The Great Ute Debate: Which ute wins a tug of war?

Here are three videos I found to explore the discussion we had recently about the pulling power of utes.

Many people stated that towing capacity and pulling power was imperative for their ute.

While it was useful at work most also use their ute on weekend for recreational towing of the boat, or trailers with Quads, and motorbikes.

Some people commented that the Volkswagen Amarok might appear to have good towing and pull capacity but they were unconvinced.

So let’s look at a fun way to compare this. By the way if any manufacturers want to compete in a WOBH supervised event similar to these then drop me an email.

VW Amarok vs Ford Ranger:

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The Great Ute Debate – Part Two


Yesterday I asked for some help in crowdsourcing what it is that people like about particular origins of utes.

The results were interesting…and the reasoning in the comments was contradictory.

Some said they bought Japanese utes of various makes because of inertia…they always had.

Or reputation, because they used to have a good reputation.

Still others based their purchase decision on personal experience with a brand.

The most interesting comments were what the workers gravitate towards…worker tend to go with what works rather than looks or egos.

But what are the real factors behind buying a ute…we have already established that origin is a factor but not a major factor.

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I need a new ute, got any ideas?

I am looking for a new ute, there are plenty on the market, but what should I get.

I need a double cab, 4WD, shoot off the back and running board capabilities and a tuff deck of some sort…having a bluetooth phone connection is handy but not essential.

A Toyota Hilux: The former go to truck for a good keen man. Though a few owners, both commercial and recreational tell me they aren’t as happy as they used to be with Toyota’s offerings now. They are also on the expensive side.


A Nissan Navara: People I know who have these trucks rave about them.

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Some poor bugger isn’t going to get their new ute!!

Somebody won’t be getting a new black Hilux ute.

Public service announcement: Positions Vacant. We seek a skilled spatially aware driver for our car transport company, must be aware of bridge heights!!

THIS truck driver might want his time over again.

He made an embarrassing misjudgement, trying to squeeze his car carrier under the M1 at Springwood but ended up smashing a ute perched on his trailer.

The incident was captured on dashboard cam by a shocked motorist about 5pm Wednesday.

As the truck goes to make a right-hand turn on to Underwood Rodad, the driver underestimates the height of his vehicle and smashes a black Toyota Hilux into the concrete bridge.

It was a near miss for other vehicles riding the carrier, the roofs of a VW buggy and white ute barely scrape under.


Mark Mitchell steals his own ute, dobbed in by stepson, at least it wasn’t a gay ute

Mark Mitchell got dobbed in by his stepson for nicking the family ute.

Rodney MP Mark Mitchell was dobbed in to police by his stepson.

Taylor Bourne spotted his father’s ute travelling through Orewa on Wednesday at a time when Mr Mitchell was supposed to be in Wellington.

But Taylor didn’t know Mr Mitchell had rushed home to survey damage from the previous night’s storm.

He wanted to get a clear view of just what and who had been affected.

“This helps me because what happens is it will get fixed and then people’s memories start to dim which makes it difficult when you go back and try and get funding for further fixes and future proofing,” he says.   Read more »

As gay as fossy’s gay ute? [POLL]

This could quite easily be a serious challenger for Fossy’s Gay Ute:


Volkswagen has uncovered what could be the first hint at a hot new performance-focused Amarok ute.

The sporty new Amarok Concept Worthersee 2013 was revealed at the weekend’s Volkswagen fan show in Austria, boasting a punchy 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6 engine producing 200kW of power and 600Nm of torque.  Read more »

Ford’s new gay ute?

Could this be Fossy’s new gay ute?



The blue oval unveiled the Ford Atlas Concept at this week’s Detroit show, labelling it a vehicle to showcase the design, capability, fuel efficiency and smart technologies that will define future utility vehicles.

”The Ford Atlas Concept previews the innovations that will transform what people expect from their pickup (ute),” Raj Nair, the company’s group vice president, Global Product Development, said.

Ford claims the concept is inspired by decades of listening to customers at the places they work and play adding they believe the result is a purpose-driven design with prominent wheel arches, a wide stance and chiseled grille to reinforce its functional image.  Read more »


Making better ute choices

An email from a reader:

Not  a gay ute

Cam, I’ve often thought your merciless attacks about Foss’ choice of utility were more a freudian reflection on the size of your member.

But, this came to my attention, and now, like many of your loyal readers, I clearly see that indeed you are right on everything!

Please forgive me Cam.

National needs to make better ute choices!

A concerned reader

Fossy’s gay ute isn’t a shadow of the vehicle that this Ford F-150 is:  Read more »

Is this Fossy’s next gay ute?

A concerned reader emails:

Gay ute, Ford Ranger

Is this Fossy’s next gay ute?

Cam, the Sydney Morning Herald has written about the new gay ute from Ford.

The issue is that they like the New Ford Ranger Wildtrak, and think Hugh Jackman would be a likely celebrity owner….it’s sickening Cam, not a good way to start 2013.

Please make sure Fossy doesn’t see this.

A concerned reader.

Yes this is certainly very concerning. I understand that Fossy is indeed looking for a new gay ute, his old gay one, that was seen off road the other day when it had to avoid a car park puddle at Napier airport, has been barely used, ever since he scored the Crown BMW limo with his ministers job. Read more »

Not fetching, gay

John Key reckons his Cambodian silk shirt was “fetching”…he is wrong…it is gayer than the gay red shirt that he went on about. Maybe he will gift it to Fossy to wear in his gay ute.

If the PM is in any doubt he should ask Max

While some of the leaders looked resplendent in traditional Cambodian silk shirts, John Key looked, well, a little gay, in hot pink silk with bulging shoulder pads.

Mr Key described it later as “fetching”. And he said others had thought so too.

“That was broadly along the lines that the President [Barack Obama] described it as too,” he said with barely suppressed delight.