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Holden Commodore ute (VG Commodore Utility)

VG Commodore Utility

Make: Holden

Model: Commodore ute

Released: Jan 1970

Discontinued: Dec 1991

Holden logo1 Aug 1990


Holden fans had to wait five years for a full-sized ute.

When the VN Commodore-based VG arrived it wasn’t the separate chassis small truck the 1971-1985 HQ-WB Holden commercials were, with its 720kg load limit, all-coil suspension and VN wagon base.

But what it lost in hardcore workhorse buyers it slowly gained in youth and sports-ute popularity (thanks to the limited slip differential-equipped S), and it was a far more civilised proposition than the (albeit tougher, with its leaf-spring rear) XF/XG Falcon ute which dated back past its ’79 XD body and ’72 XA wheelbase to the ’60 XK, in essence.

Power came from the US-sourced 125kW/292Nm 3.8L OHV V6 mated to a four-speed auto or five-speed manual gearbox.

Engine options: 165kW/385Nm 5.0-litre OHV V8 - S.

Standard features: power steering, radio/cassette player.

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