Holden Commodore (ZB)

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Holden Commodore (ZB)
2018 Holden Commodore (ZB MY18) LT sedan (2018-08-06) 01.jpg
ManufacturerOpel (Groupe PSA)
Also called
AssemblyRüsselsheim, Germany
DesignerMark Adams
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size car
Body style5-door Fastback
5-door station wagon
LayoutFF/F4/FR (motorsport)
PlatformE2XX platform
RelatedOpel Insignia
EngineLTG 2.0L I4 petrol
2.0L I4 diesel
LGX 3.6L V6 petrol
Transmission8-speed automatic
9-speed automatic
PredecessorHolden Commodore (VF)
Holden Malibu
Holden Insignia (first generation)
Holden Caprice

The Holden Commodore (ZB) is a mid-sized car produced by former GM subsidiary Opel (currently owned by Groupe PSA) in Rüsselsheim, Germany, released in 2018. It is the first-iteration of the fifth-generation Commodore platform, which is based on the second-generation Opel Insignia. The range includes 5-door liftback and 5-door station wagon body styles. Holden previously sold the first-generation Insignia under the Opel brand (Opel Insignia) in 2012 and 2013,[1] as well as under the Holden brand (Holden Insignia) from 2015 to 2017.

It is the first Holden Commodore model to be manufactured outside of Australia, following the closure of Holden's Australian car manufacturing facilities at Elizabeth, South Australia and Fishermans Bend, Victoria on Friday October 20, 2017. It is the first Commodore in 30 years to come with a four-cylinder engine as standard and controversially the first in its 40-year production not to have a V8 powertrain option. Holden corporate made the decision to discontinue Australian manufacturing of the Holden Commodore due to falling sales and losses. However, the ZB Commodore then resulted in the lowest sales month (Feb 2018) since 1948, with only 647 ZB Commodore vehicles sold.[2][3]


Development for the ZB Commodore started in 2012, with Holden helping Opel design and develop the next-generation Insignia, catering it to Australian conditions.

Once the car was ready, prototypes were sent to Australia for testing. Holden completed over 100,000 km of testing, with engineers bracing the cars to withstand local roads and make it feel similar to previous Commodore generations.[4]


Akin to its VF Commodore predecessor, the ZB achieved five stars in the ANCAP safety ratings. Originally the ZB ANCAP rating was awarded based on the Euro NCAP test of a 1.6 liter model which is not sold in Australia.[5] ANCAP then took it upon itself to crash test the ZB model [6]

ANCAP Test Results
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Test[N 1] Points Out of %
Adult Occupant Protection: 35.34 38 93%
Child Occupant Protection: 41.96 49 85%
Pedestrian Protection: 32.83 42 78%
Safety Assist: 9.35 12 77%


The ZB Commodore is available with a range of engines including a four-cylinder petrol, four-cylinder diesel and six-cylinder petrol engine. Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available across the liftback and wagon body styles.


Compared to the VF Commodore, Holden rearranged the specification levels with the Calais variants only surviving the cull, having been introduced with the VK-series of 1984 as the luxury-focused models. Various price cuts were made and wagon variants are more expensive.

Commodore LT

Commodore LT Tourer

The LT is the new entry-level Commodore, replacing the previous generation's Evoke model, which is also $3,935 cheaper than the predecessor's drive-away price. It features a front-wheel drive 2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder engine with a 9-speed automatic or an optional 2.0L Diesel with an 8-speed automatic. It comes with 17" alloy wheels, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Keep Assist, a 7" MyLink system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto and Passive Entry & Push Button Start as standard. The model is available as liftback or wagon.

Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Transmission Pricing (Liftback) Pricing (Sportswagon)
Petrol I4 2.0L (1998cc) 191 kW (256 hp; 260 PS) 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) 9-speed $33,690 $35,890
Diesel I4 2.0L (1956cc) 125 kW (168 hp; 170 PS) 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) 8-speed $36,690 $38,690

Commodore RS

The RS has a slightly sportier look than the LT model, with a sportier interior featuring sportier seats and steering wheel. It also features more safety features including Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The RS has two drivetrain options of a front-wheel drive 2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder engine with a 9-speed Automatic or an All Wheel Drive 3.6L V6 (only available on the Liftback). It comes with 18" alloy wheels. The model is available as liftback or wagon.

Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Transmission Pricing (Liftback) Pricing (Sportswagon)
Petrol I4 2.0L (1998cc) 191 kW (256 hp; 260 PS) 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) 9-speed $37,290 $39,490
Petrol V6 3.6L (3564cc) 235 kW (315 hp; 320 PS) 381 N⋅m (281 lb⋅ft) 9-speed $42,490 N/A

Commodore RS-V

The RS-V is similar to the RS Model but includes more features such as an upgraded 8" MyLink system incorporating satellite navigation, wireless phone charging, Hi-Per Strut Suspension and an Adaptive AWD system. Only the V6 AWD powertrain is offered in liftback and wagon forms.

Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Transmission Pricing (Liftback) Pricing (Sportswagon)
Petrol V6 3.6L (3564cc) 235 kW (315 hp; 320 PS) 381 N⋅m (281 lb⋅ft) 9-speed $46,990 $49,190

Commodore VXR

The VXR is Holden's new flagship model following Holden's decision to rest the well-known SS nameplate along with the V8 Engine configuration. The VXR nameplate was originally used for the British Vauxhall VXR. It features 20" alloy wheels, sportier lavishings and leather seats with a massage function. Safety features include a 360 degree camera and Continuous Damping Control Suspension. It is only available in liftback with the V6 powertrain.

Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Transmission Pricing (Liftback) Pricing (Sportswagon)
Petrol V6 3.6L (3564 cc) 235 kW (315 hp; 320 PS) 381 N⋅m (281 lb⋅ft) 9-speed $55,990 N/A

Commodore Calais

Holden Calais V6 AWD Tourer

Retaining the previous generation's familiar name, the Calais is the base luxury model. Standard equipment includes 18" alloy wheels, leather seating with a heating function, wireless phone charging, Blind Spot Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and an 8" MyLink system. Available as a Liftback or Tourer, the former receives the 2.0L petrol four-cylinder engine, or an optional diesel engine, while the wagon is exclusively fitted with the V6 powertrain.

Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Transmission Pricing (Liftback) Pricing (Tourer)
Petrol I4 2.0L (1998 cc) 191 kW (256 hp; 260 PS) 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) 9-speed $40,990 N/A
Diesel I4 2.0L (1956 cc) 125 kW (168 hp; 170 PS) 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) 8-speed $43,990 N/A
Petrol V6 3.6L (3564 cc) 235 kW (315 hp; 320 PS) 381 N⋅m (281 lb⋅ft) 9-speed N/A $45,990

Commodore Calais-V

Commodore Calais V

Carrying over the previous-generation "V" flair, the Calais-V is the flagship luxury model. Standard offerings include 20" alloy wheels, an Adaptive AWD system, a 360-degree camera, and massaging driver seat. It is available in either a liftback or wagon bodystyle, with the V6 powertrain being the only on offer.

Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Transmission Pricing (Liftback) Pricing (Tourer)
Petrol V6 3.6L (3564 cc) 235 kW (315 hp; 320 PS) 381 N⋅m (281 lb⋅ft) 9-speed $51,990 $53,990


Holden ZB Commodore driven by Jamie Whincup at the 2018 Red Rooster Sydney SuperNight 300

For marketing purposes, the ZB Commodore will be raced in various motorsport disciplines, however, the race cars generally have no physical or mechanical relationship with the production model, other than similar looks, as an exterior shell is built to resemble the road going cars, with a rear wheel drive tube frame chassis underneath.

Supercars Championship[edit]

The ZB Commodore is used by teams running Holdens in the Supercars Championship. Powered by the same V8 engine as used in the VF, a turbo-charged V6 engine was under development for use in 2019, however the project was cancelled in April 2018 amid engineering concerns that the V6 would not be competitive.[7][8]


Sales of the new Commodore commenced in February 2018. The ZB is the first Commodore produced outside of Australia since the nameplates induction in 1978, leading to much public backlash.

Consumer uptake and acceptance have been the lowest for any Commodore branded vehicle in the history of Holden manufacturing, however, this has also come at the same time as the nameplate has shifted market segment and competition, with the ZB outperforming all but the Toyota Camry in the Medium/Large segment, including the Mazda6 and Ford Mondeo.[9]

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
2018 N/A 363 516 473 885 946 516 635 672 663 701 6,370
2019 393 569 406 1,368

Future developments[edit]

When the decision was made to cease vehicle production in Australia and source the ZB Commodore from Europe, Opel was still a subsidiary of GM. That ceased on 1 August 2017 when Opel and Vauxhall were sold to Groupe PSA. These new owners of Opel/Holden have announced that they will transfer the Opel Insignia platform to PSA platforms as early as 2021, which means the current model would be discontinued as PSA plans to export PSA-based, Opel models globally from 2018 onwards.[10][11]

On October 17, 2018, Holden halted production on the Commodore due to slow sales and unsold inventory at its dealerships.[12]


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  1. ^ For an outline of ANCAP tests, visit the ANCAP website.