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News Ltd has published images of what it claims to be a prototype of the much anticipated SUV version of the current PX Ford Ranger, which it claims is due for public release in the second half of 2014.

The truck-based (ie body-on-frame) heavy duty SUV will be the second derivative from Ford’s award-winning T6 light truck program which has already produced the widely acclaimed PX Ranger one-tonne pickup and its Mazda BT50 sibling.

These images, reportedly snapped by a Carsguide reader with a smartphone (which would explain the rear window heater cores running across the first image) were claimed to have been taken on the Princes Highway on Melbourne’s outskirts.

If these shots are genuine (we are skeptical about everything in this digital age!) it looks like Ford engineers have cut-and-shut a Ranger pickup front and a Territory SUV rear for these testing purposes.

News Ltd claims this vehicle carries the wording ‘Left Hand Drive’ and ‘Engineering Evaluation Vehicle’ on the tailgate and that it is one of several prototypes currently being tested on Victorian roads and at the company’s vehicle proving ground at You Yangs. TJ

FE Holden Utes & Vans

Holden built on the success of its FX and FJ commercial range with the release of the new-look FE series station wagons, utes (above) and vans in February 1957.

Eight months earlier, their FE sedan sibling had raised the curtain on the long awaited new Holden and the Australian public instantly warmed to the more modern lines of ‘Australia’s Own Car’.

There was no confusing the larger and slightly heavier new FE sedan with the outgoing FX-FJ series. The handsome body design was all new with a lowered belt line, bonnet and boot that resulted in a 40 per cent increase in glass area, including a new one-piece curved windscreen replacing the first Holden’s split-screen.

The rear mudguards were now integrated with the body shell and featured new chrome-plated die-cast taillight clusters. Headlight rims were also die-cast chrome items. In addition to the latest push-button door handles, there was extra bright-work even on the entry level Standard models.

Electric blinkers (or direction indicators) were now standard equipment on Special models and optional on other grades. Yes, you read that right – optional. Back in those simpler times, it was accepted practice for drivers to indicate which direction they wanted to go by using hand signals out the driver’s window!

The front blinker light assemblies were mounted below the headlights, with the parking lights still integrated within the headlights. The rear blinkers followed US practice by flashing the left or right red brake lights on and off.

Provision was made for optional reversing lights with a clear lens below the brake/taillight lens but these were rarely optioned and almost never used. Holden would find a good use for these later though (see FC series).

The bonnet was mounted on modern spring-loaded hinges that did away with the previous model’s support rod that had to be un-clipped and propped in place each time the bonnet needed to be held open.

From this dazzling new sedan emerged Holden’s new commercial range of utes and panel vans eight months later, which proved to be just as rugged, willing and capable as their predecessors.

A little known historical fact is that the media announcement for these new vehicles (plus the station wagon) was made all at once in February 1957 before each was phased into production over the following three months.


Like the FX/FJ, the new FE ute (FE/2106) and panel van (FE/2104) came in only one basic workhorse specification with no top shelf Special variant like the sedan and wagon.

They were still powered by the same 132 cid (2.2 litre) inline six cylinder pushrod overhead valve ‘Grey’ motor (above), so named because the entire engine and gearbox unit were painted a drab grey colour in production.

Elegantly simple, low in maintenance and silky smooth, the Grey’s power output increased by 10 bhp to 70 bhp in the FE thanks to a slight increase in compression ratio (6.5 to 6.8), larger valves and improvements in cylinder head porting.

Peak torque also improved from 100 ft/lbs @ 2000 rpm to 110 ft/lbs at a remarkably low 1200 rpm, making it even better suited to the demands of commercial vehicle use which often required hauling and towing heavy loads.

From mid-1957 an Australian-made carburettor with Bendix-Stromberg branding replaced the US-made Stromberg unit and in January 1958 the engine’s cooling system pressure was raised from 4.0 to 7.0 psi to cope with higher engine demands.

A large heavy-duty oil bath air filter, which was only available as an option in the FX-FJ series aimed at rural buyers on dusty roads, became standard equipment on the FE engine.

The electrical system was also upgraded from the sluggish 6 volts to 12 volts with a higher capacity generator driven by a narrower and more efficient 11mm fan belt and pulley set (earlier models used a 15mm-wide belt).

Drivetrain & Chassis

The FX-FJ three-speed column shift manual gearbox with non-synchro first gear and Holden’s signature Banjo-style hypoid differential with semi-floating axles and 3.89 final drive ratio were carried over, but many mechanical improvements were made across the board.

The clutch was now hydraulically operated in place of the FX-FJ’s mechanical arrangement and the clutch and brake pedals were upgraded to the newer ‘pendulum’ type, which pivoted from under the dash rather than through the floor.

Both hydraulic master cylinders for the brakes and clutch were mounted high on the firewall for easier servicing access. Braking was also upgraded with the four-wheel drums now separate from the wheel hubs. Rear axle shafts were now stronger one-piece items with forged flanges.

The steering was improved with a newly designed, fully sealed recirculating ball steering box and new linkages. A front stabiliser bar was also fitted for sharper handling, as Australian roads continued to improve and speeds continued to rise with them.

New smaller diameter wheels and tyres were slightly wider and resulted in a 17mm drop in ground clearance compared to the previous FJ model (186mm vs 203mm). 4.5 x 13-inch rims with a five-stud pattern replaced the FX-FJ’s skinnier and taller 4.0 x 15-inch items. 6.40-13 six-ply tyres were fitted only to the commercial range, up from four-ply on the sedans.

The new Holden commercials were also heavier than their predecessors. The FE ute’s tare weight (or unladen weight) was up 21 kgs on the FJ version (1064 kgs vs 1043 kgs) while the FE van was only 4.0 kgs heavier than the FJ van (1070 kgs vs 1066 kgs).

Fortunately, maximum payload ratings also increased, with the FE ute up 31 kgs to 410 kgs and the van up 46 kgs to 403 kgs. Even so, Holden was well aware that many ute and van owners often expected these vehicles to carry up to double their recommended payload and sometimes more, so we suspect these ratings were (like the FX/FJ) quite conservative!

On FE utes and panel vans the fuel filler cap was located on the left-hand rear guard. The spare tyre storage was also different to the sedan, as it sat within a small fold-down compartment (in a similar style to the previous model) with the lid located externally between the rear bumperettes.

Unlike virtually all other Holden series, the FE panel van was based on the wagon and not the utility. Even though they shared the same drop-down spare tyre lid, there were many detailed areas where the panel van was more similar to the wagon than the ute.

Panel vans had a full steel paneled upper tailgate as standard but could be ordered with an optional glass window (RPO 333) as it shared the wagon’s upper tailgate. The standard van tailgate was created simply by welding a section of sheet metal into the window aperture and painting it body colour. Utes featured a stylish three-piece curved rear window.


Interiors designs were all new (above) with wider, improved seating and better sound insulation throughout the cabin. The dash featured a matt charcoal-black finish to reduce driver glare with relocated instruments and controls to make them easier to use.

There was also a large centrally-mounted radio speaker grille, lockable glove-box and an ashtray (remember those?) with a lift-up lid in the top centre of the dashboard.

Other new features included a speedometer that read to 110 mph (176 km/h) and a key operated combined ignition/starter switch in place of the previous model’s separate key ignition switch and push button starter. The steering wheel also featured a full circle horn ring.

A sign of how far we’ve come since the 1950s is that windscreen washers and a heater/windscreen demister were only available as optional extras on the FE!

Total FE production (including all models) reached 155,161 from July 1956 to the FC’s introduction in May 1958.

FC Holden Utes & Panel Vans

The FC (above) was a mild facelift of the FE series. This was during a period of staggering market domination by GM-H, with Holden’s market share at one stage exceeding 50 per cent. No wonder Ford and Chrysler wanted a slice of this huge pie.

Unlike its predecessor, the entire range of FC sedans, wagons and commercials was released at the same time but the ute and van commercials were still only available in the one ‘no-frills’ workhorse specification.

Body sheet metal was identical to the FE but there were many revisions to exterior and interior trim and ornamentation.

A new grille was the most prominent change with bolder horizontal and vertical bars incorporating parking lights at either end of the wider, lower bar. If blinkers were optioned they shared these front parking light housings, so it was not possible to tell if an FC was fitted with front blinkers unless they were activated.

The FC’s rear blinkers continued to use the US-style flashing brake lights until October 1959, when an amber blinker lens was installed in the (hardly used) reversing light housing. These amber rears carried over to the FB/EK series commercials that followed.

Another interesting historical fact is that when launched the new FC ute and panel van featured grille, headlight rims and taillight surrounds painted body colour as a point of difference (see above) instead of the more attractive chrome-plated items used on the FE and all other FC models.

The chrome-plated grille and headlight rims returned to the commercial range in mid-FC production. This not only looked better but saved GM-H having to produce painted and chromed versions of the same parts.

Mechanically the FC was a carry-over from the FE series with improvements to engine, suspension and numerous other components that continued Holden’s process of ongoing refinement.

Published engine output levels remained unchanged for the FC series even though small revisions had been made for better driveability, smoothness and lower noise levels. This included replacement of the old oil-bath air filter with a new paper-type disposable filter design in late 1959.

The most notable changes to the 2.2 litre six were a slight increase in compression ratio (6.8 to 7.0:1) to take advantage of Australia’s improving fuel quality and a revised camshaft profile. These changes resulted in peak torque moving further up the rev range from 1200 rpm to 1400 rpm.

Interestingly, the FC ute and van range saw slight increases in kerb weights (or tare weights) with the FC ute gaining 21 kgs over the FE version (1085 kgs vs 1064 kgs) while the FC van (below) was 25 kgs heavier than the FE van (1095 kgs vs 1070 kgs).

There were no real differences in equipment between the FE and FC ranges, which would suggest such a weight increase was due to on-going upgrades to the body structures to handle the increasingly tough jobs these commercials were being expected to perform.

As a result of such weight increases, the payload ratings were reduced with the FC ute dropping 22 kgs to 388 kgs and the FC van down 25 kgs to 378 kgs. Even so, these ratings were generally ignored by many owners, who continued to overload their hard-working Holden utes and vans to alarming levels.

Seat and door trims were improved and the dash was enhanced with a new radio speaker grille with vertical bars. Air Chief transistor-powered radios became available as an accessory from late 1959, replacing the old valve type which was vulnerable to shock and vibrations.

There was also a new black plastic surround for the instrument cluster and minor controls on the dash had new black bezel surrounds grouped in pairs. The full circle horn ring on the steering wheel was also reduced to a semi-circular design to improve the driver’s view of the instruments.

Total FC production including all models far exceeded that of the FE reaching a staggering 191,724 vehicles between May 1958 and January 1960 when replaced by the new FB series. TJ

*Special thanks to Holden expert Terry Bebbington for his assistance with this article. Terry is the author of a 100-chapter, 352-page, hard cover book titled “60 Years of Holden” which is a complete encyclopedia of all Holden models produced from 1948 to the current models. The sheer volume of detailed specifications makes this book a unique and valuable source of reference. For more information visit:

  • To better position the company to compete in a highly fragmented and competitive market, Ford Australia announced today that it will cease local manufacturing of Falcon, Falcon Ute and Territory in October 2016. The iconic Falcon nameplate will also be retired at that time. It said that all entitlements are protected for the 1200 employees whose jobs are affected, and the company will work through the next three years to provide support
  • Ford said it is transforming its Australian business by accelerating the introduction of new products for Australian customers, enhancing the sales and service experience, and improving its business efficiency and profitability
  • Ford will proceed with plans to launch updated versions of the Falcon, Falcon Ute and Territory in 2014, as well as offering imported products such as the Ford Kuga, Ranger and Focus. The company will also strengthen its product lineup with a 30 per cent increase in the number of new vehicles offered to Australian customers by 2016
  • Ford’s said its presence in Australia will remain significant – with 1500 employees, more than 200 dealers nationwide and a continued  commitment to supporting the communities in which the company operates

Ford Motor Company is transforming its business operations in Australia to provide customers with more new products and improved sales and service, while creating a more efficient and profitable business structure.

Ford announced the plan today, including its intention to cease its local manufacturing operations in October 2016. The decision on local manufacturing was driven by increasingly challenging market conditions – including market fragmentation and the high cost of manufacturing. Ford losses in Australia in the last five years have totaled approximately $600 million (AUD).

“All of us at Ford remain committed to our long history of serving Australian customers with the very best vehicles that deliver cutting edge technology at an affordable cost,” said Bob Graziano, president and CEO of Ford Australia. “Unfortunately, due to challenging market conditions we are unable to do that longer-term while continuing to manufacture locally.”

Support for Employees

Approximately 1200 jobs in Ford’s Broadmeadows and Geelong manufacturing plants will become redundant when manufacturing at those sites ceases in 2016.

All manufacturing employees’ benefits will be provided in line with current agreements. During the next three years, Ford will work with affected employees and their representatives on support arrangements and provide clarity about the closure process.

“We know this announcement is very difficult, especially for our employees,” said Graziano. “Providing support to those in our team whose roles will be affected is a key priority for us during this three-year transition period.”

Future vision for Ford Australia

While the way Ford is structured is changing, Ford said its commitment to Australia remains strong.

“Ford will remain a significant employer in Australia, with more than 1500 team members, as will our network of more than 200 dealers around the country,” said Graziano. “The Australian team’s role as a global centre of excellence for vehicle development also will continue to be an important focus for us.”

Australia is currently one of four product development hubs for Ford globally. Recently, the Australian team has been responsible for designing, engineering and testing global vehicles, including the Ford Ranger and Ford Figo, and will continue this expertise.

Today, Ford has more than 1000 staff in product development in Australia, giving the company more designers and engineers than any other auto company in Australia.

“Our customers will buy and service Ford vehicles through the same great dealers we have throughout the country today, and we will continue to support the communities in which we operate,” said Graziano.

Decision follows comprehensive review process

Given the changing dynamics of the auto industry, a number of business scenarios were reviewed during the past year to determine next steps for Ford’s Australian business.

All viable alternatives were evaluated as part of the process including manufacturing various types and combinations of vehicles for local sale as well as the viability of a significant export program. The scenarios investigated also included varying levels of government support, manufacturing cost reductions and productivity improvements.

Australia has annual sales of approximately 1.1 million new vehicles, and customers have access to more than 65 brands and 365 models available for sale. This makes Australia one of the most competitive and crowded automotive markets in the world.

“Given the fragmented marketplace and the low model volumes that result, we decided that manufacturing locally is no longer viable,” said Graziano.

More New Products

As part of the transformation, Ford plans to introduce more new products for Australian customers – including a 30 per cent increase in the number of new vehicles offered to Australian customers by 2016. That is in addition to already announced new versions of the Ford Falcon, Falcon Ute and Territory, as well the new Ford Kuga, Ranger and Focus.

“We will be introducing a number of exciting new vehicles and technologies during the next few years that will excite our Australian customers,” said Graziano. “The breadth of our line-up will increase by more than 30 per cent, ensuring we continue to offer our customers an outstanding range of cars, SUVs and light trucks long into the future.”

Upgraded Sales and Service Experience

Ford also said it is enhancing its approach to the sales and service experience. The company has appointed a dedicated Consumer Experience team to introduce a series of initiatives to provide customers with even better after-sales care.

“We have a range of projects under way to significantly enhance our customer’s experience with Ford,” said Graziano. “This includes one of the only programs in Australia that provides a capped price on all servicing costs for seven years.”

Ford continues to be part of Australian communities

“Ford vehicles have been part of the automotive landscape in Australia for almost 110 years and we have manufactured here since 1925. We are proud of that history. We are proud of our role in Australia and we haven’t made this decision lightly.

“Overall, we are changing, but our commitment to Australia remains strong. We’ll move through this transition and continue to be a vibrant and strong part of the Australian driving experience,” said Graziano. TJ

LandCruiser 200 Series Sahara

Australia’s love affair with Toyota LandCruiser is showing no signs of cooling off, with the Cruiser family now accounting for almost one out of every five Toyota vehicles sold nationally.

The Cruiser range – 200 series, Prado, FJ and 70 series – contributed 38,767 sales last year, or more than 17.7 per cent of Toyota’s 218,167 market-leading tally. In fact, as a franchise in its own right, the Cruiser family would have taken 10th place in the Australian market.

Last year’s total was an increase of 36.6 per cent over the previous year when the Cruiser clan was responsible for 28,377 units, or 15.6 per cent of all Toyota vehicles delivered by its dealers.

The share of Toyota sales attributable to these off-road vehicles has risen this year to 18.8 per cent, delivering 12,230 units out of Toyota’s 64,947 total.

LandCruiser Prado

Toyota’s executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said demand for the Cruiser family included city dwellers wanting a luxury SUV, as well as regional, rural and mining customers requiring a rugged and durable off-roader.

“Toyota is extremely proud of the capabilities and reliability of its LandCruiser family and we are very fortunate to have such an extremely loyal customer base that continues to support us with their buying choices,” Mr Cramb said.

“Our strong national dealer coverage is instrumental because there are some parts of rural and outback Australia where people tell me the only vehicles they see regularly are LandCruisers,” he said.

“This may be a bit of an exaggeration, but it underlines the enviable reputation LandCruiser has developed as the ‘king off the road’, particularly in some of the harshest country a vehicle will encounter.”

FJ Cruiser

The 200 series and the 70 series wagon together command more than three-quarters of sales in the upper-large SUV segment. As the perennial leader of the segment, Toyota last month achieved a share of 87.2 per cent – remarkably strong in a two-cornered contest with Nissan’s Patrol.

Last year, sales of the LandCruiser 200 series wagon jumped 31 per cent to 8,089 registrations. This year, they have continued to rise – up more than 13.1 per cent to 3,033 units, supported by improvements to safety, comfort and convenience.

The 200 series has become the first vehicle in the Toyota range to adopt Trailer Sway Control – a driver assist technology designed to help control a towed vehicle that has been unsettled by crosswinds, bumpy roads or sharp turns of the steering wheel.

LandCruiser 200 has also gained knee airbags for the driver and front passenger in GX and volume-selling GXL model grades, bringing the total number of airbags to eight.

All LandCruiser 200 series models have a five-star ANCAP safety rating with GX and volume-selling GXL grades now fitted with eight airbags, including two that offer protection for the driver and front-passenger knees. Upper models have 10 airbags.

The classic FJ Cruiser has received a sales boost of 10.6 per cent this year and has benefited from gaining a sub-tank that more than doubles its driving range plus the addition an off-road cruise-control system, CRAWL Control.

LandCruiser Prado continues as the best-selling vehicle in the large SUV segment following a record 17,045 registrations in 2012. Prado recently became the first vehicle in its segment to post 200,000 sales in Australia with its popularity growing since it debuted here in 1996.

Over the past decade, customers have bought an average of more than 14,600 a year, making Prado a significant contributor during a period in which Toyota has been the overall market leader.

LandCruiser LC79 double-cab ute

Toyota’s tough 70 series range has also contributed to the company’s growth so far this year. Sales of the pick-up and cab-chassis workhorses have risen two per cent in the four months to the end of April, which comes on top of solid growth of 21.3 per cent in 2012.

The vehicle maker increased the appeal of the 70 series range last year with the introduction of a double-cab variant.

Toyota is now on its way to an 11th straight year as the market leader in Australia, and its 17th year overall at the top. It is the only brand with market share in double figures, achieving 19.9 per cent for the month of April 2013.

Toyota has sold 64,947 vehicles so far this year – 1,000 more than the corresponding period in 2012 and in excess of 30,000 sales ahead of any other brand. TJ

Imagine the possibilities” was the opening line of a print ad featuring this great photo of a Suzuki LJ50 4×4 on an inflatable raft that appeared in Australian off road magazines in the 1970s, when anything seemed possible during the early days of our RV boom.

The ad was for a company called 4×4 Australia P/L which in addition to being an authorised Suzuki 4×4 dealer also offered all kinds of off road and adventure equipment including “Avon inflatable Craft”.

The advert boasts that they were “the people who’ve really got it all together.” Guess that’s why they decided to put an LJ50 on a tiny inflatable raft with an outboard motor.

This photo certainly made us “imagine the possibilities” for the bloke on the back trying to steer the outboard while hanging onto the roof gutter with his fingernails. And check out the flex in the raft floor groaning under the weight of a nice new Suzuki 4×4. Hope he wasn’t going far.

We just can’t figure out how our intrepid adventurer got the LJ50 onto the raft in the first place? And how he was going to get it off again when he reached the other side?

If anyone knows how this story started – and more importantly finished – please contact Truck Jungle. Please. TJ

VF Commodore SV6 Ute

Holden has added cutting-edge technology and features to its famous Ute and reduced recommended retail prices (RRP) by up to $5,500 across the range.

The entry level 3.6 litre SIDI V6 automatic has a new RRP of just $32,990, down $2,500, and comes standard with the premium features Holden has introduced across the VF range including Auto Park Assist, front and rear parking sensors, remote vehicle start (automatic models only) and a rear view camera.

VF Ute also comes standard with the class-leading Holden MyLink infotainment system. With an eight-inch, high-resolution colour touch screen, MyLink features enhanced voice recognition, full iPod integration including Siri Eyes Free integration and embedded app technology including Pandora and Stitcher SmartRadio.

Holden has rolled out its new VF vehicle technology, including electric park brake with automatic release, Hill Start Assist, Trailer Sway Control and remote vehicle start (automatic transmission only), across every model in the Ute range.

Holden Executive Director Sales and Marketing, Philip Brook, said VF’s design and technology made the Holden Ute anything but utilitarian.

“VF offers the sort of world-class user technology that will redefine what it means to drive a ‘tool of trade’ vehicle. The Ute is so much more than its humble beginnings – it’s become an incredible vehicle by any definition,” he said.

“For performance lovers the Ute has become Holden’s ultimate two-door sports machine with half of our Ute customers choosing a V8 model. VF Ute offers more of what people want – great performance, luxury features and the latest safety technology – and red hot prices across the range.”

The first sports model in the Ute range is the SV6 manual with an RRP of $32,990.  Standard with a manual transmission, SV6 is also powered by the 3.6L SIDI V6 with significantly more features and a price rollback of $5,500.

SV6 gains the following features over the entry level Holden Ute:

  • Blind Spot Alert
  • Reverse Traffic Alert
  • FE2 sports suspension
  • 18 inch alloy wheels and chrome exhaust tip
  • limited slip differential (manual only)
  • exterior sports styling and sports seats
  • projector headlamps and LED daylight running lights
  • soft tonneau cover.

With the same features and technology, the famous SS Ute adds the 6.0 litre Gen IV V8 engine and comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. The new RRP for the manual SS Ute is $38,990, down $3,500 on the previous model.

Mr Brook said Holden had created a logical walk up for the Ute sport range, from SS to the coveted SS V-Series, which mirrored the sedan and Sportwagon line-up.

“We’ve reduced the new RRP for SS V-Series by $5,000 to $42,490. Which means for just $3,500, customers can add new 19 inch alloys, leather appointed seats, satellite navigation, colour multi-function driver information display and passive entry sensor key technology with push button start,” he said.

At the top of the performance table sits SS V Redline. Holden has added a significant number of advanced new technological features, yet still reduced the RRP for the manual SS V Redline Ute by $1,500 to $48,490.

In addition to the SS V-Series features, Redline adds Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Head-up Display driver safety technology. Redline also adds the  updated sports-tuned FE3 suspension package, Brembo brakes, forged 19 inch alloys as well as wider rear wheels for extra traction and competition mode with launch control and track settings.

“We’re so proud of the Holden engineering work across the VF range, but particularly on our Redline models. Commodore’s ground breaking technology and our upgraded Redline suspension will absolutely make the new SS V Redline Ute our ultimate Australian sports machine,” Mr Brook said.

Holden dealers can now take orders for VF Ute models with the start of production later this month.

2013 VF Commodore Ute (base model)

Ute highlights:

  • 3.6L SIDI V6 engine
  • 6 airbags (dual front driver and passenger, side impact thorax/pelvis and curtain airbags)
  • ECS, ABS & TCS
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  • Auto Park Assist
    • Rear view camera
    • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Automatic release electric park brake
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Trailer Sway Control
  • Remote vehicle start (automatic models only)
    • Enhanced multi-function display (monochrome) with:
    • Vehicle information menu
    • Trip information menu
    • Fuel economy menu
    • Warning/messages
  • Holden MyLink Infotainment System with 8” high-resolution colour touch-screen display
  • Embedded Apps including Pandora® and Stitcher Smartradio
  • Single CD player with MP3 capability
  • Full iPod integration including Siri Eyes Free and touch screen access for playlists, artist, albums, songs and genres
  • Enhanced voice recognition: phone calls, radio, navigation, smartphone/iPod/MP3 or USB audio control
  • Bluetooth audio streaming and auxiliary input jack

SV6 and SS Ute highlights over Ute:

  • 3.6L SIDI V6 engine (SV6) and 6.0-litre Gen IV V8 engine and dual exhaust (SS)
  • Front & rear sports fascia
  • 18 inch alloy wheels (4)
  • Projector headlamps and LED daylight running lamps
  • Sportec/cloth sports seats
  • Blind Spot Alert (option on Ute)
  • Reverse Traffic Alert (option on Ute)
  • Chrome exhaust tip
  • Soft tonneau cover

SS V Series Ute highlights over SS:

  • 6.0-litre Gen IV V8 engine standard
  • Leather appointed seats
  • 19 inch alloy wheels (4)
  • Sensor key technology with push button start
  • Front fog lamps
  • Colour digital instrument display: vehicle information menu, trip information menu, fuel economy menu, warning/messages
  • Satellite Navigation with full colour mapping with live traffic updates, traffic management control and points of interest
  • Footwell lamps
  • DVD playback (playable when stationary)

SS V Redline highlights over SS V:

  • Brembo brakes
  • Forged 19 inch alloy wheels (4)
  • Colour Head-up Display
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Updated FE3 ultra sports tuned suspension

VF Ute Pricing

Recommended retail prices, excluding dealer delivery and government charges:



VF pricing


Ute (auto only)

$35,490 (Omega)


- $2,500

SV6 (manual)




SS (manual)




SS-V (manual)




SS-V Redline (manual)




Automatic transmission adds     $2,200 including GST
Prestige paint adds                          $550 including GST

VF Ute Factory Fit Option Pricing (includes GST)

Holden Ute
Blind Spot Alert and Reverse Traffic Alert (bundled)     $350
Satellite Navigation                                                                $750
Soft tonneau cover                                                                  $490

Satellite Navigation                                                                  $750
Leather Appointed seats                                                         $1,000

Satellite Navigation                                                                  $750


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