Up until now, the 2018 Holden ZB Commodore was poised to be the first iteration in the nameplate’s history to not undergo local crash testing in Australia. That’s now changing.
Motoring reported on Friday that ANCAP, Australia’s independent vehicle safety watchdog, will crash test the car after all. Holden previously announced a five-star safety rating for the 2018 Commodore following NCAP crash tests in Europe. The model awarded five stars was a left-hand-drive Opel Insignia, a twin of the Commodore, with the optional 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine. ANCAP confirmed it had purchased a 2018 Commodore with the optional 3.6-liter V6 engine for its own tests.
ANCAP declared there wasn’t anything “fishy” about the move, but rather, the additional testing will verify Holden’s data and ensure the tests are fully applicable in Australia. ANCAP has carried out similar re-tests with other cars in the country as well. Holden had not commented on the matter.
Shipping delays have pushed the Commodore’s crash test back by at least a week, according to the safety body, but ANCAP said all Commodores on sale now still hold a five-star rating.