Holden Ute Getting Axed in 2016

Word has it Australian automaker Holden is getting ready to end production of the Commodore-based Ute three years from now, due to slow sales.
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According to, “the Aussie icon has had its sales and hopes crushed by a flood of pick-ups imported from Thailand”. Sales of the Ute have gone down 31 percent (4,100 units through September), an all-time low for the pickup, while the sedan and wagons are up 15 percent since the new Commodore was introduced earlier this year.

The discrepancy prompted Holden to take action and end production of the Ute in 2016, although the Australian manufacturer declined to confirm the news. What’s more, News Corp Australia claims the decision is also part of the company’s plan to sell two global models in the country by 2020. Well, it's no use hoping the Chevy SS will be getting a modern El Camino version now...

The Holden Ute was introduced to the Australian public back in 1951. The new VF Commodore-based Ute is available in five versions and comes with either a 3.6-liter V6 engine or a 6.0-liter V8, depending on specs.
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