Know Your Truck
Get ready for the most comprehensive-ever evaluation of all the popular utes on sale in Australia!
Bauer Media’s Transport and Machinery titles, in conjunction with Australia’s leading 4WD magazine, 4x4 Australia, and Australia’s leading car magazine, Wheels, has gathered together all of the popular utes for a week-long knockout to find out just what is Australia’s best ute overall.
Ford Ranger: Big and brawny and Australia’s most popular 4WD ute in 2017
Holden Colorado: 500Nm of torque can’t be wrong! That’s more than Ranger.
Isuzu D-Max: Much loved thanks to its service simplicity and reliability. The mechanic’s favourite.
Mazda BT-50: Shares much with the Ford Ranger including a 3.2-litre five-cylinder engine but generally cheaper to buy.
Mitsubishi Triton: Smaller than most competitor utes but Australia’s cheapest mainstream ute and third-best selling 4WD ute overall.
Mercedes Benz X-Class: The new ute on the block based on the Nissan Navara. This is its first outing.
Nissan Navara: Its coil sprung rear suspension has been revised after earlier load-carrying shortfalls.
Toyota Hilux: Australia’s most popular ute (and has been for years) if you add 2WD sales to its 4WD sales.
Volkswagen Amarok V6: Powerhouse V6 diesel pumps a mighty 180kW, all kept under control by full-time 4WD.
Over a gruelling five days at the Melbourne 4×4 Training and Proving Ground at Werribee near Melbourne, all of the utes will undergo a series of test to determine the winner. The tests include:
No fewer than seven judges, some with many decades of vehicle-testing experience, will conduct and oversee the tests.
Our judges include Cobey Bartels from Owner Driver, Fraser Stronach, Matt Raudonikis and Justin Walker from 4x4 Australia and Ash Westerman, Byron Mathioudakis and Daniel Gardner from Wheels.
Full results will be published both online as well as in special editions of ATN (#382 – on sale July 24), Deals on Wheels (#329 – on sale July 9), Owner Driver (#306 – on sale July 9), Earthmovers & Excavators (#348 – on sale July 23), Farms & Farm Machinery (#361 – on sale July 19), 4x4 Australia (on sale July 19) and Wheels (on sale July 12).
In the meantime, check Facebook to keep up with the action direct from this week’s shootout!
Peter Doyle | Small Business Corner
It seems we are living in an increasingly angry society.
People are steaming inside, and it doesn't take much to get them to blow their top!
We Live in An Angry Society
Every other day we see or experience anger that's gotten out of control, for example:
There is nothing wrong with anger in itself - it's a normal, human, emotion.
However it's what we do with that anger which can ruin possessions, relationships and even lives.
The Positives of Anger
Anger can be a great motivator - it can propel you into action, to address injustice or change the status quo.
Or - have you ever found yourself scrubbing the shower, or tackling an overgrown garden bed when something (or somebody) has really ticked you off?!
It's when we allow anger to manifest inappropriately, that it can cause real damage.
Anger And Relationships
It is an unfortunate fact of life, that our nearest and dearest tend to be the ones most often on the receiving end of our anger.
We've all lashed out with unkind words when we are tired, impatient, and have had a bad day, often at somebody who really doesn't deserve to be spoken to that way.
If we are lucky they forgive us and make allowances, but over time it can chisel away at even the strongest of relationships ...
At its worst, anger can result in aggression, violence and trouble with the law.
Uncontrolled anger can also take a toll on our physical health, leading to issues such as high blood pressure, muscle tension, substance abuse, heart attack, and stroke.
Anger Management Counselling
If you sense (or have been told) that your anger is getting out of hand, a psychologist can assist you with:
In anger management counselling at our Gold Coast psychology clinic, we may draw on therapeutic techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, conversations of alignment, emotional anchoring, and the use of motivational-insight cards.
In keeping with our holistic approach, we may also recommend:
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