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Townsville Bulletin - - Cars Guide -

SINCE when did utes be­come show stop­pers? Since Ford Aus­tralia stamped the word Aus­tralia on the next Ranger and sent it out into the un­for­giv­ing com­mer­cial world. Now it’s Holden’s turn. The wraps have just come off on the new Chevro­let — read Holden — Colorado that boldly an­nounces the end of GM’s hand­shake with Isuzu. The Colorado ute goes on sale in its do­mes­tic mar­ket of Thai­land later this year and early in 2012 for Aus­tralia. GM un­veiled the new ute this week at a func­tion that pre­ceded the Bangkok In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show. The show ute has a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel en­gine, 20-inch wheels and a hard­top ton­neau — most of which are un­likely for the ute’s prime mar­ket. The new Colorado will be built for Aus­tralia in Thai­land but has been de­signed and en­gi­neered Mean­while, Isuzu is ru­moured to be pre­par­ing its all-new ute for an early 2012 launch to re­place the cur­rent D-Max. Ford is pre­par­ing its ri­val, the stylish Ranger, for sale in Aus­tralia in the sec­ond half of this year.

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