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The all new Commodore VF proves its world class safety at the APV Crash Facility

Australian Performance Vehicles - Thursday, May 23, 2013

Proving that Australian – designed and manufactured vehicles can deliver world class safety, the Holden VF Commodore was awarded 5 stars by the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) following tests conducted at the APV Technical Centre Crash Test Facility. The official ANCAP 5 star rating, which includes results from the Frontal Impact test, was released yesterday. 

APV Performed the Side and Pole Side Impact tests in April at the request of ANCAP. The side impact test simulates a classic ‘T-bone’ crash, where a vehicle is struck by another vehicle travelling at 50km/h at right angles to it. This type of impact occurs at intersections when one vehicle fails to stop at a red light or fails to give way. The Pole impact test simulates the vehicle impacting a rigid pole at 29km/h. Such an impact would occur when a vehicle looses traction on the side of the road and slides sideways into an object such as a telephone pole or a tree 

Experts at the APV Tech Centre performing the tests were impressed with the Commodore’s side impact performance, with the vehicle scoring full marks in both tests. The vehicle’s structure and airbags all performed well. The APV Test Operations Manager, Tony Forster, has commended Holden’s exemplary result, stating that ‘I congratulate Holden’s Australian Safety team on achieving a world class 5 star result’.  

Over the months leading up to the ANCAP crash tests, the APV Component Test Laboratory has worked closely with the Holden restraint system engineers. The APV Laboratory provided deployment testing and environmental conditioning along with high speed imaging support for the development of the VF side and passenger airbag as well as the inflatable curtain. 

The new Commodore scored 35.06 points out of 37, scoring maximum points in all but the frontal offset crash test component where it managed 14.06 out of 16. The five-star rating will apply to all Holden VF Commodore sedan, wagon and ute variants, as well as the new Holden WN Caprice.



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