Ahead of its Australian launch early next year, the next-generation Commodore has been boosted with global automotive experts shortlisting the Opel Insignia for the 2018 World Car of the Year awards. Developed together with the next-generation Commodore, the Opel Insignia has received rave reviews in Europe since its introduction earlier in 2017. Drivers have cooed over its sleek but muscular styling, praised its high-tech features including wireless charging and a 360-degree camera, and enjoyed its effortless performance. And now, it’s all been recognized on the biggest of stages.
“The World Car of the Year awards is judged by automotive journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America. That Insignia has been shortlisted is a testament to the hard work the team in Europe and Australia have put into the vehicle,” said Michael Filazzola, Holden’s Executive Director – Sales. “We’ve shown a handful of local automotive journalists and customers the next-gen Commodore already and the reaction echoes the sentiments of the World Car Awards judges – it’s a cracker!” he added.
Local development on Commodore is ongoing with work focused on the V6 AWD VXR and V6 AWD Tourer models in particular. Holden engineers have accumulated well over 100,000km on Australian roads, both at the company’s Lang Lang proving ground and throughout Victoria, testing everything from local suspension and steering tunes to radio and satellite navigation reception.
“The World Car of the Year shortlisting shows the next-gen Commodore is based on an already exceptional vehicle,” said Holden’s Vehicle Performance Manager, Jeremy Tassone. “We’ve been working on the car for a while now to make it even better for Australian roads and by the time it lands in the hands of our customers, we’re confident it will demonstrate all of the great driving and technology characteristics Commodore has built its name on,” he concluded.
The 2018 World Car of the Year is due to be announced at the New York International Auto Show in March 2018.
The all-new Holden Commodore will be available from Holden dealers nationwide from late February 2018.