Commodore gains five-star safety rating

Holden's latest offering - the Commodore VF - has just been granted a coveted five-star ANCAP safety rating, according to the National Roads and Motorists Association (NRMA) and New South Wales Centre for Road Safety.

The Commodore, a popular model of car that was originally designed and has been manufactured in Australia for the past 35 years, finally achieved a top safety rating on its sixth journey through ANCAP's stringent testing system.

ANCAP gives all vehicles it tests a safety rating between one and five, with five being the safest. According to their website, all vehicles are assessed under identical conditions against the same testing standards.

Dummies are used in all tests to determine exactly what forces act upon vehicle occupants in the event of a crash.

Any displacement of the dummies that occurs during the simulated car accident, as well as the amount of damage the passenger compartment incurs, is carefully observed to determine how safe a vehicle is for occupants.

"General Motors Holden should be commended for developing the latest five-star rated VF Commodore for the world stage," said NRMA vehicle safety expert Jack Haley in a May 22 statement.

"The Commodore has shown consistent improvements over the years, shown by measurements from our crash test dummies."

It is also evident that vehicle safety performance has become a huge factor for many a fleet manager and private purchaser

The New South Wales Centre for Road Safety's general manager Marg Prendergast revealed that during the first four months of this year, 70 per cent of all cars sold in Australia had a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

Purchasing vehicles for your fleet that have a five-star safety rating will give you peace of mind knowing that your drivers are as safe as they can possibly be when travelling on Australia's roads.

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We encourage you to put safety first when choosing cars for your fleet, and using our fleet management program can help to make those choices even easier.