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4 x 4 Australia - - Contents - MATT RAUDONIKIS

THERE are some in­ter­est­ing in­sights in Deano’s Bulldust col­umn this month on the chang­ing per­cep­tions peo­ple have of four-wheel driv­ers. I guess it was in­evitable that peo­ple would be­come more ac­cept­ing of 4WDS when ev­ery sec­ond per­son is driv­ing an SUV or 4x4 ute. When I’m driv­ing around town I al­ways try not to be the per­son in a 4WD that cuts some­one off in traf­fic – the one who fu­els the fire of anti-4x4 sen­ti­ment. How­ever, these days, the car I’m let­ting in or wav­ing through is just as likely to be a 4x4 or SUV of some sort. They are the cho­sen mode of trans­port for Aus­tralian fam­i­lies and, with Aus­tralian car man­u­fac­tur­ing end­ing this year, and with it the large sedans Aussie fam­i­lies once loved, there will be more folks buy­ing into the SUV fold in the fu­ture.

The car com­pa­nies are en­sur­ing there is no lack of choice in the seg­ment, with hun­dreds of new SUVS on the mar­ket – un­for­tu­nately for us, the num­ber of ve­hi­cles with au­then­tic off-road abil­ity aren’t grow­ing as quickly.

In the New Year we’ll have the Jeep JL Wran­gler to look for­ward to, as it prom­ises to keep the tra­di­tion alive with live axles hang­ing off a sep­a­rate chas­sis and a host of fea­tures that will stay true to Jeep her­itage.

Suzuki has shown its all-new Jimny, which is also set for a 2018 launch and, while de­tails are still thin as we go to print, we hope it will con­tinue to be the great lit­tle off-roader it al­ways has been. There will be a few changes for

4X4 Australia mag­a­zine in 2018 as well. For a start, we’re try­ing to bring the cover date back in line with the cal­en­dar; so when you see the next is­sue (is­sue 408) which comes out in De­cem­ber, it won’t be la­belled Jan­uary. Is­sue 409 will be the Jan­uary 2018 edi­tion and it will be com­ing out in, be­lieve it or not, Jan­uary!

We hope it doesn’t cause too much con­fu­sion, but it should make it more log­i­cal in the long run.

The mag will look a bit dif­fer­ent as well, specif­i­cally with how our reg­u­lar col­umns are de­liv­ered. They’ll be al­ter­nat­ing from month to month with their tales and sto­ries from around the coun­try. We will be los­ing Viv Moon’s Camp Cook page from the mag­a­zine which, af­ter near-on 30 years of recipes, has kept many a camp well fed. If you miss Viv’s camp recipes, you’ll still be able to find them via her cook­books and on­line at Ron and Viv’s website.

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