• Feb 6, 2007
Click on the image for a gallery of high-res images of Ford and GM Holden Utes.

At the Brisbane Motor Show, which started on Friday, Ford and GM Holden, plus their tuning groups Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) and Holden Special Vehicles (HSV), had plenty of top Aussie utes on display, ranging from the workman Ford Falcon XR6 Cab Chassis, through the higher performance Ford Falcon XR8 and Holden SS Crewman and up into the fully-blown FPV Super Pursuit Ute and the HSV Thunder.

As a ute driver myself, it was great to see the totally Oz vehicles proudly flying the flag as fast, fun, rear-wheel drive sports cars with big boots.

On the side: our friends over at the Jalop uncovered a story in CarPoint that reports that the launch date for the new Holden Commodore Ute has been bumped forward and that a left-hand drive version is in the cards. Could this mean that GM is considering a El Camino comeback? An even better question is: would you buy one? - Ed.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm reallly liking the looks of the black Falcon.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't think these weapons of mass sideways action would be allowed in USA, I'm sure that the Ministries of Fun Control at GM & Ford would be worried about law suits.
      I mean come on 300kW RWD, No traction control and minimal rear weight distribution.
      EG:
      http://www.capadrift.com.au/downloads_june05_mallala.htm
      • 7 Years Ago
      If the ford falcon utes were available here in the states i would've looked at one, especially one of the turbo 6's... (Instead I'm driving a 2007 WRX TR, nice car)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd certainly buy a Ute, especially if it was an extended cab variety, and they don't skip the performance models.

      In fact, with the shift in market trend from SUV to CUV, GM could make a killing bringing back the El Camino.

      Quick, somebody Photoshop the new Malibu's front fascia onto the Crewman.
      • 7 Years Ago
      In California, TONS of people would buy a new El Camino.

      Dodge could easily produce something like this based on the Magnum, which would look fantastic.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes, I'll take two please
      • 7 Years Ago
      #4: That red ute in the background is called a Crewman. Basically a dual cab Commodore ute. Very long and hence difficult to park anywhere normal.

      Check out the Holden website for info: www.holden.com.au
      • 7 Years Ago
      All you people who are analyzing these cars and saying that in their current state they just would sell are pretty ignorant.
      -Utes are incredibly popular in australia. Someone said it looked as though there were two normal cars for every ute, not quite true - but pretty damn close.
      -Aussies love these cars - They look tough, they're great work cars, tend to go pretty hard.
      -In australia Utes are the new Muscle Car

      Maybe they wouldn't sell well in the US, but then its a completely different market.
      • 7 Years Ago
      " A Chrysler? don't you have something a little more, um , Mexican? We have an El Caminooo.
      • 7 Years Ago
      craig i dont think u understand holden to australia is what chevy is to u, people over here just seem to have higher expectations of what a decent car is unlike u obviously.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Congratulations Craig, on the most misinformed post so far this year. Today's Falcons and Commodores have about as much in common with their '60s forebears as your post had with the truth, ie. none. The base model utes are sold here starting from about $20000 US. The reason utes are so popular is because they present a good mix of utility and sportiness - the same reason people buy hotted up Rams, except utes actually handle.

      I guess you're right though, cars are cars, trucks are trucks, and premarital sex is for devil worshippers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think that building these things is a mistake. The legal minimum wage in Australia is about thirty times the going labor rate in China. This means that the only way to keep building cars there is to head upmarket. This is what has been happening in recent years. For example, Holdens used to be a knockoff of slightly obsolete Chevrolet designs, whereas now they are a knockoff of slightly obsolete BMW designs. The Ford story in Australia is pretty similar, starting out with McNamara's basic Falcon of 1960 and finishing with DOHC engines, turbos, double wishbone front ends, multi link rears and stiff German-style body structures. This is a good direction to go, but pickups don't do any favors for the strategy. Can anyone imagine BMW or MB building a pickup with the front end of a 5 Series or an E Class grafted on? No, I thought not. Cars are cars, trucks are trucks. The Australians have reasonable prospects if they stick to good sedans and make their cars like their wine; inexpensive, good quality, with Big Mac consistency and value for money. If they can survive for long enough, they could even give the Europeans a fright in some markets. But pickups, or "utes" won't help. If they want to keep building them, they should use different brands and different sheetmetal.
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