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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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The kit is compact and easy to set up and comes in a carry case with all power leads and connections.

Korr lighting have provided the camper with some great products over the years, but this one is especially handy when heading to areas where insects are a real pest. As an example, I recently had the privilege of spending time up on Cape York.
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Mitsubishi Pajero Sport takes the lead
Wayne Kampe | July 2016

The Pajero Sport is great in the bush, making easy work of a run to a cod hole.

As replacement for the Challenger, the new Pajero Sport appears to have taken off from where its predecessor finished and then raised the bar.
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Hyundai Santa Fe ticks the boxes
Wayne Kampe | June 2016

While best kept on forest trails or some form of road or track, the Santa Fe is one SUV that can take passengers well into the country in true comfort and style.

Hyundai’s Santa Fe has been gracing our roads for a few years now, and you wouldn’t think Hyundai could make such a good vehicle even better. However, with the extra refinements they’ve incorporated into this year’s new model, they’ve done just that.
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The Islander on South Stradbroke Island
Wayne Kampe | June 2016

An impressive sight: The Islander holiday home as seen from the jetty attached to the property.

South Stradbroke Island: have you been there yet? I hope so, it’s such a great place!
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Suzuki Vitara revisited: 5 speed
Wayne Kampe | May 2016

The manual Vitara easily saw the author and his wife enjoying some high country cod fishing.

A few issues back I reviewed the excellent Suzuki Vitara wagon in top-shelf AWD specification, complete with sun roof and 6-speed auto shifter. As good as the auto All Grip drive was, I was also quite impressed with the five-speed manual 2WD Vitara. During the test drive it provided quite high comfort levels along with great fuel economy on a mix of city driving and some prolonged country runs. The 2WD Vitara might be a base vehicle within the range but it’s a long way from being a basic motor vehicle.
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