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BMW Australia continues to hard-sell Munich HQ on a pickup

And HQ has resisted mightily, but the resistance is weakening

BMW Australia continues to lobby hard for a BMW pickup. The local head says of the growing ute market, "we cannot neglect market trends."

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Is it time for the car-based trucks to return?

A ute revival may be closer than you think

Car based trucks used to be popular. But, is anybody looking to fill this void in the here and now?

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Why is this 8-year-old driving a carload of adults - and a goat?

What's up with the goat, kid?

Eight-year-olds, dude.

Elderly man fights angry bull to protect a Ford Ranger

I'd fight a bull for a Ranger, too.

An elderly Kiwi man decided to play matador on his birthday and sparred with an angry bull to protect a Ford Ranger.

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BMW is 'watching the pickup space closely'

A BMW pickup might just depend on the success of Mercedes' new truck.

Sure, BMW is now building front-wheel-drive cars. But they'll never build a pickup... right? Right?

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HSV rolls out new 577-hp GTS Maloo ute [w/video]

Last month, we brought you word that Holden was planning a new performance model that promised to be the fastest and most powerful ute in the world. And here it is.

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Holden poised to build world's fastest ute, 577 hp on tap

While America has its ongoing performance war among the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger, a similar battle in Australia might soon be going out with a bang. Both Ford and Holden are cutting back on local productio

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Colorado company making American Ute dreams come true

Randy Reese is the Colorado dreamcatcher for those who still light votive candles at the altar of Our Lady of El Camino. He fulfills his role by importing the bodies of Australian utes, like the one pictured above, and installing them on the chassis' of fully US-compliant cars like the Pontiac GTO, G8, or Jonathon Ramsey

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Ford celebrating 80 years of Aussie utes as it prepares to shutter Oz manufacturing

Ford is ending Australian production after 90 years in 2016, and with it may go perhaps the most iconic vehicles in its auto market – the ute. Car-based pickup trucks like the Ford Ranchero and Chevrolet El Camino

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Holden Commodore ute to die at age 65?

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, Damon Lowney

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Holden shows wagon and ute versions of new Commodore

Holden isn't giving anything away when it comes to specs, but the Aussie outpost of

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El Camino revival hopes scuttled by Aussie dollar?

Could Chevrolet sell a reborn El Camino in the United States? Let's ask an expert, General Motors International Operations boss Tim Lee, what he thinks. Speaking to the Aussies at CarPoint.com.au, Lee had this to say: "I think here in the US that vehicle has a tremendous amount of cache so if we could [import it] we would if it makes sense."

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Volvo 850 T5 R pickup conversion is ready for a cool yule

There are plenty of ways to get your holiday tree home from the farm, but few are so classy as this Volvo 850 ute. Built in Sweden and shipped to Belgium, the car wears all of the necessary kit to pass as a 850R, and with a turbocharged 2.3-liter five cylinder under the hood, this creation should have no trouble dashing through the snow. Looks like a mighty fine use of an otherwise derelict Volvo wagon to us, though we have to imagine all that torque

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High tarriffs curb resurgent U.S. hopes for Holden Ute

With the Holden Commodore sedan on its way back to the States as the Chevrolet SS, we were hoping that the El Camino-like, two-seat Ute wouldn't be far behind (after all, the halfbreed was supposed to be offered here as the Chris Tutor

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FPV announces 450-HP supercharged GT RSPEC

Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) is the Australian equivalent to Ford's SVT division here in North America. Its high-performance sedan, the GT, is based on the Ford Faclon saloon. FPV has unveiled the most hardcore version of the GT yet – the FPV GT RSPEC. The machine was developed by FPV with the intent of providing track-minded consumers a competitio

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Kiwi ute drift goes all wrong, then all right

A New Zealand man, for reasons only clear to himself, decides to attempt a Starsky & Hutch drift around a corner in a ute that can only kindly be described as vintage. With that opening, you're no doubt expecting the obligatory "of course it all goes wrong and he crashes."

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GM considering RWD wagon and ute for U.S. market

The General wants more rear-wheel drive vehicles in its lineup and has plans to bring a few more to America, including a sedan and possibly a wagon and sport utility, according to Car and Driver.

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2012 Targa Tasmania kicks off with prologue stages

The 2012 Targa Tasmania is officially underway, having started on the 17th of April. While we'd give (nearly) any portion of our anatomy to see the spectacle in the flesh, we'll simply have to content ourselves with living vicariously through the miracle of YouTube for the time being.

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