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Time for action on regional road toll
THE FIRST FULLY IMPORTED Holden
Commodore since the brand’s inception
in 1978 has arrived in Australia and the
initial reception has been positive.
The vehicle has passed its first crucial
test, being awarded a five-star ANCAP
safety rating. It was determined using
data from the Euro NCAP crash test of
the Opel Insignia that provides the basis
for the new ZB model Commodore.
“The vehicle scored well, achieving
solid results across all areas of
assessment,” says 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.”
Open Road’s veteran motoring
journalist, Tim Pomroy, attended the
Commodore launch in February and was
similarly impressed. He says Holden fans
need to let go of the notion that a
Commodore has to be a six-cylinder
rear-wheel-drive car to be any good.
“Australia has long been ‘six-cylinder
country’, and there’s a new V6 in the
line-up, but the new 2.0 -litre turbo four-
cylinder and nine-speed auto
combination is the real surprise.
“ Forget how many cylinders, instead
think of power and torque. In base spec,
the new four has more power and torque
than the previous generation’s base V6
and better fuel consumption.”
Mr Pomroy notes that the car is not
just a rebadged Opel Insignia, either, as
Australian engineers have been involved
from the outset, developing a unique
suspension tune for the range to suit our
road conditions. Countless hours have
been spent at Holden’s proving ground
at Lang Lang in Victoria.
“ Holden had a Euro-spec suspension
model and an identical model with
Australian-spec suspension for us to
drive. The Euro version, with softer
suspension settings and different
steering calibrations, was good but
couldn’t hold a candle to the Aussie
tuned version, which had much better
body control and steering feel, making it
more relaxing to drive out on the open
road,” says Mr Pomroy.
The base model Commodore, the RS,
has a drive away price of $35,990 and
includes a 360° camera, autonomous
emergency braking, and remote starting,
which allows you to start the engine, run
the air conditioning and drop the
windows before getting in the car.
See next issue for our full review of
the new Commodore.
New Commodore impresses experts
The much-anticipated Holden has received a five-star ANCAP rating
OPEN ROAD 13
A new NRMA driver training report has
found that 65 per cent of the 470
participants surveyed in 2017 admitted
to driving beyond the recommended
two hours before taking a break.
Dead Tired, which is part of the Road
Safety series from the NRMA, shows
that 82 people lost their lives last year
due to fatigue – the highest since 2008.
The report was released in the lead-up
to Christmas when the NSW road toll
was three times higher than during the
same period last year.
The report calls on governments to
increase the number of rest stops to
accommodate both heavy and light
vehicles, conduct an audit of existing
rest stops across the country, introduce
a number of fatigue related safety
measures, and develop education
campaigns that target new parents.
Following the report’s release, the
NSW Government has announced a plan
to invest $125 million in road safety
measures, including tactile line
markings on rural roads known for
fatigue-related crashes – one of the
The report also calls for fleet
companies to adopt technology that
helps identify and address fatigue. This
year, the NRMA launched its telematics
solution, Connected, which provides
fleet managers with real-time data about
employees’ driving and helps alert them
to breaches of safe driving time limits.
NRMA Chairman Tim Trumper says
driving after being awake for 17 hours is
equivalent to a 0.05 blood alcohol level.
“Fatigue is a major killer on our roads
and the NRMA corporate driver training
survey has shown that too many people
think it’s okay to drive tired.”
For more on the NRMA corporate
driver training program and NRMA
Connected, visit mynrma.com.au.
STOP AND REVIVE
9/2/18 3:33 pm
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