Get used to “pickup”: Falcon to be last Aussie ute

There will be no utes made in Australia, following the end of local production for Ford next year.

According to News Corp, the Ranger ute’s replacement will be a “pickup”, with the next Holden Colorado likely to be billed as a “truck”. The last locally-made Ford ute is the FG X Ford Falcon, which will be made up until the end of Ford's local manufacturing operations.

Ford’s communications manager told News Corp that a “ute” and “pick-up” were different things.

"As far as Ford is concerned, a ute in the traditional sense has a monocoque chassis, where the body is part of the chassis,” said Neil McDonald.

Imported Mazdas, Volkswagens and Great Walls all use ute to describe their vehicles, though they are the same style as the Ranger.

Ford will end its local production completely in 2016, with Holden and Toyota to do the same the following year.

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