Holden pegs the 2018 ZB Commodore as something more than the cars of yore. And as things have changed since the Commodore first burst onto the scene, Holden thinks the new imported Commodore has the right stuff to stand out from the pack.
It’s hard not to bring up the fact that this new Commodore isn’t born in South Australia at the Elizabeth assembly plant, but Holden is keen to play up the fact that its engineering team gave the ZB Commodore, which does triple duty as the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback and Opel Insignia Grand Sport, more than a once over.
Rob Trubiani, Holden’s Lead Dynamics Engineer, has tuned Commodores since 1998, and he’s certain it has a distinct Commodore feel compared to the international car.
“We’ve spent a lot of time making sure the new Commodore has the feel and handling you’d expect from a Commodore,” said Trubiani. “We’ve worked on some unique content, including a distinctive Aussie steering tune to give it that familiar feel but it’s the adaptive AWD that impresses most.”
Holden locked in plans for the new, global Commodore back in 2011, long before the end of manufacturing announcement. Even if the Elizabeth line was humming along churning out Commodores, the results would be much the same. And Holden says loyalists should drive the car before knocking it.
Locals can head to their nearby Holden dealer to grab a look at the 2018 Commodore this month. The first cars will arrive in just a couple of weeks.