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by George Skentzos

The Holden VE Ute range has become the first utility in Australia to receive the maximum five-star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

This latest result means Holden’s entire locally manufactured range now boasts a full five-star safety rating from ANCAP.

The VE Ute now also becomes the only light commercial vehicle in Australia to offer 5-star safety as standard across the range.

Holden MY10 VE SV6 Ute

This follows the announcement that Holden had achieved another Australian safety first by offering six airbags as standard across the entire Ute range.

“Ensuring Ute met the same high standard as the rest of the VE range has been a real focus.” said Holden Vehicle Structure & Safety Integration Manager, Steve Curtis.

“This endorsement from ANCAP is a very clear indication that we are on the right path of continual improvement.”

Holden MY10 VE SV6 Ute

The ANCAP result reflects the long list of safety features found standard across the VE Ute range including side impact airbags, curtain airbags and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) which incorporates Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Electronic Brake Assist (EBA) and Traction Control System (TCS).

The entry VE Omega Utes which have been converted to dual fuel LPG will also receive the same five-star safety rating.