The 2018 Holden ZB Commodore is slated for launch this month, three months after local Holden production ended for good. And when the first imported Commodore goes on sale, it will have a five-star safety rating to back it.
The 2018 ZB Commodore scored the same or better in all crash-test categories, undertaken by ANCAP. Additional active-safety technology, such as automatic emergency braking and lane-keep assist, also helped the new Commodore.
However, it’s smaller size compared to the previous VF Commodore made for a higher chance of a lower-leg injury. On the points scale, the last Australian-built Commodore scored 3.11 out of 4. The new German-built Commodore scored a 2.89. The safety rating dropped from “Good,” to “Adequate” in this area. Overall, the 2018 Commodore scored 35.54 out of 38 for adult occupant protection.
The crash tests were completed in 2017 but the organization released the results now to bolster the 2018 Commodore’s launch. The tests also used a Commodore with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but the V6-powered car also scored five stars, per Holden internal crash data.