12 things you Didn’t know about the 2018 ZB Commodore

12 things you Didn’t know about the 2018 ZB Commodore

1: Commodore is sold in UK/European markets by Opel and Vauxhall as an Insignia, and by Buick as a Regal in the USA.

Commodore is manufactured in Rüsselsheim (in the Rhein-Main region), Germany. Rüsselsheim am Main is the largest city in the Groß-Gerau district.

2: This is the first Commodore to feature a transverse engine and transmission.

Transverse (or East-West) engines create more space in the cabin, especially in the front seats. Instead of the engine being fitted the cylinders in a line from the front to the back of the engine bay, the engine is turned 90° and sits across the engine bay. The transmission no longer intrudes in to the front of the cabin. Even in the All Wheel Drive model, the tunnel that runs down the middle of the floor is much smaller than in the old Commodore.

3: Despite being slightly smaller than the car it replaced, interior space has barely changed.

In fact, the Sportwagon has slightly more headroom in the rear. Because the centre hump in the floor is smaller, the passengers don’t need to be so far apart, and the interior makes better use of the space. The large car segment has been in slow but steady design for well over a decade. Holden is aiming the new car at the medium-to-large car segment.

4: First Commodore to have a diesel engine.

The 3-option engine range features a 2.0L diesel, 2.0L petrol with 4 cylinders, and a 3.6L V6. The 2.0L petrol was first seen in the new Equinox SUV. The 3.6 V6 is a heavy makeover of the pervious Commodore engine. The V8 has been dropped.

5: First Commodore to have a 9-speed auto.

The petrol models get the new 9-speed GM developed automatic, while diesels have an AISIN 8-speed auto. Holden engineers say that 9-speed unit was unable to handle the torque from the 2.0L engine.

The 9-speed is a “sealed” transmission, so has no filler tube. The driver never has to worry about oil levels.

6:  First Commodore to be developed at the infamous Nürburgring.

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