In­signia vies for world car award

Southern Telegraph - - Wheels - Ewan Kennedy

Aus­tralian en­gi­neers work­ing on the next-gen­er­a­tion Com­modore may have played a ma­jor part in hav­ing the Opel In­signia listed as a fi­nal­ist for the 2018 World Car of the Year awards.

Opel In­signia has had many pos­i­tive re­views in Europe since its in­tro­duc­tion a few months ago — and that is with just the four-cylin­der tur­bocharged en­gine.

We feel sure they will love the per­for­mance of the V6 en­gine if they get to sam­ple it. That pow­er­plant would not have been en­gi­neered into the car but for pres­sure from Holden.

The World Car of the Year awards are a ma­jor event in the au­to­mo­tive world, be­ing judged by top-level mo­tor­ing jour­nal­ists from Asia, Europe, and North Amer­ica. Aus­tralia falls into the Asian re­gion.

Aus­tralian de­vel­op­ment on the In­signia to trans­form it into the ZB Com­modore fo­cused in par­tic­u­lar on the V6 AWD VXR and V6 AWD Tourer mod­els, though quite a bit was also done on the turbo-petrol four-cylin­der.

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.

Holden’s ve­hi­cle per­for­mance man­ager Jeremy Tas­sone says: “We’ve been work­ing on the Euro­pean 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 char- ac­ter­is­tics Com­modore has built its name on.”

Holden ZB Com­modore is due to be launched at a date yet to be an­nounced late in Fe­bru­ary.

The 2018 World Car of the Year gong will be awarded at the New York In­ter­na­tional Auto Show that opens on March 30, 2018, and runs un­til April 8.

Pic­ture: Adam Opel AG

The Opel In­signia has had many pos­i­tive re­views in Europe since its in­tro­duc­tion a few months ago.

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