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."


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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