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While some manufacturers will argue over a single car donation for the ANCAP side crash test, Holden has donated 75 vehicles (worth about $3 million when new) to the Australasian Road Rescue Organisation (ARRO) for emergency skills training on the Gold Coast.

A range of cars from Holden, which include VE Commodore sedans, VZ Commodore wagons and WM Statesman and Caprice models will be used as part of the Australasian Rescue Challenge 2008 starting today (6-8 June).

The cars will be used to simulate road crashes and provide crash scenarios. Rescue workers will be assessed on this criteria as part of the challenge. The event is host to 22 teams of road rescue workers from Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

The cars are engineering evaluation vehicles and are not for public sale, Holden has so far donated more than 800 vehicles to the project in the last decade.

“Supporting ARRO is a meaningful way for GM Holden to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to safety and assist organisations which help so many people, here and overseas, each year.” GM Holden Executive Director – Engineering, Greg Tyus, said

Holden’s donation goes a long way to help rescue workers understand modern cars.

“Training with modern cars is vital to the development of our road rescue teams as it helps us improve the quality of our service, develop new rescue techniques and, ultimately, save lives,” Paul Jerome, Vice President of ARRO, said.

Congratulations to Holden for supporting such a worthy cause. More information on the event can be found here.




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