mrinku wrote:No mate. "Ute" is a general term used for any car with a flatbed, regardless of the base vehicle, or tray design. The venerable Toyota Hi-lux is a classic example of a Ute, regardless of the base vehicle being a sedan or more of an SUV. If it's got a rear seat it would be termed a "King Cab Ute", but it's still a Ute.
"Pickup" is a term not used and "Truck" refers to much larger vehicles.
And you're incorrect about the smaller two door vehicles not having caught on in the rest of the world. Maybe not the USA, but old Hi-luxes are endemic in the Third world and are often seen as technicals, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. In the Middle East there's a good supply of recent "truck/SUV" models from the rich Arab Countries though.
Maybe down under Ute is a general term mate (probably for the same reason we Americans call all small vans minivans), but here in the States we either call them pickup trucks, flat bed trucks, just pickups, or (if one blindly believes the Wiki) station wagons.
Ute (at least the first time I heard it any rate) referred specifically to a small two door flat bed model of car (the love child of a compact/family car and a pickup truck) that was originally made for the Australian market (where they caught on like wildfire) by someone like Ford so that ranchers/shepherds/farmer in the outback would have a good work vehicle that they could drive livestock into market with but was also be nice looking enough that they could drive to it church. However, I can see how it could devolve into a general term (which it has apparently).
As to the pictured small car, I well take your word on it that it is doing well in the third world, but I have seen a lot of different cars and vehicles in the world at large being used for all kinds of things and Toyota pickup trucks are one of the few regulars (most of the others are either also Japanese or scraped together cars).