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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  • Disinfectant

    A case of the old adage; make things, or provide the services people want or need.
    Sometimes they are not quite sure what they want, other than something not currently available. That is where businesses take risk and if they get it right, everyone wins with the business making lots of money for its shareholders, downstream support and happy customers.
    It took decades for the American Auto manufacturing industry to finally realise that there was something in all those Japanese imports in the 80’s and 90’s.

  • Steve kay

    No other Ute touches Isuzu. Million km trucks. Only common rail that has never had issues. Bucket loads of torque, and there’s a nifty plug n play common rail chip that increases torque by 30% and fuel efficiency by 15%. No footprint so can fit to a new truck without voiding the warranty (remember to remove before a service)

    I’ve got the first model they built, 350 000km of hard use and still runs like new. D Max tough

    • david48

      Can you supply a few more details on the plug and play common rail chip

  • Left Right Out

    While waiting at the after hours doc I was chatting to a bloke who was telling me his brother is making a killing bringing in Rangers that had been written off in OZ, fixing them and selling them to a dealership here in Christchurch (or fixing them on behalf… I can’t remember)

    Made me to be not so keen on a second hand one thats for sure

  • FornaK

    Yes Australia is full of pooftahs, and underarm throwers, and Crowded House stealers, and pavlova stealers, and Russell Crowe stealers. Wait, they can have him

  • rantykiwi

    Make the most of your next Isuzu D-Max – by the time that’s due an upgrade you’ll probably be in the new Citroen offering.