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Holden prepares for summer with innovative tow experience

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

With a long, hot summer just around the corner, Holden has taken the opportunity to partner with Jayco Auckland and collaborate in an innovative towing event to showcase the ‘quintessential Kiwi summer experience.’

"As we all know, Kiwis love ‘getting away from it all’ as part of their annual Christmas break, often with family and caravan in tow," said National Marketing Manager, Marc Warr.

"It’s all very well to talk about how good Trailblazer and Colorado are to tow with, so we thought we’d put our money where our mouth is and put these vehicles to the test as they offer the highest tow rating in the Holden range.

"To help demonstrate a typical summer getaway, we embarked on a tow-test from Auckland to the Coromandel, indulged in some fish and chips then enjoyed an overnight stay in the caravans at Shelly Beach Top Ten Holiday Park.

"It was an excellent opportunity to hook up a variety of large 21’ to 25’ long Jayco Caravans and experience the pure tow-ability on offer courtesy of Trailblazer and Colorado."

The two Holden models are renowned for their torque-laden powertrains, with the 2.8-litre four-cylinder Duramax engine delivering up to 500Nm from the automatic transmission, making them excellent for all towing applications.

"There are a lot of innovative features in the vehicles which contribute to making towing even more manageable, such as Grade Braking and Trailer Sway Control, which helps keep the tow-item under control," said Mr Warr.

"For example, if the system detects the onset of instability it utilises the combination of ABS, Traction Control, Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Electronic Brake Assist to help maintain control.

"While it’s impossible to beat the rules of physics, with Trailblazer and Colorado - combined with various active and passive safety features - you can certainly have enhanced peace of mind that you are in safe hands thanks to a capable and functional tow vehicle."

The Trailblazer is rated to tow 3-tonne and the Colorado is 3.5-tonne and, in preparation for any towing activity, consideration must always be given to legal requirements around towing, including GVM (gross vehicle mass), GCM (gross combined mass) and towball load.

"It’s important to calculate the maximum allowable permissible weight of what you are actually towing, not forgetting to include the downward weight on the towball itself and also remembering the open road speed limit when towing is 90km/h," said Mr Warr.

Holden is currently running a special offer on the seven-seat Trailblazer LT, available from $46,990, while the LTZ model is $50,990.

The Colorado LTZ starts from $38,490 and the range-topping Colorado Z71 automatic is available from $51,490.

All new vehicles across the Holden range come with three-year scheduled service as standard, as well as three-year roadside assistance and three-year warranty.

"We wanted to show how capable Holden models such as Trailblazer and Colorado are at helping Kiwis get away for their holidays and the vehicles more than proved how good they really are," said Mr Warr.

"Demonstrations such as these are undisputable evidence that Trailblazer and Colorado should be at the top of any list when searching for New Zealand’s best vehicles for towing."

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