Top marks for first imported 'Dore

The 2018 Holden Commodore has been awarded a five-star safety rating from independent crash-testing firm, ANCAP.

It's the first score issued by ANCAP this year, and fittingly it's given to the first imported Commodore.

The 'ZB' Commodore managed 35.54 out of 38 for adult occupant protection, equating to 93 per cent. It also scored 85 per cent for child occupant protection, 78 per cent for pedestrian detection, and 77 per cent for safety assist systems.

"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," said James Goodwin, CEO of ANCAP.

"This next generation Commodore includes safety assist technologies not seen in its locally-produced predecessor, with standard-fit features such as autonomous emergency braking and active lane-keep assist."

ANCAP's rating is based on the Commodore's European twin, the Opel Insignia – fitted with a 1.6-litre as tested – though the five-star sticker applies to all variants of the Commodore, including liftback, sportwagon and tourer models available across Australia and New Zealand.

The all-new Holden Commodore launches Down Under in February – stay tuned for our first local drive in the coming weeks.