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VE Ute Spotted

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Interesting.

It looks like they are trying for a more El Camino-like B pillar (less upright).

Good.

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Interesting.

It looks like they are trying for a more El Camino-like B pillar (less upright).

Good.

Now how did I know I would find you in here?
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Now how did I know I would find you in here?

:lol:

Imagine that!

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Interesting.

It looks like they are trying for a more El Camino-like B pillar (less upright).

Good.

No way this could be El Camino-like, it's a damned Holden! A "Chevy El Camino" based on the UTE would never be a real El Camino because it's just a Holden! :P:rolleyes:

Seriously, it looks good aside from the stupid side vent.

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No way this could be El Camino-like, it's a damned Holden! A "Chevy El Camino" based on the UTE would never be a real El Camino because it's just a Holden! :P:rolleyes:

Seriously, it looks good aside from the stupid side vent.

:lol:

Can't tell too much about it under all the camo, but I'm hopeful.

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Camino the ute mule gives me a vibe of the Camino rendering you have in your signature. :AH-HA_wink:
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Camino the ute mule gives me a vibe of the Camino rendering you have in your signature. :AH-HA_wink:

Music to my ears...

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The company I work for is doing a lot of work on the new ute and I've been personally involved. The new ute is definitely happening.

There are also reported to be quite a few of the camouflaged VE Utes running around the Melbourne area.
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Well i was driving past the Elizabeth plant today and look what i find!!!!! It was on the phillip highway side as well so everyone would have seen it.

Its the outer sheet metal seen from the inside.

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Excellent catch!

I like what I see, the B pillar is more El Camino-like!

:ohyeah:

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Well messing around in phohochop shows the car is a WB whereas the current Ute is a LWB. The rear overhang is longer but only a couple of inches. Phothochop coming using a SS-V base.

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Interesting chop.

I think I might like it more than the VZ ute.

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There are some hints from people in the know that the initial Australian availability date is going to be dictated by external parts suppliers. Word is that the earliest we could see the VE Ute in Australia is late 3Q 2007, with 4Q 2007, and even 1Q 2008 being mentioned if there is a problem with suppliers.

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So, if the export as an El Camino happens I'd guess it would be late 2008.

I can handle that.

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That'd be a good bet.

BTW: Saw a new VE HSV in my local shopping centre car park. It was fitted with the same wheels that G8 show car was wearing. Apparently they are the standard wheel fitted to the VE HSV GTS.

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Latest information is that GMH has a one week window booked in August to prepare the line for the Ute, and initial delivery is expected September/October.

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Does not help us in the states though, we want this thing. :(
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So, would an El Camino version of this get the VE nose (that the US is getting as the G8), but with a ME Lumina grille and bumper?

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So, would an El Camino version of this get the VE nose (that the US is getting as the G8), but with a ME Lumina grille and bumper?

That would be the most likely scenario as getting it done at all will only happen if the expenses are kept to a minimum.

I suppose that there is an outside chance that it could get the RWD Impala nose. I'd rather see that or even a Camaroesque nose, but I think I'll have to settle for the ME lumina version.

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That would be the most likely scenario as getting it done at all will only happen if the expenses are kept to a minimum.

I suppose that there is an outside chance that it could get the RWD Impala nose. I'd rather see that or even a Camaroesque nose, but I think I'll have to settle for the ME lumina version.

I fear that people would pick on it and the G8 gven the similarities in both 'faces', even though the cars as a whole are obviously quite different from one another...
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