The all-new Holden Colorado has joined the growing list of five-star rated one-tonne pick-up trucks, after earning the maximum crash safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

The premium five-star rating for Holden’s new crew-cab one tonner is a significant improvement on the previous Isuzu-based Colorado. It now joins the PX Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50, Volkswagen Amarok and Falcon/Commodore utes in holding the maximum ANCAP safety rating.

The announcement of the Colorado’s five-star award is good timing for Holden, given the July 1, 2012 introduction of the Australian Government’s LCV (Light Commercial Vehicle) fleet purchasing policy, which states that all new LCVs across the Commonwealth fleet must hold at least a four-star ANCAP rating or better.

An increasing number of major fleet buyers are demanding nothing less than the maximum five-star rating, including mining giant BHP Billiton. The ANCAP result is a crucial sales tool for Holden, given that it has made no secret of its plans to wrestle fleet sales from Toyota’s all conquering Hilux in government, mining and agricultural sectors.

Holden’s Executive Director of Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, John Elsworth, said the Colorado’s crew-cab range accounted for approximately 80 per cent of Colorado sales, making the five-star ANCAP safety rating of critical importance to not only fleet buyers but tradesmen and recreational buyers.

“Today’s LCVs serve a dual purpose; they are a weekday workhorse but often perform duties of an SUV at the weekend, so it was imperative that (new) Colorado included increased standard passenger comfort and safety,” he said.

Launched in June 2012, the all-new Colorado – which shares its base chassis frame and body architecture with Isuzu’s new D-Max range – features full length side impact protection beams to reinforce the passenger safety cell.

It also has a comprehensive list of active and passive safety features including Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), driver and front passenger airbags and full-length curtain air bags standard across the range.

With up to 26 model combinations, including a choice of either 2.5 or 2.8 litre Duramax four cylinder turbo diesel engines and three body styles, the latest Colorado features a minimum one tonne payload across all models. The 2.8 litre models also boast a class leading towing capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes. TJ


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