So this post is for D. in Texas.
The Ute is an Aussie invention and icon. It was invented by Ford way back in the olden days (1930's) for farmers. It has the front of a normal sedan and a tray for the rear. Utes have transformed themselves from being a farm vehicle to a modern day muscle car. There is huge rivalry between the two brands of ute: Holden and Ford. Both companies build V6 and V8 versions. Naturally, V8's are the sexiest. The car is one of the most practical vehicle's around (unless you require a family vehicle). They are most popular with tradesmen and sportsmen (and women with blond spiral perms who's names are usually Kazza or Shazza). There is even a HUGE Ute festival:
The above pic a picture I took up at North Head of Judo's Ute for a ute forum. You can throw all sorts of gear in the back including dive gear, mountain bikes, camping gear, the odd dirt bike and so much more. It's a lad's car.