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Holden fits Rodeo with a sleeker nose, more kit, lower prices - and a Colorado name

12 Aug 2008

IF YOU are in the market for a new Holden Rodeo, then forget about it. Japan’s Isuzu – supplier of Holden’s light trucks for decades – has nicked the 27-year-old moniker as it seeks to set up shop here again separate from GMH. But don’t despair, for the new Holden Colorado is exactly the same old light truck from Isuzu, but with more equipment, a nicer nose and a lower pricetag. So don’t cry for Rodeo, Holden fans – collar a Colorado instead. It’s not the best-in-class, but you can certainly do worse for the money.

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Model release date: 1 August 2008 to 1 May 2012

Previous model

Holden RA Rodeo Series II

Released: January 2007
Ended: August 2008
Family Tree: Colorado

BACK in 2003, the third-generation Thai-built Rodeo was the first of the new wave of Japanese-developed light trucks, featuring larger cabins, more comfort and an urban – as well as utilitarian appeal. The lowliest models made do with a 94kW/207Nm 2.4-litre four-cylinder, while a rather noisy 96kW/280Nm 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel unit proved popular. Thankfully, the latter was swapped in early 2007 for a new-generation 3.0-litre VCDi turbo-diesel developing 120kW and 360Nm (or 333Nm for the auto). On the V6 petrol front, a 147kW/280Nm 3.5-litre Isuzu-sourced V6 was available, until the Holden-made 157kW/313Nm 3.6-litre V6 usurped it in late 2005. All engines bar the five-speed manual-only 2.4 models could also be had with a four-speed automatic gearbox. The RA Rodeo came in two or three-seater Single Cab, four-seater Space Cab and five-seater Crew Cab bodystyles. The Series II’s more refined interior presentation was overshadowed by a quite severe nose treatment that did little to win over new customers.

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