Holden’s Model Year 10 (MY10) Ute will introduce side impact and curtain airbags as standard equipment on all Ute models.
The entire MY10 VE and WM range, including Ute, also receives a steering column shroud energy absorber that helps to reduce driver knee injuries and a passenger seat belt reminder.
The improvements join other standard safety features including Electronic Stability Control, Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Electronic Brake Assist and Traction Control System.
GM Holden Director of Safety and Integration, Ian Butler, said making six airbags standard across the entire Ute range was a positive step forward for occupant safety in the LCV market.
“Holden believes that occupant safety is just as important in the LCV market as it is in the family sedan market,” Butler said.
The upgrade follows the recent announcement that Holden’s entire range of locally manufactured passenger cars has been awarded the maximum five-star Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) rating for the first time ever.
The five-star rated MY10 range – Commodore sedans, Sportwagon, Statesman and Caprice – and the upgraded Ute will go on sale later this month.