Outback Imports is excited to announce the addition of 3 new models to our lineup. With the arrival of the 1KZ engine (3.0 litre turbo-diesel) to the Toyota family in late 1993, there is now an alternative to the infamous 2LT for prospective owners of the Hilux Surf and LandCruiser Prado. With an extensive re-design in 1994, the Mitsubishi Delica L400 combines attractive styling with 4WD capability and turbo-diesel powered efficiency.
Long-time Outback followers will remember that the Hilux Surf was offered by Outback back in 2005, but was quickly discontinued when the weaknesses of the 2.4 litre engine became apparent. The 4Runner body style was hugely popular in North America, for good reason. The model offers an excellent balance of size, space, capability and versatility. Prospective buyers will be happy to note that many parts are interchangable between the Japanese and North American versions of this model.
The LandCruiser Prado is a brand-new addition to the Outback lineup. It had also been previously discounted due to the fact that the 2LT was the only diesel engine option. The model is available in 2-door and 4-door configurations, which offer slightly more or slightly less room than the Hilux Surf. Classic 70 Series LandCruiser lines ensure that you'll never confuse your vehicle with another at the mall parking lot.
The Mitsubishi Delica becomes the first Mitsubishi model to be offered by Outback Imports. The extensive improvements that were made to this model in early 1994 with the introduction of the L400 "Spacegear" version have definitely caught our attention. The first units were manufactured in March of 1994, so keep your eyes peeled for some of these beauties to be arriving on Canadian shores very soon.
Other recent developments in admissible models include the availability of the 1KZ engine in the Toyota Hiace van and the introduction of a factory turbocharged diesel engine (TD42T) in the Nissan Safari. Both of these options are currently available via Special Order. Details on our Special Order Program can be found here.
As of October, 2009, Outback Imports will be giving customers the choice of 3 different pre-delivery Outback Service Packages. The Standard version of the OSP remains largely unchanged from the original OSP, while the Basic and Luxury versions provide a freedom of choice that was previously unavailable.
Here at Outback, we recognized that while almost every customer would prefer to purchase a fully-serviced vehicle with every mechanical system operating within factory specification, with all new batteries, tires, and fluids, not everyone has a budget that allows for this type of purchase. Also, many automobile enthusiasts have the knowledge and resources to complete
2007 has been an intense and exciting year for Outback so far!
January saw Outback Imports merge with another dynamic Yukon based
company, The Pacesetter Group to form Pacesetter Trading Company
Ltd. of which Outback Imports is now a division. This merger
brings with it tremendous opportunities for Outback and our customers.
In February, our very own, 'Expedition Ready', HDJ81 was
reluctantly put on the market and quickly sold (Unit
Of course the only way of dealing with the loss of one great truck is
to get another great truck, so in March we added a gorgeous Nissan
Safari (Unit ID 07-03) to the fleet.
The vehicle was soon sporting some high visibility Outback Decals and
turning heads everywhere.
Look forward to some pictures of this
unit on some amazing Yukon "Highways" as soon as we get over our
reluctance to blemish its impeccable paint!
Some things to look forward to in 2007:
The OWP (Outback Warranty Plan). An optional
one-year warranty package with two levels of customer protection for
all new vehicle sales!
Outback's premiere appearance at the
Canadian OffRoad Expo in Red
Deer, Alberta, September 7,8,9, 2007. See you there!!
The Outback Gear Shop. A website dedicated to the
wide range of automotive accessories already available through
Outback and Pacesetter, including Old Man Emu Suspension Systems,
ARB Accessories, Protection Equipment and Recovery Gear, LightFORCE
& IPF Lighting Products, Extreme Duty Automatic Transmissions and
Valve Bodies and much more!
Until the Gear Shop site is launched, please contact us
for pricing and availability for these goodies!
The Bighorn, powered by a 4cylinder, 3100cc Turbo Diesel//Intercooled engine (4JG2), has solid heritage in S.America, Australia and Africa as a dependable, fuel efficient and roomy vehicle. Isuzu is world reknown for their diesel engines and build quality. We are excited to be offering this new model in our line up!
Reflecting on 2006, we have a lot to be grateful for. This fall, we launched the industrial pinzgauers.com division that will be in full swing for next Spring. We have also expanded our (OSP) Outback service package for an even better value in your vehicle. Coming shortly is the ‘Outback Gear Shop’ and international online tracking system for your vehicle’s status and a few other exciting projects in the works!
For 07 we continue our mission of offering the best selection of Japan direct Toyota/Nissan trucks at the best value for your money in Canada. The original Toyota/Nissan diesel trucks were designed to run efficiently, reliably and safely. Our bond with these timeless machines makes us determined to keep supplying them to you in top condition and in a timely manner.
So it is with sincere appreciation from the entire Outback Team that we wish you and your family the most enjoyable holiday season and happy New Year.
We are constantly striving to refine and upgrade our now legendary OSP-Outback Service Package!
New Tires are now INCLUDED!!!
Because we have found that most used vehicles from Japan require tire replacement, we are now including 4 NEW (DOT approved) Yokohama All Terrain ATS tires, balanced and installed on ALL trucks and Yokohama All Season on ALL Carib/Corollas INCLUDED IN THE VEHICLE PRICE! (*** for all trucks with this option listed in their vehicle ‘description’)
Yokohama ATS All Terrain tires were recently awarded top score for durability, wear pattern and all terrain traction during a grueling Australian Outback tire test!
Winter has arrived to the north and we’re xing our fingers the white stuff comes soon!
As many of you have noticed, the supply of older models such as the LandCruiser BJ73/74 and HJ61 has greatly diminished. With production ending in 1989 and being replaced with the newer HZJ and HDJ models, we’re finding very few clean oldies left overseas. Supply is very limited for these models and time is running out! If you’d like one, please let us know, our special order program may interest you!
TOKYO. A Japanese research team plans to create environmental awareness by entering a race car in the Dakar rally that runs on cooking oil used to fry tempura.
The turbo-engine Land Cruiser 100, sponsored by Toyota, will be the first car completely powered by biodiesel to enter the prestigious event, said Hidefumi Onaka, a lecturer at the Osaka Sangyo University, which helped test the fuel and provided technical support.
"We want to show what tempura oil can achieve, as a way to raise environmental awareness," Onaka said this week. "We're not doing it just for fun, so we decided to enter an internationally acclaimed event and appeal to the world."
Driving the car will be former Formula-One racer Ukyo Katayama.
The Dakar rally starts in Lisbon, Portugal in January next year. The race tests man and machine over 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles) of rough terrain and parched desert to Dakar, the capital of Senegal, the westernmost country on the African continent.
Onaka said the team will need about 10,000 liters (2,600 gallons) of tempura oil, which will be donated by students, the school cafeteria, as well as neighborhood restaurants. He said it will be reprocessed by biofuel maker Revo International Co. in Kyoto.
Katayama's racing unit, Team UKYO, and Osaka Toyota Corp., a Toyota-affiliated regional car dealer and repair service provider, are also taking part.
Biodiesel fuel is still rare in Japan, though it is used in some buses, garbage trucks and other vehicles in several cities.
"The idea is to drive on biomass fuel, which is easier on the environment, over the dessert that is severely affected by global warming," Katayama wrote recently on his Internet blog. "I want to be the first to complete the Dakar rally on non-fossil fuel."
Although biodiesel fuel generates about 20 percent less power than regular diesel oil, it creates less black smoke and almost no sulfur oxides, a chemical that causes acid rain, Onaka said.
If cost-cutting is achieved through mass-production, tempura oil could be the future fuel for resource-poor Japan, he said. A small drawback, however, is its odor.
"The smell isn't as appetizing as tempura," he said. "After intensive fuel testing in my lab, I had heartburn and didn't even want to look at tempura for a few days."
International ocean freight has it's associated risks and challenges.
Unfortunately, the 'Cougar Ace' car shipper is in peril as we speak, off the Alaskan coastline. With some 4800 new Japanese cars on board and heavy+light fuel, this accident has serious economic and environmental implications.
Yukon's North Canol (Canadian Oil) Road (see map below) was originally started as a war effort to supply oil for U.S./CDN Forces. The project, launched in 1942 was intended to expand the Norman Wells oil fields (NWT), and build a 960km long pipeline to Whitehorse-Yukon through swamps, mountains and over raging rivers.
The hiring office in Edmonton had this job ad posted on June 15, 1942:
THIS IS NO PICNIC Working and living conditions on this job are as difficult as those encountered on any construction job ever done in the United States or foreign territory.
Men hired for this job will be required to work and live under the most extreme conditions imaginable. Temperature will range from 90 degrees above zero to 70 degrees below zero.
Men will have to fight swamps, rivers, ice and cold. Mosquitos, flies and gnats will not only be annoying but will cause bodily harm.
If you are not prepared to work under these and similar conditions
Do Not Apply
On Feb. 16, 1944, despite all environmental challenges, the pipeline finally reached Whitehorse. However, it was a short lived operation, with the Whitehorse oil refinery shutting down on April 1, 1945. Due to the isolation of this road, artifacts and military trucks remain on the side of the road to this day.
The road is now maintained by road maintenance crews for 4x4 traffic to the NWT border at which point the road is washed and and the trek becomes a true expedition! The North Canol Road remains a key access route for outdoor enthusiasts, outfitters and geological exploration co's.
Some photos of our most recent trek towards MacMillan Pass- a true suspension test!
We are now offering select model Toyota LandCruisers for the US market including our extensive OSP service pack! U.S. Federal importation laws requires that our Japanese spec trucks to be 25 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER for legal entry.
Diesel LandCruiser models we can import for
you: BJ40/41/42/44/46, such as:
STAGE 1 (VALVE BODY) - Exclusively for Outback client’s trucks!
If you’re towing heavy loads up steep grades or doing power enhancements to your engine, your automatic (A440/A442F) transmission will love you for this kit. Built tough and tested in both the Australian and Canadian ‘outback’, this kit will transform your transmission and truck performance while dramatically prolonging the transmission’s life span:
Features and Benefits:
Greatly increased clamping loads on all clutch packs = eliminates slip on high torque/high tow applications
Quicker and Firmer shifts = Less heat build up and no sloppy gear changes
Torque Converter lock up in 3rd and 4th gear (instead of just 4th)= Superior power transfer in kickdown situations on steep grades
Higher lube pressure and flow = Less internal heat build up
Can cure heavy load clutch slippage on modified high ouput 12HT/1HDT/TD42 Engine Groups
In our continuous quest to provide you with the best value for your money, initial product quality, reliability and durability, we’ve now expanded our already extensive Outback Service Package (OSP)!
Added items are now updated on each section- Including a complete anti-corrosion treatment system for the inner and exterior bodywork and driveline. After extensive research on protection products, we came up with a fantastic blend to protect the underbody from rock chips and reduce the risk of inner corrosion from moisture to make your vehicle last even longer!
These ongoing upgrades are a result of extensive and continuous ‘hands on’ experience gained with the models we offer. At Outback, we continuously strive to make our products and services better than ever!
Please check out photos of the Outback Technical Team in action:
Spring has arrived to the north after one of our mildest winters ever!
We have just completed a thorough road test of our first high roof, Nissan Safari/Patrol arrival. Initial impressions- Very impressive fuel economy, interior volume and overall passenger comfort between the superior seats and coil sprung suspension. Despite being non-turbo, the 4200cc inline 6cylinder TD42 diesel engine has an excellent torque band and is matched to a fantastic 5speed manual transmission with great ratios for highway and mountain driving.
As with many of Nissan’s great diesel engines, the TD42 is designed with functionality and simplicity in mind. Twin oil filters as a factor standard are an example, a very effective cold start system combined with ease of access to the entire engine for servicing.
The solid front axle, suspension and chassis are very solid, and while this truck does not have all the interior luxury features of the LandCruisers wagons, it is very well suited for work/travelling applications and available at considerably lower prices!
This latest Nissan Safari/Patrol will be heading to South America and Africa thereafter.
Whitehorse has many great festivities, this weekend’s highlight, co-sponsored by Outback Imports was the 2006 International Snow Sculpture Challenge. Teams from Alberta, Alaska, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Yukon, Ontario and Japan competed with world class snow sculpting.
Thanks to artists Don Watt, Gisli Balzar and Mike Lane from Team Yukon for organizing this superb event!!! Please check out their website at http://www.snowcarver.ca
“Every day, little up. Then, over time, we up!”
- Mr. Takeuchi- Toyota Corp. Japan
G’day to all!
Thank-you to all for making 2005 a very exciting and eventful year for the Outback team! In our endless quest to provide better, more valuable and exciting products/services, we’re proud to announce the launch of 2 new creations to the family:
With requests throughout North America for medium-heavy duty range logistical solutions, it seemed only natural to introduce the line of long
lasting, versatile and quality built, Steyr-Daimler Puch trucks.
Introducing OUTBACK PINZGAUERS.COM!
Please check out our new website:
Our second new creation, Outback Exports.com , is designed to facilitate
global trade with diverse, exotic and exciting quality products from everywhere. Introducing OUTBACK EXPORTS.COM!
Please check out our new website: www.outbackexports.com
Also coming soon, for the eye candy department
- a website development/media/visual marketing division.
This entity will offer unique and versatile services! Coming soon.
Outback companies are mandated to provide quality products, services and support to our global community. We commit at least 1% of annual sales towards youth outdoor education programs and sustainable development projects.
Please contact us to learn how you can help out support these programs!
We look forward to hearing from you.
Thank-you from the entire OUTBACK TEAM.
31 , 2005 65 DEGREE NORTH TRIPPING We're just back from our northern tour on the Dempster Hwy
and can confirm winter has arrived in the north! The Dempster Hwy, Canada’s
first all-weather road to cross the Arctic Circle first officially opened
in 1979. The 671-kilometre (417-mile) unpaved road runs through the
Arctic wilderness from south of Dawson City, Yukon, to Inuvik in the
Read the full trip report here (with
16, 2005 SAFARI TURBO-INTERCOOLER SYSTEMS NOW AVAILABLE! With the introduction of a new line up of non-turbo Toyota
and Nissan diesel engines now available from Japan - we are pleased
to offer world tested Safari turbocharger and intercooler products as
an add-on option for our client’s trucks. For significant increases
in performance and fuel economy, Safari Turbo Systems and Intercoolers
are the solution for the following models:
range of products represents the best in innovative automotive performance
With over twenty years experience in designing and manufacturing turbocharger
and intercooler systems combined with an extensive background in Nissan
and Toyota 4x4 application, Safari products are world tested and quality
ask us for more info on
this kit and Safari snorkels for your Toyota/Nissan diesel truck.
PERFORMANCE DIESEL EXHAUST SYSTEMS:
Get the most out of your turbo and intercooler upgrades. Include a new
high performance turbo tuned exhaust system including
stainless diesel mufflers. More power, fuel economy and engine life!
ask us about this option
for your import Toyota/Nissan diesel truck.
6, 2005 FAQ SECTION UPDATED We have updated our FAQ section and have made layout easier
on the eye. Click here to read.
25, 2005 We are pleased to announce 3 new models to our
-TOYOTA HIACE 4X4 VANS Are known worldwide for their durability in adverse conditions
while maintaining design simplicity and fuel economy. Spacious, tough
and versatile for your road tripping, people and equipment moving needs!
(Prices range from $11,000-13,500+GST including the Outback
Service Package or OSP)
-TOYOTA SPRINTER CARIB/COROLLA WAGONS We're bringing back the legendary Corolla 4x4 Wagons! As in
popular Canadian models, the Caribs come with full-time 4WD, a performance
1600cc DOHV petrol engine and loaded interior. (Some models may have
ABS and ride height adjust options). (Prices range from $7,000-8,500+GST including the Outback Service
Package or OSP)
-NISSAN TERRANO/PATHFINDER TURBO DIESEL economy on the already popular Pathfinder chassis/body.
An exceptional reputation in the Australian outback matched with an
economic 2700cc turbo diesel and Nissan build quality.
(Prices range from $11,500-13,500+GST including the Outback Service Package or OSP)
Imports pledges 1% of annual sales towards youth outdoor education programs
and land conservation projects. For the '04-'05 fiscal year, we helped
purchase this new raft (see pic below) for the youth-at-risk, Crew Whitewater
our 4x4 Toyota Hilux crewcab - scheduled to arrive in March! Toyota
Hilux, the world's most sought after light duty pickup truck comes
with a solid front axle, leaf sprung suspension, the venerable 2800cc,
3L diesel engine and a manual 5 speed transmission. A true workhorse
in the workplace or on road trips.
the thumbnails to view photos from this trip:
11, 2004 WINTER
IN THE ARCTIC:
It’s 0500hrs, dark for another 5 hours, -46C, the Honda generator
won’t fire up, the fuel stove - to preheat the genie - is leaking
white gas at every O-ring, the cruiser batteries at 20% power have gone
to Mexico....we’re in the arctic and flashes of the movie ‘Alive’
are making some in the party drool a little… Just another road
trip in Canada's north.
We're just back from the Dempster Highway in the northern Yukon. Very
little daylight at this time of the year but magnificent landscapes
and wildlife spottings, plus a reminder that winter is truly here! Check
out the pics here…. Santa sends his regards to all.
Next week, we're in Vancouver to take delivery of another shipment from
Japan including the first Turbo Diesel Toyota vans-which we're very
Prices for these models will be posted shortly as well.
Click on the thumbnails to view photos from this trip:
We’ve also recently purchased a very rare, early production, March,
1990 HDJ81 LandCruiser Turbo Diesel.
If you’re looking for a well refined LandCruiser, make sure to
contact us soon, these early production are hard to find in such great
9, 2004 CHECK OUT OUR NEW VIDEO A compilation of video feed from our latest Dempster Highway
Tour above the Arctic Circle in Yukon/NWT. Click here
to view (FLASH
FROM THE ARCTIC:
Our expedition to the arctic was breath taking! Check out the thumbnails
below. Saddling up our trusty HJ61, we hauled the vintage 21 ft Teslin
freighter canoe 1200 kms up the Dempster Hwy to Inuvik, NWT and then
continued the adventure by boat to Hershel Island on the northwest coast
in the Beaufort Sea. Return route to Inuvik was via the small settlement
of Aklavik in the Mackenzie Delta. Great viewing for Muskox, Belugas,
Griz and of course the Porcupine Caribou Herd. Good stories shared with
local Inuit en route as well… a must see!
Click on the thumbnails to view photos from this trip:
OUTDOOR ED PROGRAM SUPPORT:
Outback Imports pledges 1% of annual sales towards
youth outdoor education programs and land conservation projects. Earlier
this year, we donated $800 to help purchase a whitewater river raft
for a local Youth Outdoor Education Program. Pics coming soon!
off on Expedition to the Arctic until July 19. All correspondance will
be answered during the holiday closure. However, technical questions
and purchasing querries will be answered as soon as our office re-opens
on the 19th."
from the Outback Imports Staff. Now.... where did that that cold
just purchased what is possibly the FINEST
HJ61 ever heard of from Japan with 55,000 kms and a 4.5/5 body rating
with B interior!!! It's also equipped with a Limited Slip Rear Axle
also fully floating, the factory PTO winch and grillguard. Looking forward
to test driving this beauty! Sorry gang, she's already SOLD.
updates to overall site.
more HJ61's that are already sold and are working hard to allocate more
similar high quality examples.
Price of Fuel!!! Is it time for DIESEL POWER efficiency?
Average fuel consumption @ 90km/h (highway) for HJ61 LandCruiser:
Also remember that diesel fuel is often 10% cheaper than regular gasoline.
Send us your photos! We would like to display shots of your Landcruiser's
in action in our 'Photos' section.