All-New Holden Commodore scores 5 star ANCAP rating
The all-new Holden Commodore has been awarded a five-star safety rating by ANCAP based on testing by Euro NCAP.
THE ALL-NEW HOLDEN COMMODORE launches in Australia next week, stay tuned for Practical Motoring’s first local drive, or follow the link here to read Paul Horrell’s review of the Vauxhall Insignia, and arrives with a five-star rating from ANCAP. The five-star rating applies to all Commodore variants, including Liftback, Wagon and Tourer in both Australia and New Zealand.
ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin, said, “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,” he said.
“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 (2018) sees ANCAP come into line with stricter testing criteria set by Euro NCAP where active safety is needed to be eligible for a five-star rating.
The imported, all-new ZB Commodore realised the following scores across the four key areas of assessment: 93% Adult Occupant Protection; 85% Child Occupant Protection; 78% Pedestrian Protection; 77% Safety Assist.
It’s worth noting that the vehicle tested by Euro NCAP is a left-hand drive Insignia and with a diesel powertrain, so, while you could argue it’s representative of the Commodore, it’s not exactly the same as the vehicle we’ll get here. The ANCAP assessment is obviously based off the performance of the vehicle in Europe but it then has to take that data and transpose it for our right-hand drive market and check again with the maker that the right-hand drive vehicles are indeed mirror images, etc.
Practical Motoring asked ANCAP whether it had requested a right-hand drive Commodore for local testing and were told that, yes, it had but that Holden had declined, pointing to the test by Euro NCAP. While this is unfortunate, ANCAP is not equipped with the funding to buy a version of every single car on-sale here and crash test it and is, in many ways, held hostage by the car makers who will either offer a vehicle for testing here in Australia or not.