As a result of a long rambling discussion over at Gary's place about the political and environmental issues surrounding SUVs, David and I have reached the following important conclusion.
Australians call small trucks "utes", short for "utility vehicles".
"SUV" stands for "Sports Utility Vehicle".
Therefore, we should call SUVs "sputes".
"Spute" may well be my new favourite word (with the possible exception of Terry Pratchett's "sausagidity"). Henceforth, I shall call SUVs "sputes", and I invite you all to join me.