Big hit with the guys
Australia’s own, the iconic Holden Ute, is starting to lose its shine, writes Neil Dowling
BEING acknowledged as the country that invented the ute is like being lauded for being the first person to market pet rocks. It’s a novelty that is starting to wane. Yes, utes have their place— and will continue to have a place — in any industry that involves itself in moving things that can’t be carried by humans.
But in a world that is heaving towards space and fuel-efficient transportation, a two-seat semi-commercial vehicle with a thirst for dwindling fossil fuels is starting to lose its gloss.
HOLDEN’S SV6 ute is not a bad piece of work, once you figure out what to do with it.
At $38,490 plus on-road costs, it’s an expensive vehicle compared with some overseas-made utes that are more purpose-designed to haul stuff.
The SV6 has Holden’s rather hoarsesounding 3.6-litre V6 that, later this year, gets the ability to run on E85. In some states, that indicates a small fuel saving.
Standard kit in the SV6 includes sports seats, Bluetooth integration with iPod/USB connectivity, 18-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, a neat
Five stars: the Commodore SV6 Ute gets a lot of credit for its safety.