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

ZF electric vehicle initiatives

ZF electric vehicle initiatives

Global technology company ZF previewed electric vehicle initiatives in February 2024. Highlights were an electro-mechanical braking system and a magnet-free electric motor.

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.

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.

Cummins fined for emissions-cheating device usage

Cummins fined for emissions-cheating device usage

Truck engine maker Cummins Inc has been fined US$1.675 billion (around A$2.5 billion) for installing so-called ‘defeat devices’ on hundreds of thousands of I6, 6.7-litre engines, fitted to RAM utes, to allow them to emit excess pollution.

ZF electric vehicle initiatives

ZF electric vehicle initiatives

Global technology company ZF previewed electric vehicle initiatives in February 2024. Highlights were an electro-mechanical braking system and a magnet-free electric motor.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
Cummins fined for emissions-cheating device usage

Cummins fined for emissions-cheating device usage

Truck engine maker Cummins Inc has been fined US$1.675 billion (around A$2.5 billion) for installing so-called ‘defeat devices’ on hundreds of thousands of I6, 6.7-litre engines, fitted to RAM utes, to allow them to emit excess pollution.

read more
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.

read more
Jeep’s Rubicon Trail adventure turned 70 in 2023 

Jeep’s Rubicon Trail adventure turned 70 in 2023 

The famed Rubicon Trail in the USA is the pinnacle off-road travel experience in the Jeep Jamboree calendar and the event had its 70th anniversary in 2023. Outback Travel Australia scored a drive across the Rubicon back in 1998, making this our 25th anniversary year.

read more
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.

read more
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. 

read more

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’.

read more
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.

read more
Birdsville Big Red Bash celebration of Tina Turner

Birdsville Big Red Bash celebration of Tina Turner

The Birdsville Big Red Bash, the world’s most remote music festival, is gearing up for an unforgettable celebration of Tina Turner’s legacy with a newly created tribute on July 6 that will follow a hotly anticipated Big Red Bash Nutbush world record attempt.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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. 

read more
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.

read more
Land Rover Classic limited release

Land Rover Classic limited release

The 2023 Classic Defender Works V8 Islay Edition was inspired by a Series IIa Land Rover owned and used by Land Rover founder, Spencer Wilks and the Hebridean island where he holidayed.

read more
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.

read more
LDV’s electric ute joke

LDV’s electric ute joke

LDV has launched the Australian market’s first electric ute, the eT60. It’s stupidly expensive, under-equipped and has a totally impractical rear axle design.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
Dengue fever warning for travellers

Dengue fever warning for travellers

Dengue virus disease (dengue fever, or ‘dengue’) is a viral disease spread by mosquitoes in many tropical and subtropical parts of the world including Africa, Asia, South America and parts of Australia.

read more
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.

read more
Outback music event line-ups announced

Outback music event line-ups announced

Two of Australia’s biggest blockbuster outback music events – the Birdsville Big Red Bash and Broken Hill Mundi Mundi Bash – have announced stacked 2023 artist line-ups.

read more
Hino is in big, big trouble

Hino is in big, big trouble

Hino Motors will suspend shipments of around 60-percent of its truck range from Japan until further notice. Apparently, Australia-bound Hino 4×4 models aren’t affected.

read more

You can’t buy a new 70 Series now

Toyota Australia has stopped taking orders for the LandCruiser 70 Series, due to supply and demand factors that have resulted in years-long wait times for customers.

read more
Unimogs for the SES

Unimogs for the SES

The New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES) has taken delivery of three Mercedes-Benz Trucks Unimog emergency response vehicles.

read more
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.

read more
‘Ask Benny,’ says Projecta. 

‘Ask Benny,’ says Projecta. 

Electrical systems specialist company, Projecta, has set up a technical support forum on Facebook. One of the tech experts is Projecta’s long-serving employee, Benny. 

read more
Outback Travel Trio from Big Red Gear

Outback Travel Trio from Big Red Gear

We were very impressed with the value for money represented by Big Red Gear’s trio of LED driving lights and light bar. BRG has now made an Outback Travel Trio of this lighting combination, available for only $385.

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
ZF electric vehicle initiatives

ZF electric vehicle initiatives

Global technology company ZF previewed electric vehicle initiatives in February 2024. Highlights were an electro-mechanical braking system and a magnet-free electric motor.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
Cummins fined for emissions-cheating device usage

Cummins fined for emissions-cheating device usage

Truck engine maker Cummins Inc has been fined US$1.675 billion (around A$2.5 billion) for installing so-called ‘defeat devices’ on hundreds of thousands of I6, 6.7-litre engines, fitted to RAM utes, to allow them to emit excess pollution.

read more
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.

read more
Jeep’s Rubicon Trail adventure turned 70 in 2023 

Jeep’s Rubicon Trail adventure turned 70 in 2023 

The famed Rubicon Trail in the USA is the pinnacle off-road travel experience in the Jeep Jamboree calendar and the event had its 70th anniversary in 2023. Outback Travel Australia scored a drive across the Rubicon back in 1998, making this our 25th anniversary year.

read more
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.

read more
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. 

read more

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’.

read more
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.

read more
Birdsville Big Red Bash celebration of Tina Turner

Birdsville Big Red Bash celebration of Tina Turner

The Birdsville Big Red Bash, the world’s most remote music festival, is gearing up for an unforgettable celebration of Tina Turner’s legacy with a newly created tribute on July 6 that will follow a hotly anticipated Big Red Bash Nutbush world record attempt.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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. 

read more
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.

read more
Land Rover Classic limited release

Land Rover Classic limited release

The 2023 Classic Defender Works V8 Islay Edition was inspired by a Series IIa Land Rover owned and used by Land Rover founder, Spencer Wilks and the Hebridean island where he holidayed.

read more
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.

read more
LDV’s electric ute joke

LDV’s electric ute joke

LDV has launched the Australian market’s first electric ute, the eT60. It’s stupidly expensive, under-equipped and has a totally impractical rear axle design.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
Dengue fever warning for travellers

Dengue fever warning for travellers

Dengue virus disease (dengue fever, or ‘dengue’) is a viral disease spread by mosquitoes in many tropical and subtropical parts of the world including Africa, Asia, South America and parts of Australia.

read more
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.

read more
Outback music event line-ups announced

Outback music event line-ups announced

Two of Australia’s biggest blockbuster outback music events – the Birdsville Big Red Bash and Broken Hill Mundi Mundi Bash – have announced stacked 2023 artist line-ups.

read more
Hino is in big, big trouble

Hino is in big, big trouble

Hino Motors will suspend shipments of around 60-percent of its truck range from Japan until further notice. Apparently, Australia-bound Hino 4×4 models aren’t affected.

read more

You can’t buy a new 70 Series now

Toyota Australia has stopped taking orders for the LandCruiser 70 Series, due to supply and demand factors that have resulted in years-long wait times for customers.

read more
Unimogs for the SES

Unimogs for the SES

The New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES) has taken delivery of three Mercedes-Benz Trucks Unimog emergency response vehicles.

read more
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.

read more
‘Ask Benny,’ says Projecta. 

‘Ask Benny,’ says Projecta. 

Electrical systems specialist company, Projecta, has set up a technical support forum on Facebook. One of the tech experts is Projecta’s long-serving employee, Benny. 

read more
Outback Travel Trio from Big Red Gear

Outback Travel Trio from Big Red Gear

We were very impressed with the value for money represented by Big Red Gear’s trio of LED driving lights and light bar. BRG has now made an Outback Travel Trio of this lighting combination, available for only $385.

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!

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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