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First Australian Built Wagon To Achieve 5-Star Safety Rating
March 3rd, 2009
GM Holden’s VE Omega Sportwagon has become the first locally manufactured wagon to receive a maximum five star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).
The result reflects the long list of safety features found standard across the VE Sportwagon range including six airbags, rear park assist and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) which incorporates Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Electronic Brake Assist (EBA) and Traction Control System (TCS).
The Sportwagon range also has a steering column shroud energy absorber that helps to reduce driver knee injuries. The Omega model features a passenger seat belt reminder.
GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mark Reuss said Holden had always been very confident in this vehicle’s real world safety capabilities.
"As a family car there should be no compromise in safety and the ANCAP endorsement is a very clear indication that with Sportwagon there is no such thing,” Reuss said.
“And when you combine safety with style, performance, and interior space, it is no wonder Sportwagon has outsold every SUV in the country since it was introduced in July last year.”
ANCAP’s five star safety rating will also be applied to the Special Edition VE Commodore International Sedan and Sportwagon that will go on sale in March 2009.
VE Commodore Omega sedans and Special Edition International sedans that are converted to dual fuel LPG will also receive the five star safety rating.
GM Holden is committed to making the passenger seat belt reminder feature standard across the VE range from mid 2009 production.