The result comes from the addition of a steering column shroud energy absorber across the VE sedan range that helps to reduce driver knee injuries, and a passenger seat belt reminder on the Omega sedan (introduced in October this year).
These improvements are in addition to the front passenger side impact airbags and curtain airbags that were made standard across the range earlier in 2008.
These improvements add to Omega's already impressive safety equipment list of ABS, EBA, EBD, ESP and Traction Control - all of which are included as standard.
GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mark Reuss welcomed the result and said it was encouraging to receive this third party endorsement.
“We have always been very confident of this vehicle’s real world safety capabilities. Before we launched VE, we conducted almost 80 real world prototype crash tests and more than 5000 crashtest simulations using leading edge virtual technology. When it comes to safety we are committed to continually improving the passive and active safety features we offer. We are also pleased to see that ANCAP now acknowledges Electronic Stability Control in determining its ratings.”
Holden will adopt the passenger seat belt reminder feature as standard fit across the VE Commodore range from mid 2009 production.
CarAdvice are currently testing the new 2009 Holden Commodore Omega against Ford's Falcon XT - stay tuned.