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Review: Hyundai iX35 revised for 2014

Wayne Kampe | First Published: May 2014   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Regarded as one of the best selling SUVs in our country, the iX35 is one of Hyundai’s more popular offerings. Introduced nearly three years ago, this compact yet roomy SUV quickly gained a steady following from buyers who liked the styling, the high driving position and the over all roominess that goes hand in glove with a medium sized SUV.

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Review: Nissan Altima v6 the one to beat

Wayne Kampe | First Published: April 2014   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Nissan’s luxury Maxima sedan was always going to be a hard act to follow but the Altima looks as though it’s going to do the job with ease. As a mid-sized sedan (think of the Toyota Camry or Mazda 6 rather than Holden or Falcon) the Altima comes in 3 levels of luxury trim: ST, STL, Ti and Ti-S.

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Top Mooloolaba camping areas

Wayne Kampe | First Published: April 2014   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Nestled right on the foreshores at Mooloolaba are 2 popular Sunshine Coast Council operated holiday parks. Although they are 5 minutes’ drive apart they are both named Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park, so to avoid any confusion I’ll review them separately according to their street address.

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REVIEW: Pathfinder V6 – Bigger and Better

Wayne Kampe | First Published: March 2014   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Nissan has taken some bold steps with their new fourth generation Pathfinder. Gone is the 4x4 low range capability; likewise the diesel option. However, the newbie is larger all round, styling has been upgraded to a more conventional, smoother look and there are some terrific seating options in its very spacious interior.

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Review: Hyundai Santa FE

Wayne Kampe | First Published: February 2014   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Hyundai is fast gaining the market share held by many long-standing auto manufacturers, and its Santa Fe is regarded as a benchmark among the current range of SUVs on the market.

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Review: All outlander models upgraded

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2013   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

2014 is going to be an interesting year for car manufacturers and local distributors alike. Competition in the compact SUV market is white hot; dealers are having to work extra hard to complete a sale with buyers reaping the advantage with dollar savings sweeteners.

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Mission Beach holidays

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2013   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Imagine enjoying a tropical holiday with a whole house to yourself, a view of the Coral sea straight out of the bedroom window with blue water as far as the eye can see, a wide stretch of sandy beach close by, gentle waves lapping the sand and a coconut palm or two shimmering in the early morning breeze.

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Review: Isuzu D-Max LS-Terrain

Wayne Kampe | First Published: September 2013   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Since the release of the latest series D-Max a few years ago, Isuzu Ute Australia has progressively released new models to take on the opposition, which is pretty fierce when we consider the market niche.

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Isuzu D-Max LS-Terrain

Wayne Kampe | First Published: September 2013   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Since the release of the latest series D-Max a few years ago, Isuzu Ute Australia has progressively released new models to take on the opposition, which is pretty fierce when we consider the market niche.

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Review: Nissan’s 62 Patrol Wagon

Wayne Kampe | First Published: August 2013   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

The Y62 is Nissan’s sixth generation of Patrol wagon and it has finally been released in Australia. Having spent some on-road time with this, the most sophisticated of all Nissan Patrols, I gave it full marks in every department.

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Mitsubishi Diesel Outlander

Wayne Kampe | First Published: August 2013   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

I reviewed the 2.4L petrol Outlander, with CVT gearing, earlier this year and I gave it pretty good marks. So I had pretty high expectations for the diesel model. I’m pleased to say it didn’t disappoint.

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A quantum leap forward: Nissan’s 62 Patrol Wagon

Wayne Kampe | First Published: July 2013   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

The Y62 is Nissan’s sixth generation of Patrol wagon and it has finally been released in Australia. Having spent some on-road time with this, the most sophisticated of all Nissan Patrols, I gave it full marks in every department.

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2013 Mitsubishi Triton stays true

Wayne Kampe | First Published: June 2013   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

It looks as though we will need to wait until 2014 to see a new Mitsubishi Triton on our roads. There are some changes to the Triton line up this year but by and large Mitsubishi have decided that if they are on a good thing they will stick with it. For now at any rate!

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D-Max touring and towing

Wayne Kampe | First Published: May 2013   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

It’s been a long road for the Isuzu ute. From its first appearance as the little Isuzu Wasp utility in 1963 to the first D-Max in 2002, and now its latest version was released in 2012.

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The versatile 2013 Mitsubishi Challenger

Wayne Kampe | First Published: April 2013   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Since its introduction in 1998, the Mitsubishi Challenger has earned a reputation as a no-nonsense off roader with, perhaps, not as much aplomb as some more expensive rivals. However, it has a proven ability to get to an off road destination and back without much bother.

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2013 Mitsubishi Outlander new styling

Wayne Kampe | First Published: March 2013   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Some car manufacturers are tardy about releasing new models in these hesitant financial times, but not Mitsubishi! They are obviously on the ball with restyling to suit the market and both the Challenger and Outlander have been upgraded.

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Go and tow with Suzuki Grand Vitara 2WD

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2012   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

The 2013 model has seen some changes to the Suzuki Grand Vitara range; some visible, others not so obvious.

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Mitsubishi’s ASX AWD

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2012   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

The Mitsubishi ASX, first released two years ago in two wheel drive and all wheel drive models, has recently undergone a face lift for the forthcoming 2013 model.

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2013 Isuzu D-Max LS

Wayne Kampe | First Published: November 2012   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

The 2013 Isuzu D-Max LS has undergone its first upgrade of body styling since its original release in 2008. And what a transformation! New body shape, upgraded engine specs, and even a ladder frame chassis platform.

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Mitsubishi Outlander VRX has the lot

Wayne Kampe | First Published: October 2012   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Gracing our roads since around 2006, the sporty looking Mitsubishi Outlander is promoted as a mid sized SUV. However, a close look followed by a test drive reveals that it’s much more than that.

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Hyundai i40 wagon puts up the challenge

Wayne Kampe | First Published: September 2012   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Styled in Germany and manufactured in South Korea, Hyundai’s all new i40 wagon offers a brilliant combination of eye catching lines, generous amounts of passenger and luggage room and a frugal yet powerful diesel engine.

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Don’t overlook the Pajero

Wayne Kampe | First Published: August 2012   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

With a 10 year presence on our roads, it might be tempting to write the respected Pajero off as a has-been when we compare it with some of today’s ultra refined 4x4s, but I think this is a hasty judgement.

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Challenger gets tow-y

Wayne Kampe | First Published: July 2012   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Every time Mitsubishi Australia releases a new model they learn something new about their customers. The new 2012 Challenger was released in a 4x4 or 4x2 models, and most people who opted for the 2.5L diesel, five person wagon chose the 4x2. And why wouldn’t you when you get the same fantastic performance for $3500 less money!

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Mighty Mazda BT50

Wayne Kampe | First Published: June 2012   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

The all new 2012 BT50 is a design Mazda should be very pleased with. They have brought the BT50 from a mid-range, average 4WD utility to a well-designed and powerful class leader.

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Tune your suspension

Wayne Kampe | First Published: June 2012   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Thinking of taking the off roader on an extended inland trip on dusty tracks? Or will it be loaded to the hilt and heading to places with the camper trailer in tow? Either way your vehicle will be earning its keep!

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2012 Triton packs a punch

Wayne Kampe | First Published: May 2012   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

In the world of 4WD utes, things don’t sit still for long. The VW Amarok has earned a lot of kudos since its introduction, with more models imminent. Many competitors vie for the tradie’s and recreational angler’s dollar so why should the Mitsubishi Triton be left out of the mix? Especially when you see just what it has to offer.

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Review: 2012 Ford Ranger supreme

Wayne Kampe | First Published: April 2012   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Anyone would think that the 2012 Ford Ranger was new to the Australian market, as all of a sudden everyone is talking about this big ute with renewed enthusiasm.

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IPF special offer

Wayne Kampe | First Published: April 2012   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

It amazes me that so many modern 4WDs have such poor headlights. Nothing is more important than having the best possible visibility during extended night driving, especially in poor conditions like rain and mist. Yet all it takes is a set of IPF lights to clear the way.

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2012 Ford Ranger supreme

Wayne Kampe | First Published: April 2012   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Anyone would think that the 2012 Ford Ranger was new to the Australian market, as all of a sudden everyone is talking about this big ute with renewed enthusiasm.

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DOING IT EASY IN THE ISUZU D-MAX LS UTE

Wayne Kampe | First Published: February 2012   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

The Isuzu D-Max utility is a workhorse with a refined character, thanks to its high degree of ride comfort, roomy interior and a smooth, tractable diesel engine.

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