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NZ4WD July 2021

NZ4WD is for people interested in 4WD vehicles and the lifestyle activities associated with them. It covers a range of topics of interest to the 4WD vehicle buyer and driver. It aims to provide a wide range of information covering vehicle selection (new and used), 4WD destinations both New Zeland and International, accessories and upgrading, 4WD clubs and 4WD sport, lifestyle activities associated with 4WD, adventure and track stories and technical articles

New Zealand
Adrenalin Publishing Ltd
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12 Issues

in this issue

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in the mag this month

Speaking (OK ‘writing’) as someone who makes a living from putting his thoughts down on paper I’ve always thought that the Editor’s page was much too valuable a space to waste on simply listing ‘what’s in the mag this month.’ Yet that’s what I find myself doing this month, not, however, because (as I suspect is what happens in most cases) I have run out of time, inspiration and/or ideas. But because this month, more than any other in my recent memory, what’s in the magazine – and by definition the website which operates in parallel to it, and the electronic newsletter which comes out at the same time – is as true a representation of the 4WD ‘scene’ in this country as it is possible to get. New Zealand, for…

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new highlander showcases toyota’s hybrid tech

Toyota here is continuing to drive towards lower emissions for New Zealand customers with a fuel efficient and environmentally conscious new Toyota Highlander line-up for 2021. Following the success of the RAV4 hybrid, the 2021 Highlander becomes the ninth model in the current Toyota range to feature a hybrid powertrain. There is now a hybrid variant in almost every passenger vehicle offering from Yaris through to Highlander. Steve Prangnell, Toyota New Zealand General Manager of New Vehicle Sales and Product Planning, says one in three of the company’s new vehicle sales are now hybrid. The 2021 Toyota Highlander features a stylish, family-friendly design with significantly improved safety and advanced technology. The new hybrid variants will feature a revised version of the 2.5L petrol engine used in the RAV4, and an upgraded hybrid system.…

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suzki adds safari model to local jimny line-up

The new, limited edition, NZ-market only Safari from Suzuki NZ is clearly distinguished by a black ARB Base roof rack with side trade rails and wind deflector, a set of larger section Maxxis Bravo 980 all-terrain 215/75R15 tyres fitted to the black steel rims, matching mudflaps front and rear, a large rear cargo tray and Safari decals on the rear wheel cover. The 1.5 litre/five-speed manual Safari launches with a recommended retail price of $29,990 plus on-road costs and is additional to the range that also comprises the standard JX manual, and Sierra with manual or automatic transmission. ALLGRIP ‘Pro’ selectable four-wheel-drive incorporates three driving modes with 2H for two-wheel-drive high gearing, 4H for four-wheel-drive high gearing and 4L for four-wheel-drive low gearing. Standard Safari spec. includes six airbags, cruise control, air…

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new nz-made diesel tent heater

Unlike a lot of Kiwis, I really feel the cold, and as I get older, I am enjoying less and less the prospect of climbing into a cold tent and sleeping bag at the end of a hard day’s driving. I’ve also been away a lot with my friend Aaron Rich and his family and have always been envious of them with their large family tent and diesel heater. About a month before my final guiding trip of the season, Aaron and I were discussing our various projects and he told me that he was seriously considering producing diesel heaters for the NZ market. Answer to my prayers He asked me what I thought, and I immediately said that it would be the answer to my prayers and signed up for the first prototype…

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JULY 16TH – 18TH Off Road Racing NZ Title Enduro Championship Hosted by Nelson Offroad Racing Club . Enduro event. www.oranz.co.nz JULY 31ST – AUGUST 1ST Ultra4 New Zealand: Round 1 At Makarau, Auckland. Fast-flowing short course into farmland with various obstacles to tackle (approx. one hour North of Auckland CBD).Enquires email info@ultra4newzealand.com or via Facebook page www.facebook.com/ULTRA4NZ/ AUGUST 7TH Off Road Racing NZ Short Course Championship Hosted by Taranaki Offroad Racing Club at TORC Track. Short Course. www.oranz.co.nz AUGUST 20TH – 21ST Off Road Racing North Island Championship; Round 2 Woodhill Hosted by Auckland Offroad Racing Club at Woodhill. Enduro Course. www.oranz.co.nz SEPTEMBER 18TH Off Road Racing North Island Championship: Round 3 Hosted by All Terrain Racing Club. Venue to be confirmed. Short Course. www.oranz.co.nz OCTOBER 23RD – 25TH NZFWDA National 4x4 Trial: Round 1 Hosted by Eastern Bay Twin…

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fisher – king of nelson enduro

Nelson driver Dan Fisher won the second southern round of the 2021 New Zealand Offroad Racing Championship, a 250 km forest-based enduro at Nelson in May. Starting from sixth place on a wet track, he carved through the cars in front over the opening 120 km of the race to hit the lead and was never headed, finishing with a seven minute advantage. Fisher said his qualifying sprint for the race in Spooners Forest southwest of Nelson set him up to ‘eat a lot of road grit’ as he pushed through from a single-flag start to overtake his rivals and lead. “Once we were in clear air we pulled a decent lead. Then for the next 11 laps we extended the distance of our lead to 7 mins and drove a well-executed race…