Holdenâs VE SS Ute has claimed the 2009 Drive Car of the Yearâs Best Ute Award for the third consecutive year.
The reigning champion was complimented for its car-like handling and for becoming the first utility in Australia to receive a maximum five star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).
The ute was judged by a panel of experts from Drive.com.au, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age on a broad criteria including performance, price, quality, comfort, practicality and safety.
Drive Car of the Year judge David Morley said the SS Ute had stood out because it managed to retain many of the things that make the SS sedan a such compelling product.
âThe Holden Ute has the ability to make any drive not just comfortable and easy but actively enjoyable,â Mr Morley said.
âThereâs not a single one of our judges that wouldnât have been happy to drive this product home.â
National Drive Editor and Drive Car of the Year judge Toby Hagon added that âwhen it comes to fun â¦ there are not many cars that can nail it like the SS Ute.â
Holden Director of Marketing Philip Brook said winning back-to-back Best Ute awards was a great achievement that acknowledged the local talent that went into the program.
âTo win this award for the third consecutive year recognises Holdenâs ongoing commitment to delivering value, style and performance,â Mr Brook said.
The VE SS Ute is well equipped with standard features including 18-inch alloy wheels, sports body kit with fog lamps, quad exhausts, six-disc MP3 compatible CD system, Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity, side impact airbags, curtain airbags and Electronic Stability Control.
It is powered by Holdenâs 6.0 litre Gen IV V8 engine, delivering 270kW of peak power and 530Nm of peak torque and is matched to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with Active Select.
Price this car:
MSRP: not available yet
Invoice: $ 34,990
Source: Holden Press Release