1 May 2003
Holden’s smaller-cab ute approach against Ford’s more spacious AU/BA Falcon approach limited its appeal, so a complete revamp of the co-existing utility was in order.
Absent from Holden showrooms since the WB’s 1985 departure, the reborn Commodore-based cab-chassis VY One-Tonner uses the regular ute’s base 152kW/305Nm 3.8L V6 specification and S variants – the latter also offering the option of the 225kW/460Nm 5.7-litre V8 engine – in six-speed manual or four-speed auto guises.
Unlike the independently suspended Ute, all One-Tonners are fitted with a live rear axle and elliptical leaf spring rear suspension, and have the capability to carry payloads of over one tonne in some set-ups (1284-1343kg).
Its construction is unique because it is part monocoque and part chassis frame.
Some designs have the chassis frame mounted to the underside of the cab, but the Holden's chassis frame is bolted into place with a heavy-duty torque arm, for a stiffer, stronger and more durable connection.
It can be optioned with an alloy tray or a steel dropside tray with removable sides, as well as a broad range of custom body styles.