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Mitsubishi ASX Diesel SUV

Wayne Kampe | First Published: September 2011   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

How long is it since you sat behind the wheel of a comfortable five seater car that was using 4.5L per 100km while driving it at 110km/h?

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Nifty Nissan X-Trail Ti 2.5L Petrol

Wayne Kampe | First Published: August 2011   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

The X-Trail has been a winner for Nissan right from its release back in 2001. It is a crossover vehicle with options for either two wheel or all wheel drive, and an ideal size for family use and fun on weekends with its huge rear load space.

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Somerset Serenity

Wayne Kampe | First Published: August 2011   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Somerset Dam is famed for its bass fishing, especially at this time of year, so it seems timely to have a look at winter camping facilities around the dam.

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HYUNDAI ix35 COMPACT SUV

Wayne Kampe | First Published: June 2011   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

At a glance at the state of the art Euro accented styling of Hyundai’s ix35, its hard to believe its a replacement for the successful Tucson. Gone are the boxy lines of the Tucson; replaced by the rakish, curvaceous, lines of the new comer courtesy of Hyundai’s German design centre at Russelsheim.

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Nissan Patrol Diesel Seven Seater Wagon

Wayne Kampe | First Published: May 2011   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Nissan’s four cylinder, 3L diesel GU Patrol has been around for well over a decade and is still as impressive as it was back in 1997 when it was released. Back then, the GU Patrol charmed the socks off buyers with its new streamlined looks and surprising agility for such a large seven seat vehicle.

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Enjoy The Drive: Mitsubishi’s ASX Petrol Auto

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2010   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Released in the latter part of 2010, the neat Mitsubishi ASX has been earning praise from reviewers and new owners from the outset.

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SUZUKI GRAND VITARA V6 4X4

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2010   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

I’ve test driven a few Suzuki Grand Vitara 4WD, but not one that was fitted with a tow bar. Therefore I jumped at the opportunity to hook up the TABS 4.2 Bullshark with its 25hp power trim and tilt Evinrude E-Tec on the transom to really see what this vehicle could handle.

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Isuzu D-Max Auto

Wayne Kampe | First Published: October 2010   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

I’ve had the pleasure of driving manual gearshift Isuzu D-Max utes in the last year but I always wondered how an auto might fare.

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Toyota Hilux SR 4X4 Petrol

Wayne Kampe | First Published: July 2010   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

There’s no question about it: the Toyota Hilux has come a long way since its introduction to the Australian market back in 1968.

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Impressive Toyota Prado

Wayne Kampe | First Published: March 2010   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

The 2010, fourth generation Landcruiser Prado represents Toyota's spearhead into the Australian WD and SUV market.

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Super Land Cruiser 200 V8

Wayne Kampe | First Published: May 2009   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

It's not often that I test drive a new motor car and then start submitting a round of Lotto and Power Ball entries but after spending driving the powerful but entirely docile LC200 wagon that's exactly what I did. I liked the car that much.

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Suzuki Grand Vitara Varieties

Wayne Kampe | First Published: April 2009   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

I don't often have the opportunity of reviewing two cars back to back but when the opportunity came to review the Grand Vitara three door petrol and Grand Vitara five door turbo diesel respectively I grabbed it with both hands.

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FRUGAL NISSAN X TRAIL DIESEL AUTO

Wayne Kampe | First Published: March 2009   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Nissan have staked a fair bit on the introduction of the diesel derivative of their popular X-Trail wagon, as a lot of motorists are comparing fuel costs with fuel economy and giving oil burners the tick. Especially considering no one can reliably predict which direction fuel prices will go next.

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Work Or Play in the Nissan Navara ST-X King Cab Ute

Wayne Kampe | First Published: March 2009   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

The Nissan ST-X Navara in 2.5L turbo diesel specification has a lot going for it when it comes to carrying capacity, enjoyment of driving, and performance. And it's pretty clever, too.

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SUZUKI GRAND VITARA PRESTIGE

Wayne Kampe | First Published: February 2009   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Upgraded in mid 2008 the Suzuki Grand Vitara is now slightly different in styling with redesigned grille and front bumper plus changes to the dash panel. A tad longer, more power under the bonnet, and now available in both 3 and 5 door models with engine choices ranging from 2.4L four cylinder or 3.2L quad cam V6 through to the diesel with it's 1.9L four cylinder power plant.

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Ozcape Slide-on Camper

Dave Donald | First Published: February 2009   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

What is the ideal configuration for an angler who wants to camp in comfort? There are certainly some elaborate tents around but finding space for all the necessary camp accessories can be a problem, not to mention the time it takes to put up and pull down the whole show.

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Lightweight Suzuki Jimny Packs A Punch

Wayne Kampe | First Published: November 2008   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

The Suzuki Jimny design has been going since 1988 but has resisted the newest trend to upsize. And this compact four wheel drive is as popular as ever.

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Cruisy Suzi Vitara

Wayne Kampe | First Published: August 2008   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Suzuki's Grand Vitara diesel certainly created a stir at its release in February this year. The concept was brilliant – Suzuki's style, comfort and outstanding off road ability in a package that is cheaper to register and run than previous models.

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Bigger and better Nissan X-Trail

Wayne Kampe | First Published: April 2008   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

The new Nissan X-Trail has changed in one dramatic way – it’s bigger. Deciding to stay with a shape that buyers were obviously happy with, Nissan simply enlarged the X-Trail to give it more interior room and a new look.

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Super smooth tourer: The Mitsubishi Outland V6

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2007   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Mid last year I took the Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4L four cylinder for a test drive and was pretty happy with its performance. I reflected at the time, that if the four was this good, I wondered just how good the V6 version would be. I am pleased to report that it didn’t disappoint and the ride was as impressive as expected.

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Super-smooth tourer: The Mitsubishi Outland V6

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2007   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Last year I took the Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4L four-cylinder for a test drive and was pretty happy with its performance. I thought at the time that if the four was this good, just how good the V6 version would be. I am pleased to report that it didn’t disappoint and the ride was as impressive as expected.

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Land Rover wins 4WD of the Year Award

Tag | First Published: May 2005   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Land Rover's all-new Discovery 3 SE TdV6 has scooped its first Australian accolade, winning the Overlander Magazine 4WD of the Year award. Other finalists were the BMW X5 3.0d, Ford Territory TS, Land Rover Discovery 3 SE V8, Nissan Patrol ST 3.0TD and Ssangyong RX270 Sport Plus.

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