It’s not so much an elephant in the room as dinosaurs in the driveway.
Anywhere you look, our roads are choking with dual-cab utes. Always popular, they now dominate, to the point where the best- and second-best sellers wear Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger badges.
Celebrated and lately even feted, they’ve become ingrained in our national psyche, in much the same way Holden and Ford utes (and for a brief period during the 1970s, panel vans) once were.
Transcending workhorse origins, the once-humble ute is now everything from a $100K status symbol to a rite of passage for P-platers seeking to break away.
Plus, car companies love them, too. More than one insider has revealed that they can be a licence to print money.
So, here’s my beef. The dual-cab ute’s newfound status reflects Australia’s slide from progressive to prehistoric.