ANCAP, or the Australasian New Car Assessment Program, has published the results of the new Holden Colorado after putting it through their usual course of crash and safety tests. It emerged with a full 5-star overall rating and rather gleaming granular scores.
By now, we’re quite used to modern cars getting full marks from ANCAP. In fact, it’s a shocker when that doesn’t happen, even when it just fell under and received 4-stars. This, make no mistake, is a good thing as manufacturers are increasingly emphasising safety in designing and equipping their cars, providing a gamut of airbags, ESC, ABS, as well as numerous other active safety technology such as Autonomous Emergency Braking.
Granted, the Holden Colorado doesn’t have AEB, but scored an overall 34.89 (out of 37). When we pick apart the individual tests, that’s a 13.89 (out of a possible 16) in the frontal offset test and a maximum 16 out of 16 for the side impact test. In the pole test, too, the truck received full marks, with ‘Good’ ratings for Whiplash and Pedestrian Protection.
The tests results apply to all variants of the new Colorado, which is due to make its market debut in early September 2016.
On the Holden’s result, ANCAP’s CEO James Goodwin said: “Mid-cycle updates for cosmetic purposes are common across all makes and models but it is pleasing to see Holden has made mid-cycle safety improvements to their popular light commercial model,”
“The stand out element in our assessment of this model is its pedestrian protection score, entering the ‘Good’ range with ease. This is a marked turnaround for vehicles of this type where historically, we have seen poor results. This is only the second utility we have rated that has achieved a ‘Good’ pedestrian protection score.”