Big shortage of gay utes in Australia

Craig Foss has the Ford Ranger Wildtrak, the gayest ute on NZ roads.

Now it seems that there is a shortage of that model in Australia.

The Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger are now the top sellers in the ute class.

Many buyers are unaware that, despite the badges, the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger are made in Thailand along with the Holden Colorado, Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi Triton, Mazda BT-50 and Isuzu D-Max.

Regardless of where they’re made, Aussies can’t get enough of them.

There is a six-month waiting list for the top-of-the-range Ford Ranger Wildtrak, despite its $60,000-plus price, and a three-month wait for the $55,000 flagship Toyota HiLux SR5.

There must be a lot of pooftahs in Australia looking for a gay ute.

The new Ford Ranger — designed and engineered in Australia but made overseas — has clawed back ground from the Toyota HiLux, the top-selling workhorse for more than three decades.

Ford is so close to overtaking the Toyota it has stopped its “challenger” advertisements that dared customers to take a HiLux for a test drive.

“Comparison advertising was helpful at the time, but the Ranger stands on its own now,” said Ford Australia spokesman Wes Sherwood.

“Buyers recognise it was designed and engineered for Australian conditions. Ute owners rely on their vehicles for their livelihood, and more capability means they can get more work done.”

Ford passed Toyota in New Zealand last year.

I am very happy with my Isuzu D-Max utes from Southern Autos…I can’t wait to try the next one they give me…it is nearly due.

I’ve loved driving the D-Max Shadow; it is an awesome ute.

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