Revisions introduced on the '09 model have seen Holden's family hauler, the Omega sedan, awarded a maximum five-star ANCAP rating. This is good news for the masses as the Omega is Holden's highest selling locally-produced model.
In addition to standard front, side impact, and curtain airbags, the VE now receives an energy-dispersing shroud around the steering column to channel harmful forces away from the driver's knees. It also gets a passenger seat belt reminder.
These upgrades join a long list of safety features now standard across the VE range. These include Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Electronic Brake Assist (EBA) and Traction Control System (TCS).
Mark Reuss, GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director, explained the effort poured into the VE's safety features:
?Before we launched VE, we conducted almost 80 real world prototype crash tests and more than 5000 crash-test simulations using leading-edge virtual technology. We are also pleased to see that ANCAP now acknowledges Electronic Stability Control in determining its ratings.?
Mr Reuss was keen to point out that Holden will not now be sitting on its laurels:
"When it comes to safety we are committed to continually improving the passive and active safety features we offer," he said.
Well done GM Holden, a five-star crash safety rating on a locally-produced base model vehicle is a great achievement. (And another reason to take a second look at the local products.)