The Death of the Holden Ute.

The Holden ute is about to be retired forever, after clocking up almost 65 years on Australian roads.

The Aussie icon has had its sales - and hopes - crushed by a flood of pick-ups imported from Thailand. One in five of all new vehicles sold so far this year comes from Thailand, second only to Japan.

Australian-made cars now account for less than one in 10 of all new vehicle deliveries in Australia; local production is at its lowest level since 1957. Holden Commodore ute sales are down by a staggering 31 per cent year-to-date, the lowest sales of all time. The sedan and wagon are up 15 per cent since the new Commodore arrived.

Holden cannot justify the investment in a new Commodore ute because buyers have shifted to Toyota HiLux-style pick-ups - most of which are made in Thailand, where production labour rates are one-fifth of Australia's.

Enthusiast buyers have less than three years to decide if they want a new Holden ute before it is relegated to the history books alongside arch rival Ford's Falcon ute by the end of 2016.

We have entered the end times.

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