Watch Chris Harris' Tire-Smoking Ode To The Last Legendary Aussie V8

Watch our tamed racing driver Chris Harris flog the insanely powerful "El Camino-esque" Holden HSV Maloo GTS ute around an Australian race track and see why he reckons; there's no greater honor than introducing a very fast car that can tow [3,500 pounds]. » 12/17/14 11:19am 12/17/14 11:19am

These Classic Ute Photos Will Make You All Camino

Make all the 'convicts on a desert island' jokes you want, but the Aussies know more about utility vehicles than any nation on earth. Let these slides from the seventies take you back to the glory days of being practical. » 10/24/13 8:34am 10/24/13 8:34am

Why Ford Should Reintroduce the Ranger as a Ute.

In 2011, the Ford Ranger was phased out in order to stop the tiny truck from cannibalizing sales from the F150. Ford has claimed their halo truck to be the number one selling pickup truck for as far back as I can remember (24 years apparently). The Detroit firm has come under increasing pressure from its competitors… » 4/22/13 3:00pm 4/22/13 3:00pm

How The Hell Did Someone Register A Holden Ute In New York?

We have a bit of an El Camino fetish here. Anytime someone mentions the prospect of it coming back to America, we get all hot and bothered and have dirty dreams for weeks. Alas, GM never makes it happen and we have to lust after our Holden driving friends in Australia. » 12/20/12 2:20pm 12/20/12 2:20pm

1986 Ford Falcon Utes And Vans Show Australia's Vehicular Superiority

The Australian car market is a truly fascinating place. While we love our massive, hulking pickup trucks, the Aussies are perfectly happy in their car-based utes from Ford and Holden. It's like an alternate reality where everyone said, "Why have an F-150 when you can have an El Camino?" » 8/04/12 10:30am 8/04/12 10:30am

1980 Holden Kingswood Is The Ute That Treats You Right

When it comes to being convinced of the merits of the half car/half truck hybrid pretty much any argument no matter how ridiculous or far-fetched will work—at least for us. » 5/26/12 9:00am 5/26/12 9:00am

Watch an Aussie Ute catch fire doing a burnout

This is last weekend's Burnout Mayhem 2011, where the Australians have shown the world how a burnout is done. It's not just the smoke crowds want. You've got to go straight to flaming carnage to make a real burnout. » 12/21/11 1:00pm 12/21/11 1:00pm

An amusingly British way to sell your rare Austin Ute

It's rarer than hen's teeth and more rotten than a pear sitting in the owner's orchard, but that is only the beginning of the amusing description that accompanies this 1976 Austin Ute. » 11/06/11 11:00am 11/06/11 11:00am

For $6,000, ute in revolt

Here in the states, the El Camino and Ranchero battled for decades as car-based pickups. Australia is much like the US, only upside down, and today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Falcon XF Ute might have required a bed cap to keep everything from falling up when down there. Now that it's here, that's not a problem, but is… » 8/17/11 8:00am 8/17/11 8:00am

Aussie marketers make us crave Holden Ute

Our obsession with the Holden Ute is a mix of Single White Female and The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, but it's about to go full-on creepy One Hour Photo if one doesn't land on our shores soon. This short commercial for the Holden "Thunder" Ute is only exacerbating things. (Hat tip to MrQuick!) » 8/12/11 1:30pm 8/12/11 1:30pm

This is one insane supercharged Aussie super truck

Walkinshaw is perhaps best known for making Aussie super cars we can't get here. Their latest Series II SuperUte is the most enticing and most ridiculous of all. » 7/08/11 8:01pm 7/08/11 8:01pm

The BMW M3 Pickup is not for real

Holy Ride of the Valkyries, what's this? Caught this week testing at the Nürburgring with all the other BMW M-Class models was this El Camino "Die Straße" coupe, with a truck bed. UPDATE: Sorry, folks. Not happening... » 3/15/11 2:31pm 3/15/11 2:31pm

A Fiery Burnout So Epic It's Apocalyptic

Forget every burnout you've ever seen. Every donut. Nothing tops this blown methanol ute blasting fire from its tires. See, first you think it's awesome, and then a fire crew comes. And then it gets even more awesome. » 12/08/10 12:30pm 12/08/10 12:30pm

Enter The El Camarino!

Australia has kept the flame of truck-cars burning bright well after it was snuffed out here. Now lucky Austrailans can graft a Camaro front end onto a Holden Commodore VE ute. God bless global platforms. » 11/22/10 4:00pm 11/22/10 4:00pm

REPORT: Pontiac G8 To Return As RWD Chevy Sedan, Ute

The Australians are convinced Holden's sending the Zeta RWD platform, which formerly underpinned the Pontiac G8, back to the U.S. as a Chevy sedan. If this is true, we're thinking an El Camino-badged Ute is a no brainer. [Drive] » 11/22/10 9:30am 11/22/10 9:30am

The $91K, 535 HP El Camino We'll Never Get

Our stillborn Pontiac G8 ST is South Africa's Chevrolet Ute SS, and one tuner's cranked the SuperUte's supercharged V8 to 535 hp. It's sexier than that South African chick I dated, and maybe even crazier. [via] » 11/11/10 2:00pm 11/11/10 2:00pm

Massive Flood + Junkyard = Floating Junkyard

Devastating flooding in southern Australia has left hundreds of cars submerged in Wangaratta, including this junkyard. The worst flooding in a decade's caused State Emergency Service to evacuate several cities. More photos of the carnage below. Poor, poor Aussie sheetmetal. » 9/07/10 2:30pm 9/07/10 2:30pm

Ford GS Boss 5.0 315 Ute: Grass Growing Increasingly Greener Down Under

Australia's Ford Performance Vehicles has chucked the Ford Falcon GS Ute's 5.4-liter V8 for the Mustang's 5.0-liter V8 plus a 1.9-liter supercharger to create the Ford GS Boss 5.0 315 Ute. 428-hp, 402 lb-ft of torque, all forbidden fruit. [Pickuptrucks] » 9/01/10 1:15pm 9/01/10 1:15pm

Sorry, Gringo, No Baby Pickups For You: Chevrolet Tornado

Mexican cartruck shoppers who don't want a new VW Saveiro or Ford Courier haven't run out of options; El General makes a Camino-ized Opel Corsa! » 4/17/10 4:00pm 4/17/10 4:00pm