2011 Holden Thunder Ute

Any Australians anxiously awaiting the return of the Thunder can now breathe a tremendous sigh of relief; it seems that Holden will be bringing back the special edition Thunder nameplate to the VE Series II Ute line-up. The special edition has been launched as a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the original 1951 Ute and will be based on the popular SV6 and SS Ute models. The SV6 will be powered by a 3.6l SIDI V6 and the SS Ute will come with the standard V8. Both models will come standard with a six-speed manual transmission and optional six-speed automatic.

The special edition Holden Thunder Ute will be available in 10 exterior colors and will be distinguished by unique 19-inch five spoke charcoal alloy wheels. Thunder badges will also be visible on the side and rear of the exterior, while the interior gets sports seats with leather bolsters and Touch-screen Holden-iQ system with Satellite Navigation.

"Over 60 years of production, the Holden ute has evolved from typical tradesman’s transport to two-door sports machine with a practical edge - that’s epitomized by the Thunder range," Holden Executive Director of Sales, Marketing and Aftersales John Elsworth said. "It is a really bold, tough looking ute which we think will appeal to many of our traditional sports ute buyers. We’re expecting it to be an absolute winner in our showrooms."


I do love the blue paint job of this car. However, Its kind of disappointing that they haven’t make this car sportier. I really doubt the reliability of Holden car!

Yeah, me too, I haven’t read anything about that yet. Though I must say, I am definitely in it if they would bring the Ute to the states, as I know that it will find a place there.

So, are they bringing the Ute to the US market? I really haven’t heard much about that since they first announced it. I am really looking forward to seeing this one soon.

hmm.I haven’t read much about the details in the performance of this car manufacturer. And I think they are very slow in producing a car. So, I don’t think that they are that reliable. I bet there are other best option in the market rather than this car.

Honestly, I don’t like the paint job for this car and although it has a 10 option for the exterior. And actually, so much for the upgrade in the body, I was expecting for minor modification the engine performance.

But I think that the Ute would still be a success in the rural areas. This one would be a rather good alternative pickup trucks that are available in the market today.

I agree. For one, Nissan’s and Toyota’s pickup models already have a strong foothold here. Add to that the ones made by GM and you can practically say that the Holdem Ute would have a hard time.

Yeah, you’re right on that jay_walker. But I don’t think that this would be the same here in the States. You see, there are a lot of pickup models here that have a huge following, so the Ute would definitely have tough competition.

Well, since they are a big hit in Australia, where the terrain is pretty rough. That one would probably be enough proof of how reliable the car is.

@benjie_klien, IMO, I think this is not the best pick-up. If you are going to buy a truck better choose other option in the market,if you want a reliable vehiclesmiley 

Sorry, but I’m not a fan of Holden cars. I really don’t get why they are still here in the auto industry there cars are not that reliable.

Is it me, or does the Ute actually looks a bit lower this time around? But that’s really no bother, since the reliability of this car is the more important aspect.

Well, the Thunder’s entry is really not that all surprising. After all, we were already expecting this one to arrive anytime soon after they have revealed that they would be getting the sedan.

Would you look at that, we were just talking about this one a few weeks back. Good thing that they will be bringing the Thunder back, that one is certainly a great pickup.

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