ISUZU UTE SMASHES SALES RECORDS

The popularity of the new look D-MAX utes and MU-X wagons amongst the Aussie touring sector has been confirmed.
The sales figures are in, with over 3,500 new Isuzu vehicle registrations were delivered through June, smashing the previous sales record out of the park.
Isuzu have chalked up a great deal of the success to the new 3L turbo diesel drive train that was developed specifically for the Australian market, and its ability to produce a gutsy 430Nm of torque.
The end of financial year provided Isuzu with its strongest six months on record, with sales already topping 12,000 for the year so far.
June’s VFACTS reporting has offered further promising data for the Japanese automaker, with the D-MAX placing fifth in the LCV segment (4x2 and 4x4 combined), with a second place only behind the Toyota HiLux in the 4x2 segment.
You can also expect to see Carlisle and the team up in the deep north in a fully worked D-MAX touring beast for the next couple of months, as they embark on Series 6.

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ISUZU UTE APPOINTS NEW HEAD HONCHO

Isuzu-headRiding a tide of success after well-received updates to the D-MAX and MU-X, Isuzu Ute are determined to continue the upward trend with the announcement of a new managing director.
The incoming head honcho, Hiro Kuramote, has already set up shop in Brisbane and will take the reigns of Australia’s most dynamic offroad automaker in July, and he comes with over 20 years experience working in senior positions at Isuzu.
Outgoing boss Yasu Takeuchi gave the following reference for a bloke who’s earned a solid rep as one of the sharpest minds in the Asian auto game— “
Hiro brings vast experience from leadership roles in one of the world’s most competitive automotive markets and I’m delighted to hand the reins to someone with that capability and perspective to lead IUA’s future success.”
The new bossman said,“Yasu and the team at IUA have put me in the privileged position and I look forward to the exciting challenge of leading IUA to the next level of its prosperity – focusing not only on sustainable sales growth but also increasing our customer satisfaction and retention.”

We’ll be keeping an ear to the ground for any updates once Mr Kuramote assumes his new role.

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THE ULTIMATE SOLUTION

Ultimate Matting from Clark Rubber protects your vehicle and gear.

Allowing your camping gear or tools to rattle around in the back of the ute or wagon is a surefire way to wrack up some expensive damages, particularly when bumping down uneven offroad tracks or long corrugated roads. Your vehicle is also bound to eventually suffer some scrapes and damage too, which is unnecessary and can be costly.

Clark Rubber’s Ultimate Matting is a handy solution to this problem. It’s a versatile rubber matting product that’s unbelievably durable and damage resistant and can be cut to size to fit the back of your ute, wagon or trailer. Ultimate Matting is around 20% thicker than standard ute matting, so it can really stand up to some heavy use offroad. It’s also UV stabilised, so perfect for lining the tub or tray of your ute where it will be exposed to the elements.

 

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COMP WINNER TAKES HOME MAXTRAX + DVD BUNDLE!

Season Five of 4WD Touring Australia is currently airing on Channel One at 4:30pm on Saturdays and it’s our most exciting season yet! We worked with a bunch of awesome sponsors to film this series, in every corner of the continent. One brand that produces an amazing product, and has been with us from the very beginning, is MAXTRAX.
MAXTRAX are the gold standard in traction aids, and we’ve got a pair to give away each week! Adam Poole won this week’s giveaway by answering the simple question we posted last weekend.
As well as a set of MAXTRAX traction aids, Adam scores a DVD bundle featuring every episode of 4WD Touring Australia seasons one to four. Make sure to tune in this Saturday at 5pm on Channel One to catch the ninth and final episode so you can nail this week’s question and take home the prize!

Enter this week's competition here!
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PARTSALES IS YOUR NEW ONE-STOP PARTS SHOP

If you’re anything like us, the build up process of your 4WD is somewhat of a moveable feast, ever present and never far from mind. The list of parts and accessories that are required seems to stretch towards infinity.
In some ways, we’re better placed than ever before when it comes to customising 4WDs, but in other ways, it could be argued that there’s too much choice.
A generation ago, 4WDers were limited to choosing from the parts and accessories stocked by their local workshop, nowadays the list of manufacturers and suppliers available online is essentially endless.

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D-MAX’S 2017 FACELIFT

A brochure that’s been leaked online by an employee from an Isuzu outlet has spilled the beans on an incoming set of updates that Isuzu had in store for the 2017 spec D-MAX.
The major improvement being the reworked 3L four-cylinder diesel 4JJ1 engine. While top end power remains stable at 130Kw at 3,600rpm, the noticeable increase was found at the lower end of the rev spectrum.
The 2017 model offers 430Nm torque at 2,000rpm, a handy increase over the 2016 model, which offered 380Nm at the same revs.
The updated powerplant has been equipped with a diesel particulate filter in order to bring it in line with Euro 5 standards, while a raft of other under-bonnet updates have been made to the fuel pump, pistons, injectors and turbo.
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TOYOTA UNVEIL NEW 70 SERIES LANDCRUISER RANGE

THE BEST JUST GOT BETTER 

Exciting times as 4WD Touring Australia witness the unveiling of a new era in 4WDing.

After more than 30 years as Toyota’s toughest export, and over 100,000km of locally conducted ‘torture testing’, the reengineered single cab chassis 79 Series ute is set to achieve the maximum five star ANCAP safety rating, while the entire 70 Series receives an impressive array of updates.
The 76 Series wagon, 78 Series Troopcarrier and 79 Series single and dual cab utes are all due to receive updated safety electronics, cruise control and engine updates to bring them in line with Euro-5 standards.

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ARB’S OFFROAD ICONS TRIP

In a nostalgic tip of the hat to Australia’s 4WDing heritage, offroad aftermarket powerhouse ARB has rounded up four of the most iconic vehicles to ever grace our tracks and trails and will be taking them on an 11-day, 2,500km odyssey across the Simpson Desert as a celebration of their landmark 40th anniversary.
The journey will be undertaken by the four iconic vehicles; a Toyota 40 Series, Nissan GQ Patrol, 5th generation Toyota HiLux and Land Rover Defender, plus a few modern day counterparts, four ARB staff, a support crew and some international media.

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REDARC TO DOUBLE WORKFORCE

Australian electronics and tech industry leaders and REDARC recently announced that they’re set to double the company’s workforce over the next four years as part of a huge expansion of its Adelaide base.
The expansion is being fuelled by a $2.5 million Federal Government Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Programme grant, announced in August by the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Greg Hunt.

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OUR FAVOURITE 4WD PARKS

Five of the best 4WD fun parks in the land.

When you’re leaning on your shovel at the worksite or gazing out your office window fantasising about living out of the back of your fourby for weeks on end, where do you dream of?
For me, it’s usually the New South Wales far north coast. Warm water, endless beach runs and epic fishing. Plus it’s totally comfortable and acceptable to dress in nothing more than board shorts, wife beater and a pair of doable pluggers for most of the year.
I know plenty of others are fixated on the lush plains and swollen rivers of Cape York, while countless hearts belong to the outback. The problem with all of these stunning places is just how far they’re removed from most of our day-to-day realities.
The fact that we can’t just down tools and head to these places for a daytrip is how they manage to remain pristine and pure. But it’s little solace when we manage to score an RDO or half a weekend to ourselves and need to scratch the itch to get the wheels dirty.
In these situations, I really don’t think you can go past a visit to a good 4WD park. There are some absolutely first class offroad fun parks located around the country, and most of them within easy range of capital cities and major population centres.

 

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