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

Boating cost sting in NSW

Boating cost sting in NSW

The NSW Government is set to hit the boating public and industry with the highest taxes in the nation from 1st July, according to the Boating Industry Association (BIA). 

Ranger Nick

Ranger Nick

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

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.

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.

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.

Boating cost sting in NSW

Boating cost sting in NSW

The NSW Government is set to hit the boating public and industry with the highest taxes in the nation from 1st July, according to the Boating Industry Association (BIA). 

read more
Ranger Nick

Ranger Nick

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

read more
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.

read more
GMC Yukon arrives Down Under

GMC Yukon arrives Down Under

GMSV has released images of a right-hand drive 2025MY GMC Yukon wagon on test in Australia. Customer deliveries are scheduled for 2025.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more

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…

read more
Ineos Fusilier previewed

Ineos Fusilier previewed

Ineos Automotive has previewed its Fusilier battery-electric powertrain (BEV) and range-extended electric powertrain (REEV) models.

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
Boating cost sting in NSW

Boating cost sting in NSW

The NSW Government is set to hit the boating public and industry with the highest taxes in the nation from 1st July, according to the Boating Industry Association (BIA). 

read more
Ranger Nick

Ranger Nick

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

read more
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.

read more
GMC Yukon arrives Down Under

GMC Yukon arrives Down Under

GMSV has released images of a right-hand drive 2025MY GMC Yukon wagon on test in Australia. Customer deliveries are scheduled for 2025.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more

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…

read more
Ineos Fusilier previewed

Ineos Fusilier previewed

Ineos Automotive has previewed its Fusilier battery-electric powertrain (BEV) and range-extended electric powertrain (REEV) models.

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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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