Joshua Dowling July 13, 2012
2012 Holden Colorado.
Despite having fewer airbags than its rivals, GM’s workhorse gets top marks.
Holden’s Colorado ute has joined the growing ranks of five-star workhorses as governments, businesses and mining companies increase their minimum safety standards for commercial vehicles.
Holden’s first all-new pick-up in a decade-and-a-half was tested locally by independent authority ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Progam).
In some instances ANCAP buys the vehicles anonymously, but in this instance Holden supplied the vehicles for testing.
The Colorado scored five stars despite having four airbags – two fewer than the airbag tally for the crew cab versions of the new Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50 – and, controversially, the Holden’s twin, the Isuzu D-Max.
The Colorado comes standard with two front airbags and two head-protecting curtain airbags that run the length of the cabin, covering both rows of seats. Airbags mounted in the front seats are likely to follow in about a year.
The Colorado was previously a three-star rated car. Although it made a big improvement, it did not score as highly as the locally-developed Ford Ranger, one of the safest vehicles ever tested by ANCAP.
The Colorado scored 35.09 out of 37 compared to 35.72 for the Ranger in the overall assessment.
In the offset frontal crash, in which a barrier is struck at 64km/h, the Colorado scored 15.09 out of 16 compared to 15.72 for the Ranger.
The Holden Colorado’s five-star ANCAP result does not automatically apply to the Isuzu D-Max even though it has more airbags because, the car makers say, there are structural differences between the two vehicles.
They also are equipped with different engines.
In the latest round of testing ANCAP also announced a five-star rating for the new Hyundai i30 hatch and Subaru BRZ sports coupe.