The Holden Ute Should've Been Sold in the USA


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I really think General Motors should've sold the Holden Ute in the United States -- so I reviewed a Holden Ute located in California to demonstrate exactly why.

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Add a mustang chassis instead.

1 day ago

Hey Everyone! He is filming in my state!

1 day ago

i saw about 10 of these things in the first 5 minutes on arrival in Sydney. i could immediately see that it was a GM product and i was just as immediately certain that it would sell like nuts in the US. another in a long list of missed opportunities by a big three American auto maker. no surprise, really.

2 days ago

I might be a bit biased but they are awesome

3 days ago

It looks like a trailer park trash truck.

3 days ago

Wasn’t just sold in Aussie they’re popular here in New Zealand too. The Ford version is the Falcon and they also came out in ute shape. Holden bought out a 4dr version of the Commodore Ute too

5 days ago

VW made the Rabbit Pickup as well. Even had a diesel version that got almost 50 mpg.

1 week ago

Sucks to live in America, they did not even have skylines

1 week ago

was also sold in New Zealand , where it sold hugely , along with it's sedan and wagon variants

1 week ago

Jumbuck

1 week ago

Holden invented the Ute around 1948. The idea being work on the farm through week and take the missus and kids to church on Sundays. You'd just chuck the kids in the tray. The chassis is based on the station wagon which is longer than the sedan. A utility by definition in Australia has to be based on a family car. Whereas a pick up has no family car connection. All Aussie blokes love their utes. If you liked that ve model, you would have loved the vy crewman. It had 4 doors and the 5.7 ltr.

1 week ago

“It feels really tight”

1 week ago

"And you CAN carry around huge items, because this car can take up to A THOUSAND POUNDS in the bed - try carrying around 1,000 pounds in a normal car."

I carried 13 80-pound sacks - 1,040 pounds' worth - of Quickcrete (and a bunch of related tools/equipment) in my 1979 Dodge Aspen 4-dr, along with a passenger. Filled the trunk AND the back seat area, lol, and it didn't do the leaf springs any favors (or the gas tank and bottom of the rear bumper - steep driveway approach angle), but it didn't actually bottom-out the suspension. And, of course, the 225 /6 was up to the task.

That's probably not done all that often, though ;) . But it was just an old beater I bought for $300 to get through a Winter and, afterwards, figured I might as well kill it through use. I was never able to do that, though, even though I routinely ended up taking advantage of the fact that the outside of my favorite "way too fast" curve was a low wall that I eventually managed to hit/scrape along so many times that there was one continuous black line at bumper-guard level from the beginning to the end of it. Finally sold it when the amount of rust became too great to get even a "good ol' boy" mechanic to put an annual inspection sticker on. I got $300 for it, same as I paid. Miles on car when I bought it: 98,241. Miles on car when I sold it: 276,505. Condition of that old slant-6 at the time of sale: Perfect (regular maintenance only) - and I pretty much always drove with one or the other pedal mashed, and shifted the automatic transmission manually "just before the car stopped accelerating in its current gear" 90% of the time (again, it was a beater that I drove like a rental car). Best... zero dollars I ended up spending on a vehicle, ever. Even removed the oil plug one night right after I bought it and drove home from work with it in my POCKET because Pop, upon hearing the engine, told me that "when" it blew up, he'd let me have the elephant motor that he'd saved when he rolled his old Charger to put in its place. Sadly (lol), all Chrysler /6 engines must sound like 1898 Singer sewing machines, because it just wouldn't die. Oh, and speaking of oil-related things: Oil pressure idiot light blinked along with the idle when I bought it. Drained the oil (both quarts, ha ha ha) out, put six quarts of kerosene in it, and drove to lunch and back. Drained that - which looked like oil from all the sludge it had picked up - and did a normal oil change. Problem solved. Probably couldn't get away with that in a 2019 model year vehicle.

1 week ago

There were also the GMC Sprint, the Cadillac Mirage, and the Cadillac... Caribou, I think.


Yes, GM should have sold a badge-engineered version of the Holden Ute, perhaps as a Pontiac ("Pontiac excitement, lol"). Two versions - a basic one for the masses, and a Maloo one with the hottest Corvette drivetrain, or the intercooled turbo V6 Buick engine that they put in the GNX, Grand National, T-Type, Turbo T, and the '89 Pontiac Turbo T/A for those with money and a heavy right foot - along with some decent marketing, and they'd have had a winner in terms of sales (and in terms of several other things, too). Sure, they'd have been stealing customers from some of their other models - but they'd have also stolen customers from other brands, too. And, since Holden is a subsidiary of General Motors, it's not like the existing GM division service departments would have had any trouble working on them, and wouldn't even have required any retraining like they would have if, for example, they'd imported a 2CV.



Instead, General Motors chose to give the USA the Pontiac Aztec. And THIS... (lol) is why there is no more Pontiac.

1 week ago

Looking up the Sprint, Mirage, and Caribou they look ridiculously ornate, I think I am having as much trouble figuring out what they would use them for as Americans must have for utes.

1 week ago

If Americans are excited about this then Jesus Christ wait until they see the R8 Maloo

1 week ago

Strayaaaaa🇦🇺

1 week ago

It didn't 'catch on' in Australia, Australians have had the ute for almost as long as they've had cars.

How you have such a following when your videos are chock full of inaccuracies is beyond me.

There's also the poor (and inconsistent) sound quality, your annoying voice etc.

1 week ago

I find it so funny how America is trying to say they created the Ute, when the first Holden Ute came out in the 1950s

1 week ago

what about the rear suspension?

1 week ago

I love how excited he is getting over this wacky bizarre, sporty, fast, utility vehicle with all these fancy features such as towing and more. Meanwhile myself and everyone else in Australia drives and sees these things every day. In all it forms from sedan, wagon or ute; it's actually hard to NOT see this beauty.
Plus since there are SO many of them here, you actually can pick them up 2nd hand pretty cheap and there is no shortage of parts!

1 week ago

Grossly, underrated vehicle for the North American market. Agreed, this car should have been sold in the US and Canada. I know it would have created line-ups at dealerships. Thanks to the weak socialist gov'ts of Terdhole Jr. and Obama-Osama it never happened.

1 week ago

GM would have sold more of these in the US than the SSR.

1 week ago

The onstar button was added in America. That doesn’t exist in Australia. Don’t even know what that is haha

2 weeks ago

Can’t afford to drive them in Australia no more with petroleum prices so sell them while you can as I had to do ☹️

2 weeks ago

This vehicle was also sold in South Africa but badged as a Chevrolet - It had the engine from the corvette of that period

2 weeks ago

@ROYALE w/cheese what do you mean? You do know that Holden was part of the GM group right? . Holden was just a rebadged Chevrolet/Opel/Vauxhall - depending which part of the world you live in.
This vehicle was sold by GM of South Africa - not imported and converted like in the states. You could walk into a Chevrolet dealership and buy one brand new.

2 weeks ago

Slammed Vdubber how did that happen?

2 weeks ago

Love ya reviews most of all.more holderns pls

2 weeks ago

We had this as a Chevrolet Lumina SS ute and a Sedan

2 weeks ago

hey doug you should make a video about the ford excursion

2 weeks ago

I wonder why they didn't?

2 weeks ago

Utes got to love them, should have been sold in the US, too bad holden have stopped making them here in OZ too. Long live the ute.

2 weeks ago