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HOLDEN COLORADO

A STEADY IMPROVEMENT IN SALES IN THE PAST FEW YEARS HAS SEEN HOLDENíS COLORADO RISE TO NUMBER FOUR IN THE HIT PARADE.

2015íS MOST POPULAR 4X4S

In the game of snakes and ladders that is the new 4x4 sales race, the Colorado was a winner in 2015, moving up from sixth spot in 2014 to fourth in 2015.

But this Ďwiní wasnít entirely attributable to all the good work of the Colorado. In fact, the Colorado gained just 802 sales from 2014 to 2015, but, crucially, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Toyota Prado, which last year were fourth and fifth respectively, lost ground in 2015.

If both these wagons held their 2014 sales in 2015, the Colorado would have maintained its sixth-spot ranking.

This generation Holden Colorado arrived in 2012 and unlike the previous Colorado and the various Rodeos, it wasnít a rebadged Isuzu but a General Motors product from the ground up.

It was actually developed by a global GM team based in Brazil, although with plenty of input from Holden engineers and designers.

Since then, the Colorado has undergone a couple of tweaks, most recently for the 2014 model year, when the engine was upgraded and a new six-speed manual gearbox was added to the line-up. The Colorado also gained a raft of new safety and technology equipment, including trailer-sway control, rear park assist, and a reversing camera for the top-spec LTZ model.

The Colorado does well sales-wise due to brand loyalty, an extensive dealer network and an aggressive marketing campaign, but, frankly, itís not a frontrunner in terms of refinement or how it drives.

What it does do, however, is offer plenty of performance, thanks to the 500Nm of torque that its VM Motori 2.8-litre diesel offers with the automatic gearbox. In fact, as an automatic, itís the strongest performing of the 4x4 utes.

With the manual gearbox, maximum torque is pegged at 440Nm, although the engine feels no less toey despite the fact that the manual is geared very tall.

Not so good is the Coloradoís modest off-road performance, which is not helped by the fact that itís one of the few popular 4x4 utes thatís not offered with a rear diff lock.