Holden dubs Commodore ‘ZB’
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.