more
Hummer electric ute breaks cover in the USA

Hummer electric ute breaks cover in the USA

GMC has started taking orders in the USA for its brand new all-electric Hummer crew-cab ute. Variations in power, driving range and equipment levels are available and deliveries are scheduled for 2022.

read more
Mercedes-Benz off-road electric concept vehicle

Mercedes-Benz off-road electric concept vehicle

Based on the Mercedes-Benz battery-electric EQC car is a concept vehicle that demonstrates the off-road ability of an all-electric vehicle. The EQC 4×4² shows that electrification at Mercedes-Benz goes further than the road network. 

read more
Winton’s Way Out West Festival scheduled for April 2021

Winton’s Way Out West Festival scheduled for April 2021

One of Queensland’s most anticipated music festivals, the iconic Winton’s Way Out West Festival, is scheduled for April 2021, with a star-studded line-up of more than 100 Australian artists and musicians. Way Out West is planned to run for six days and nights of entertainment in seven Outback locations.  

read more
“Where The Bloody Hell Am I?”

“Where The Bloody Hell Am I?”

The slightly modified Iconic 2006 travel slogan has been brought back by comms specialist GME as more Aussies go ‘bush’ and country icons, including Lee Kernaghan, urge Aussies to prioritise safety when exploring the great outdoors.

read more

Reflections rewards front-line health workers

To mark the start of spring Reflections Holiday Parks is calling on Australians to share their feel-good moments as part of an online initiative to give a well-deserved holiday to some of the country’s hard working frontline healthcare workers in Victoria.

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