The Holden Commodore ute, an Australia-only automotive icon, could be relegated to the history books in 2016 due to falling sales in the face of increased consumption of pick-up trucks imported from Japan and Thailand, News.com.au reports. Year-to-date, Holden Commodore ute sales have slipped 31 percent.

Holden hasn't said officially that the ute will be axed, but it reportedly told News Corp Australia that if the automaker is still manufacturing in 2016 and beyond that it will adopt two global vehicle platforms, neither of which will be made into a ute.

But according to News, less than one in 10 new-vehicle deliveries are built in Australia. And despite Thailand's production advantage due to cheap labor, it has a free-trade agreement with the Aussies, and has attracted a zero-percent tariff since 2010.

Four-wheel-drive pick-ups from Thailand accounted for 100,000 sales in Australia in the first nine months of the year. Last year, Toyota delivered more than 40,000 HiLux pick-ups, making it Australia's second-best-selling vehicle. Compare that to 4,100 Commodore ute deliveries this year. On a side note, the Ford Falcon ute only sold 3,500 units, and it will reportedly be phased out in 2016. Utes had their best year in 2004, when Holden and Ford each sold more than 20,000 of them.

While the Commodore ute sales have continued to slip in the past year, sales of the new VF Commodore sedan and wagon have increased 15 percent since they went on sale in June.


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      Carac
      • 1 Year Ago
      It was two days from retirement!
      little b
      • 1 Year Ago
      they should have shipped it to the usa RWD with the LS3 auto and stick and a AWD option for the people in the snow belt like me with a LS3 auto and stick option I have my 3/4 98 gmc but i use my car most of the time and when i had my wagon that did more halling than my truck tho the gmc is a good plow truck but thats all i use it for
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @little b
        They should build it in the USA and ship it to Australia -- Australian prices and costs are simply too high to be competitive in the US.
      Phil T
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah the original article is written by a guy who has been continually proved wrong. Earlier this year he said that the Commodore nameplate would die, that it would be replaced in production by a SUV and then, after GM said that the Commodore name will live past 2016 and they would not build an SUV, he said it would be front wheel drive. He is a shonk journo that takes a narrow set of facts and then melds his opinion into an article and passes it off as if it were a done deal. When Ford announced that they were closing manufacturing here in 2016 he claimed that Ford would not be releasing the updated Falcon and Territory they had committed to and again he was proved wrong. I ignore any garbage written by the shonk.
        Daniel D
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Phil T
        He also had a headline claiming the Holden boss had quit, but when you read the article it turns out he was promoted - hardly the same thing. That said its common sense that the ute will die in 2016. The last few years sales hardly justifies making the investment for another. I just wish they would export a few thousand to the US for those who would appreciate the last of a very unique and great driving car.
        imoore
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Phil T
        Is News.com.au a part of the Murdoch empire? Because this sounds more like Rupert Murdoch's ultra conservative drivel than news.
        mikemaj82
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Phil T
        two words: Dodge Magnum.
      juststudent
      • 1 Year Ago
      just notice, if rounded section of those headlamps are more square and bottom grille replace the upper grille, it'll be almost identical to previous gen audi A3 (8P) lol.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @juststudent
        That's actually true for most cars -- remove any sense of character or defining characteristics and they look like Audis.
      scott3
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wanted one more than anyone. But to those who do not understand why it is to die and why it never came here really have no clue of the realities of the business side of things. The reality is the price would have been too high for most cutting the already small segment interested in this car in half. In the end little to no profit. If they do not have enough sales down under 8,000 more here is not really going make a difference. Times, markets and models have change the landscape. Time to look around and notice. There is more to just build it and they will come.
      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems like a dumb move because this Ute is pretty damn cheap to engineer and build seeing as how its based on an existing sedan platform and shares most of its components with it.
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        Daniel D
        • 1 Year Ago
        You never disappoint Laser - never. Down voting now...
        1454
        • 1 Year Ago
        Do you think the Fisker Karma is good looking? If so, your opinion is completely irrelevant.
          Phil T
          • 1 Year Ago
          @1454
          His opinion is always completely irrelevant.
      Andrew Rollason
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thank you Detroit. Rather than sell the vehicle in the United States which would have opened up a massive export market, you kill off this one, just like you did for the Monaro. Dear Detroit, there was a reason for Chapter 11 - you're just too stupid to live. What's good for the General is good for the USA and for no-one else.
        1454
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew Rollason
        You didn't really expect GM/Detroit to make a good decision, did you? I kid. Screw GM. Why would you even have a satellite brand in this day and age of globalization? The should have merged the holden name to chevy and produced the Maloo and Commodores for worldwide distribution. No badge engineering, just sell them.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew Rollason
        I highly doubt not selling a vehicle that would sell in extremely limited quantities is the reason they had to file Chapter 11. Most AB'ers would run an automaker into the ground if they ran it since they're too clueless to understand that selling lots of cars that not lots of people buy isn't the best business practice.
      1454
      • 1 Year Ago
      NOOOOOOO. I wanted one you bas.tards. I don't know why GM, even though I hate them, couldn't have brought one back to the US as an EL Camino . Jerks.
      789dm
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well if you do not sell it in other market then of course good bye! If your own domestic market stop buying the product there must be something wrong. One maybe the customer taste changed did the company adapt and make a new model to follow what the customer want? If not then you better find new market that interested in your product. Also if that new marker you do not have any rival or competitor, it help make your product unique.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      bluebyrdbath
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guess the Austrailians are going to let cheap asian labor ruin their auto industry as well.
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