3 utes for fleet managers on the move

All fleet managers need dependable vehicles to keep their staff on the move through thick and thin. Some, however, will be pushing their vehicles to the limit, with construction companies and tradies requiring tougher options that can handle rough roads, on-site conditions and inclement weather.

The answer - as any true blue Australian can tell you - lies with the humble ute, one of the country's great workhorses. No other vehicle is better equipped to carry tools, the family or anything else you can throw at it without breaking a sweat. 

Here are three options to keep your drivers moving no matter the conditions. 

1. Ford Ranger

As a staple of Australia's automotive landscape, Ford has been making pickup trucks for decades, with the old Courier being a common sight around construction sites. This time, Ford has borrowed a model from its American stable, sending the Ranger across to help tradies get around on our side of the world. 

Ford has taken the time to test the Ranger in extreme conditions as well, so you can be sure that whether you're crossing the outback or the Blue Mountains, it's more than up to the task. The Ranger has been tested in temperatures from -40°C to 50°C, far beyond what you'll find on the average construction site. 

2. Volkswagen Amarok

A European ute? This option is sure to turn heads at every job you go to. Not content with watching American and Australian vehicles dominate the ute market, German marque Volkswagen has thrown its hat into the ring. 

It has already proven itself as well, with Delivery Magazine naming it ute of the year for 2014. There's also a comprehensive range of variants to ensure that tradies get the vehicle they want, whether that's dual cab or single, manual or automatic. 

3. Holden HSV Maloo R8

Alright, we confess. This one is a little less practical than the others, but it will also ensure your staff are never late for a job again, provided you are willing to sacrifice fuel consumption in the name of the V8. 

This could be Holden's last go-fast ute, with the company looking to cease Australian production altogether in the coming years. Holden seems to have the idea that it's better to do a burnout than it is to fade away, extracting a staggering 430 kilowatts out of its 6.2 litre supercharged V8. 

Sadly for some, this vehicle is already somewhat of a relic already, with the move to green cars beginning to shape the automotive future