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2012 Holden Colorado awarded five-star ANCAP safety

The all-new 2012 Holden Colorado crew cab has just been awarded a five-star ANCAP safety rating, joining an exclusive list of 4×4 utes that offer this level of safety.

Just three different 4×4 utes on the market at the moment offer five-star safety; the Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50, and the Volkswagen Amarok. Even the most popular utes on the market, including last month’s most popular vehicle outright in Australia, the Toyota HiLux, don’t quite achieve five stars – sitting at four.

Helping the new Colorado step up from its previous three-star rating are a range of safety features, standard across the range. Features include electronic stability control, traction control, and electronic brake force distribution. Occupants also benefit from dual front airbags and full length curtain airbags.

Holden’s executive director of sales, marketing and aftersales, John Elsworth, recently said the crew cab range accounts for approximately 80 per cent of Colorado sales, saying, it is “great to get this important third party endorsement for this popular range”.

“Today’s LCVs serve a dual purpose – they are a weekday work horse but often perform the duties of an SUV at the weekend so it was imperative that Colorado included increased standard passenger comfort and safety.

“Colorado has earned a well-deserved reputation as a hardworking, solid, safe and reliable light commercial vehicle and this announcement will further enhance that status.

As for how the Australian market has taken to the new model since being launched last month, Elsworth said,

“We’ve been thrilled with the response to Colorado, it’s generated genuine excitement across our dealer network and in the marketplace and this announcement cements what a great addition the all-new Colorado is to the Holden portfolio.”

The new range is available with the choice of two different turbo-diesel engines, including a 110kW/350Nm 2.5-litre four pot, and a 2.8-litre four cylinder with 135kW and 440Nm (470Nm in auto form).

PerformanceDrive will bring you a full review of the 4×4 crew cab in the coming weeks.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.