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Readers have captured the new Holden Commodore VE ute.

Check out the our feature story on the VE Ute launch, including great images and video.

It is only weeks away from an eagerly awaited launch but CARSguide has nabbed the new Holden Commodore VE ute.

The disguised SS ute had 18-inch alloys, dual exhausts and a modest body kit. It was caught on the Western Highway, returning from Daylesford, by eagle-eyed readers Jamie Smith and Lucy White.

The new range will be launched to the media in 12 days, the line-up including an entry base model SV6 and an SS V8. High-performance HSV models are expected next year.

Visually, the ute adopts the same features as the sedan from the A-pillars forward, but has total bespoked metal behind the front doors.

Unlike the Ford Falcon ute, the Commodore ute has a single side pressing for the ute tray and door frame.

The ute's tray appears slightly higher, which should mean a deeper tub to improve carrying capacity.

The previous-generation ute was based on the long-wheelbase Statesman/Caprice platform, but the new car is expected to be based on the Commodore sedan, which itself has a slightly longer wheelbase.

Outgoing Holden chairman Denny Mooney was a big fan of the VZ ute and believed there were potential export markets for a left-hand drive VE ute.

However, Holden remains tight-lipped about any export plans.

It is widely known that General Motors lacks a smaller car-based utility in its US product portfolio and is keen to add a smaller, more economical 'pickup.'

Check out the our feature story on the VE Ute launch, including great images and video.

 

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  • WELL LADZY CAR

    bema Posted on 19 November 2007 10:06am
  • I have seen the new ute in the flesh at an invitation unveiling lats Tuesday at the docklands. this thing will sell like savs at the footy - at 40 gorillas the ss is for me it looks stunning - finally quad exhausts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    sean walsh Posted on 28 August 2007 9:52am
  • Crappy Holden, looks like a ford to me but guess what the ford ute is 100 times better, for looks, being user friendly, which is what a ute is suppose to be and handling and refinement and comfort I should go on but I won't I'm just making Holden fans cringe then cry please stop ahhhhhhhhh VE MEANS ALOT TO AUSTRALIA YEAH FCK OFF U TRY HARDS

    zz top Posted on 24 August 2007 9:46am
  • Crappy Holden, looks like a ford to me but guess what the ford ute is 100 times better, for looks, being user friendly, which is what a ute is suppose to be and handling and refinement and comfort I should go on but I won't I'm just making Holden fans cringe then cry please stop ahhhhhhhhh VE MEANS ALOT TO AUSTRALIA YEAH FUK OFF U TRY HARDS

    zz top Posted on 24 August 2007 9:45am
  • If thats the ve ute then Im sorry i will buy a ford or an toyota aurion i was a holden fan yet the holden should now be could a folden because it looks like a ford from the sadan to the ute

    James Mangano Posted on 21 August 2007 9:58am
  • I hear that Holden are launching a Ute Microsite to help launch the New uVEte.. should be pretty cool.. the link is http://www.evolutionendshere.com/

    Robbo Posted on 16 August 2007 9:57am
  • The new VE ute should be good and to answer rotton ronnie's 'feedback'... are u 12yrs old??? whats wrong with the pushrod's. The have a lot more potential then some of your rice burners.... ie 1900rwhp from a VZ ss ute. The sound great and even though they may be big motors the weigh a lot less then u think. An all alloy construction makes this possible. There are plenty of 2.0L dohc turbo motors that are worse on fuel then the 'big' V8's. Your trouble is that u follow the crowd too much and dont base your arguement on facts, just childish works like shitbox and crap... to explain your arguement.

    Matt Posted on 15 August 2007 10:10am
  • The article says that it's well known that the US 'lacks' a 'smaller car-based utilty' - that's a pretty obscure market segment to be lacking in, given that none of the other manufacturers represented in the US have such a vehicle (unless they're still having trouble selling that legacy-based monster). More optimism for Holden, you lack something when there is a need or want for it... Of course if they could find a niche... (although new CAFE regs would make that difficult with the current VE engine range)

    Alasdair Underwood Posted on 15 August 2007 10:10am
  • Any chance they will be making a 1 Tonne Version? My dad rekons they are more user friendly for him.

    G Jenkins Posted on 15 August 2007 9:44am
  • bloodt awesome ute

    brent andrew kennedy Posted on 14 August 2007 6:10pm
  • for a start they do'nt make a aussie v8 anymore, i suppose you drive drive a rusted out, sh%# box. you are nothing but a dickhead chev carp eh you must be pretty dumb to say that

    Brian Hirst Posted on 14 August 2007 5:46pm
  • evolutionendshere.com.au

    brute Posted on 14 August 2007 1:02pm
  • boy holden really thought about this or did they. looks just like the other 10 years of holden same boring plain jane with the front bolted on from the new model thats it shit box ute.get with it do something different style,shape use your brains how about a aussie v8 not the out dated pushrod chevy crap give aussies ago stuff the yanks

    rotton ronnie Posted on 14 August 2007 12:59pm
  • Well, it is going to be a hot looking ute i will just say that. It looks short...but so did the sedan when it came out. Anyway...has anyone heard or seen anything about the Wagon...ive heard from around its huge!

    That one Posted on 13 August 2007 1:41pm
  • mmmm... Looks a little short on the wheelbase by that photo doesn't it? Oh well, sure to be a treat, can't wait for the High-Performance HSV model to come out !! please someone who knows when exactly the normal holden version is being released post a comment!

    John Smith Posted on 13 August 2007 9:45am
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