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Holden's hotly anticipated new Ute hits the road, 12 months after the VE Commodore

Holden logo25 Sep 2007

By CHRIS HARRIS

A LITTLE more than a year after the VE Commodore sedan rolled onto Australian roads, the two-door utility derivative has finally been launched. More sporty than ever, the new Ute shows Holden is keener than ever to corner the lifestyle ute market by attracting drivers who are not necessarily going to use their load hauler for work. The One Tonner and Crewman models have been axed and there are no plans for VE versions of those models. The new Ute introduces all the improvements that were made with the VE Commodore, but Holden still spent $105.1 million on further development. Variants available include the base Omega, SV6, SS and the new top-end SS V model. Holden has introduced electronic stability control as standard for all new Ute models, which is an important safety step, but is not offering side airbags, even as an option. The VE Ute range starts at $30,990 for the Omega and tops out at $46,990 for the SS V automatic.
Model release date: 1 October 2007 to 1 September 2009

Previous model

Holden VZ Ute

Released: August 2004
Ended: October 2007
Family Tree: Commodore ute

The VZ Ute was introduced in August 2004 and was essentially a refreshed version of the VY. A key change was made under the bonnet, with the VZ Ute gaining the new 3.6-litre Alloytec V6 and a revised "Gen III" 5.7-litre V8, which was later replaced with a 6.0-litre V8. The five-speed manual for the base cars was replaced by a six-speed unit, while the only automatic was a four-speeder. Holden designers carried over the VZ design themes from the Commodore, including the new bolder nose, while SS models had quarter panel air-vents to give the car a meaner look. The VZ range included the regular Ute and also the five-seater Crewman, which had been introduced in 2003 and was an instant sales success. A One Tonner version was also available, while an all-wheel-drive One Tonner VZ was introduced in February 2005. Both One Tonner models failed to sell in significant volumes.

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