Holden’s first imported Commodore has scored top marks for safety that sees the latest model carry-on a five-star Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) rating across the range.
Even though the vehicle tested was a European-spec Opel Insignia, powered by a 1.6-litre turbo diesel engine that won't be offered in Australian models, the vehicle scored highly for occupant protection, achieving scores of 93 percent for adults and 85 percent for children.
New stringent guidelines implemented by ANCAP in 2018 that mirror Euro NCAP criteria require safety features such as autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning are fitted as standard to achieve a top five-star rating.
ANCAP Chairman, James Goodwin, commended Holden on offering a high level of standard safety equipment in the Commodore - features that were not offered in the locally-produced cars – that will be offered on all models including liftback, sportwagon and tourer variants.
“The vehicle scored well, achieving solid results across all areas of assessment,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin.
“Australian families and fleet buyers have long regarded the Commodore as a trusted local choice and the shift to overseas supply has further enhanced the model’s safety credentials.
“This next generation Commodore includes safety assist technologies not seen in its locally-produced predecessor, with standard-fit features such as autonomous emergency braking and active lane-keep assist.”
“This year we see a fresh approach to vehicle safety assessment and the presentation of results,” Mr Goodwin added.
ANCAP has toughened its stance on automated safety assistance systems for 2018, making features such as AEB a mandatory requirement in achieving a five-star rating.