Ford bat­tles Holden in the moun­tains.

Holden has stripped its Colorado down and put it back to­gether with a heap of new parts, but can it bridge the gap to Ford’s mighty Ranger?

4 x 4 Australia - - Contents - WORDS BY FRASER STRONACH PHO­TOS PHIL COOPER

HOLDEN verses Ford. It’s the clas­sic Aus­tralian stoush played out most dra­mat­i­cally at Mount Panorama each Oc­to­ber, but more cru­cially in car show­rooms ev­ery day. The spe­cific com­bat­ants have tra­di­tion­ally been the Com­modore and the Fal­con, but now that’s changed.

For Ford the Ranger is its best seller, even before Fal­con pro­duc­tion stopped, while over at Holden the Colorado is sec­ond only to the Com­modore in sales and looks set to move into the num­ber one spot once Holden closes down lo­cal pro­duc­tion next year – in­clud­ing that of its Com­modore-based 4x2 ute, which will no doubt boost Colorado 4x2 sales.

That’s in the fu­ture. What we have right now is Holden’s re­vised-from-the­ground-up Colorado tak­ing on Ford’s Ranger for the next in­stal­ment of ‘King of the (Dirt) Moun­tain’.

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