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Boat towing is never an effort with this all-wheel drive and its 2.5t braked trailer capability.

Mahindra have a pretty tough proving ground for their line of heavy duty 4x4 utes and SUV people movers – India, where the vehicles are manufactured. Before we have an in-depth look at Mahindra’s seven-seater XUV500 all-wheel drive, here’s some interesting background.
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Get to Borumba this autumn
Wayne Kampe | March 2017

Weed and lily edges beckon the angler in many sections of Borumba Dam.

Borumba Dam is a unique impoundment and, unsurprisingly, is a great favourite with many anglers.
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Hot hatch: Suzuki Vitara Turbo
Wayne Kampe | February 2017

Looking every part the SUV, the Vitara is a handy vehicle for the young and young at heart.

Suzuki has made an art form of releasing new models at just the right intervals to make a good impression on potential buyers. First came the neat Vitara SUV with a four-cylinder 1.6L petrol engine in both manual and auto guise, outputting 86kW of power and 156Nm of torque. Then the punchy 1.6L common rail direct injection turbo diesel (another four-cylinder engine) came onto and stole the scene, thanks to it’s well-tuned output of 88kW of power and 320Nm of torque – double the torque of the 1.6L petrol model.
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Tactics for better summer camping
Wayne Kampe | December 2016

Camping at Arthurs Lake, Tasmania, the author supported the tent fly with a lot of poles and ropes, as strong winds were forecast.

Summer’s with us and there’s hardly a better way of enjoying this great time of year than to camp next to lovely water with our fishy friends nearby. For those who haven’t done a lot of camping but want to give it a go, here’s a look at some things that can make camping as easy and unfussed as possible.
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Prior to this review, I hadn’t seen many Mahindra Pik-Up utes around the city. In country towns, they’re no rarity. A run to the New England area surprised me, as I saw two in Tenterfield alone. Dirty, unwashed, with tools of trade and drums of chemicals in one, a stock crate in the other, it was fairly obvious that land owners had seen the great value for money in these Pik-Up utes. It made me feel a big smug to think we had the Trek camper trailer on the back of my loan car and were heading bush for a couple of days of fishing.
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Superb Suzuki Vitara diesel SUV
Wayne Kampe | October 2016

Introduced mid last year, the stylish five seat Suzuki Vitara has been a standout SUV right from its release. This mid-sized wagon with character, charm, and a host of useful driver-friendly accessories. The initial offerings were powered by a 1.6L petrol engine, which was adequate, but hardly earth shattering. It did the job, revved a bit when pressed hard off the mark, but was all round okay for commuting and highway runs. I towed our Trek Kudu trailer with one, easily.
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Nissan Navara RX
Wayne Kampe | September 2016

The Navara King Cab RX is a great asset for the boat owner who needs a work vehicle that doubles as a sturdy tow unit for weekends.

It’s been said before, but I’ll say it again: the Australian ute buyer has never had it so good! We are definitely spoilt for choice at the moment. Take the Nissan Navara for instance. Released last year with great fanfare, the new model NP300 actually lived up to the hype. It comes in a choice of petrol or twin turbo diesel engines, with options for coil springs at the rear or a leaf spring set up.
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Korr HKC 6000 camper trailer
Wayne Kampe | September 2016

The Korr HKC-6000 ready for set up.

The HKC-6000 camper trailer, like many great ideas, came about as the result of adversity.
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Isuzu D-Max SX auto
Wayne Kampe | August 2016

Easy power from the Isuzu 3L diesel saw a fuel consumption of 8.3L per 100km on a run to and from Moogerah Dam.

Gone are the days when a work ute sat idle over the weekend, the engine cold until Monday morning. These days the humble ute is a rising star in the recreation scene, with some of the more upmarket utes now giving the large 4x4 wagons a run for their money when it comes to market share. Thanks to high levels of creature comforts and enhanced tow capacity to 3.5 tonnes, modern utilities are now a common sight in front of caravans, camper trailers and boats.
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