HSV Colorado SportsCat: Modified Holden dual-cab ute selling out as retirement nears

Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) has confirmed exactly when its modified version of the axed Holden Colorado dual-cab pick-up will cease production – and the SportsCat is going out with a sales bang.

Speaking to CarsGuide, HSV executive director of sales, marketing and aftersales Chris Polites said the final SportsCat will roll off the line next month, with about 50 Holden Colorado dual-cab pick-ups currently awaiting modification.

He added local SportsCat sales have been boosted recently by small businesses taking advantage of the Australian Taxation Office’s instant asset write-off ahead of the end of the 2019-2020 financial year.

Mr Polites said HSV dealers in Australia and New Zealand currently have less than two months’ worth of SportsCat stock, excluding the last 50 examples that are yet to be delivered to showrooms.

As such, he added the SportsCat is expected to be sold out by June 30 (the end of the 2019-2020 financial year), so keen buyers should get in the queue quickly.

For reference, the SportsCat is available in two grades, with the entry-level V priced from $62,490 plus on-road costs, while the flagship SV checks in from $66,790.

Unlike HSV’s modified Commodore-based models, the SportsCat’s engine carries over unchanged, with the 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder unit producing 147kW of power and 440Nm (manual) or 500Nm (automatic) of torque.

As reported, General Motors (GM) will retire the Holden brand in Australia and New Zealand at the end of this year as part of its plans to pull out of right-hand-drive production altogether. As such, the Thai-built Colorado ute will be discontinued shortly.

That said, GM and HSV are currently in discussions regarding the former’s presence in the Antipodes in 2021 and beyond, with a ‘remanufacturing’ joint-venture dubbed GM Specialty Vehicles (GMSV) mooted.