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Holden VE Ute - Down Under El Camino
 

Should this be the new El Camino?

Holden VE Ute - Down Under El Camino
 
Posted August 24 2007 04:16 PM by Edward A. Sanchez 
Filed under: Opinions, Trend Observations, Truck News , Chevy

2008 Holden VE Ute

Holden, GM's Australian division, just unveiled its new VE Ute range. If that doesn't mean anything to you, just think of it as a modern-day El Camino. Inevitably, the subject of the El Camino raises controversy among truck enthusiasts. There are those that say it's not even a "real" truck, those that love it and miss it, and those that like it but think a new one would be a total flop in the marketplace, much like Chevy's ill-fated SSR.


2008 Holden VE Ute Rear View

If you're curious about the hardware, just look at the spec sheet of the upcoming Pontiac G8 sedan, and it's a lot of the same stuff. Standard 3.6L V-6, and an optional 6.0L V-8 making 362 horsepower. Its 118.5 inch wheelbase and 198.4 length are also within a few inches of its sedan brethren. Also sure to raise the ire of pickup purists is the fact the new 'ute has (gasp!) independent rear suspension.

2008 Holden VE Ute 6-speed shifter

In all reality, the cards are stacked against this one for coming across the Pacific. The full-size pickup is not the fixture in Australia that it is in the U.S. Utes are, for all intents and purposes, the "pickups" of Australia. The market for this novelty in the U.S. would be admittedly limited. A Crew Cab version (like that offered on the previous-generation VU Ute) would probably broaden its appeal, but beyond those few that like the rakish, low-slung looks of this Ute, those buyers would probably gravitate toward a full-size crew cab.

Me? I'd LOVE to see this come over as a new El Camino, and I'd be personally very interested in owning such a vehicle. I know I'm probably in the minority, but I thought I'd speak up anyway. What do you guys think? Would this make a great revived Elko, or is this just a interesting international novelty that doesn't really fit in the U.S. market? 



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