Holden dubs Com­modore ‘ZB’

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Motoring -

GM HOLDEN is set to call the all-new im­ported Com­modore the ‘ZB’ se­ries when it rolls into Aus­tralian deal­er­ships early next year.

Doc­u­ments seen by Goauto re­veal Holden has re­ceived Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment ap­proval to use the ZB model code for its next-gen­er­a­tion Opel­sourced Com­modore.

The ‘Z’ let­ter­ing rep­re­sents the first break from the ‘V’ se­ries nomen­cla­ture since the orig­i­nal VB Com­modore was launched in Aus­tralia in 1978.

Us­ing the let­ter ‘B’ also ties in nicely with the model that hit the road nearly 40 years ago.

It was widely an­tic­i­pated Holden might run with the ‘NG’ – Next Gen­er­a­tion – code to mark the break from the out­go­ing VF, es­pe­cially as the 2018 Com­modore will be the first to be fully im­ported, as well as front-wheel and all­wheel drive, and lift­back-only as ei­ther a five-door hatch or wagon.

But Goauto un­der­stands ZB is a Euro­pean nam­ing con­ven­tion from GM and refers to the model’s plat­form. It is un­known whether the com­pany con­tem­plated start­ing with ZA.

Speak­ing of which, the ZB Com­modore will not be the first large car sold in Aus­tralia with that se­quence of let­ters.

The orig­i­nal Aus­tralian Ford XR Fal­con-de­rived Fair­lane was launched in 1967 as the ZA, with the XT Fal­con-based ZB facelift com­ing on­line in March 1968 un­til the ZC usurped that with the XW Fal­con in July 1969.

Holden will end pro­duc­tion of the VF Com­modore in Oc­to­ber this year when it shuts its Aus­tralian man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties for good and tran­si­tions to a full-line im­porter.

The new Com­modore is based on the mid-size Opel In­signia and will be of­fered in lift­back and wagon body styles, with the wagon avail­able in jackedup all-wheel-drive Tourer guise to com­pete with the likes of the Subaru Out­back.

Late last month Holden re­vealed the per­for­mance­fo­cused VXR vari­ant that will be pow­ered by a 235kw381Nm ver­sion of GM’S nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 3.6-litre V6 and will drive all four wheels via a nine-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

The new Com­modore will go on sale in early 2018 with stock of the out­go­ing VF ex­pected to last early into next year.

A to Z: The ZB Com­modore WILL MARK THE FIRST TIME HOLDEN’S FAM­ILY FAVOURITE HAS MOVED AWAY FROM THE ‘V’ model code.

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