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Old 02-10-2013, 07:17 AM   #1
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Holden has unveiled the VF Commodore, lifting the lid on what is surely one of the most extensive facelifts ever of an Australian-built car.
Externally, only the doors, roof and glasshouse carry over. The remaining sheetmetal is all-new, including a weight-saving aluminium bonnet and bootlid.
It’s a more organic design than before, and although the front still has some resemblance to the VE, the rear is worlds apart.


But inside is where the greatest differences lie.
Virtually everything is new. In fact, only the rear of the centre console (including the storage box lid) carries over.
The interior styling has been completely changed. It’s now more in line with GM’s global range, and the centre stack in particular has a very Opel-ish feel.
In the Calais V configuration of the pre-production car revealed today, It looks and feels premium.
Seats are new with improved cushioning and materials, plus there’s a more upmarket feel in the trim - which now includes more leather and a suede-like material on the dash and door trims.


Crucially, most of our gripes with the VE’s interior have been dealt with.
Gone is the parking brake handle that always threatened to pinch your fingers. In its place is an electronic parking brake that takes up much less room on the centre console.
The window and mirror switches have moved from the centre console to the driver’s door, freeing up yet more space, and the A-pillar trims have been re-profiled to enhance forward vision.
Cruise control butttons have finally made their way onto the face of the steering wheel, decluttering the indicator stalk. The remote boot release has also been moved from the glovebox to the driver’s door.
That annoyingly reflective trim strip that runs across the bottom of the VE’s instrument cluster has also been deleted, replaced by a whole new cluster whose deep binnacles eliminate the chance of any unwanted reflections.
The cheap-feeling centre console lid is still there however, and the rear seat backs still don’t fold down, with only the middle section being able to articulate forward.


First Impressions

From the leather-upholstered driver’s seat - offering good support and comfort - this feels like a dramatically different car with a sense of quality apparent throughout.
The diameter of the steering wheel has shrunk, going from 377mm down to 370mm. The rim is nicely sculpted to fit the driver’s hands, and the wheel doesn’t feel as truck-like as before - which should bode well for the impending SS version.
The layout of controls is more logical here, and the relocation of the window, mirror and cruise controls is most definitely welcome.
There are other more subtle touches which also enhance usability, like the digital temperature displays within the rotary climate control dials.
Almost all key touch-points are nicely trimmed, and the completely new dash design is a much nicer thing to lay your eyes on.


There’s satin-finish chrome bordering the centre stack and brighter chrome strips running underneath the dark timber dash trim.
The part-leather, part-suede panel ahead of the front passenger looks great, and in the show car is coloured light grey (or light titanium, as Holden prefers to call it).
The Calais V show car unveiled today has an overall light interior colour scheme, however a darker scheme with black leather upholstery will also be available.
Technology

Holden bills the VF Commodore as the most technologically-advanced car ever created in Australia and, in terms of standard equipment, it's not wrong.
All models will get an Auto Park Assist feature, which can autonomously steer the car into either a parallel or 90-degree parking spot.
On the Calais at least, features like keyless entry and start will be standard, as will a head-up display, blind spot monitor, forward collision alert and lane departure warning.
A Reverse Traffic Alert will also be offered, which uses the rear-facing camera to warn of crossing vehicles while reversing.


Electric power steering will be standard on the Commodore, which should provide a marginal improvement to fuel economy.
The latest version of GM’s MyLink infotainment system will be offered too, which, among the usual audio/nav functions, is able to play music via Pandora by using the driver’s mobile phone data connection.
MyLink will also feature other ‘Apps’, and is designed to be expandable as new apps become available.
Looking Forward

The Commodore used to be the staple of Aussie motorists, but times have changed.
It’s clear that larger sedans have fallen out of favour with Australian families, so Holden is moving to take its Commodore upmarket in order to chase a different demographic.
“Our aim with the new VF Commodore was to create a car that challenged some of the broader perceptions people have about the traditional Australian-made large car," Holden Managing Director Mike Devereux said.
“When it goes on sale, it will offer levels of quality and sophistication to rival some of the best cars in the world."
“We have created a car that not only serves the loyal buyers who continue to make Commodore one of the most popular cars in Australia, but also a new breed of discerning customer who wants higher levels of luxury and technology in their car.”
Will car buyers be able to see cars like the Calais as a viable option to entry-level German sedans?
Time behind the wheel will tell the full story, but for now, our first experience of the VF Calais gives us hope that the quintessential Australian large car still has some life left in it.
The VF Commodore range will launch nationally towards the end of the second quarter this year.
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:59 AM   #2
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Ya know, that doesn't look too Chevy SS to me.

It does, however, scream to the high heavens.... I'm going to be a Buick Gran National!

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Old 02-10-2013, 09:23 AM   #3
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Looks nice for a late 80s car.
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:20 PM   #4
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Looks nice for a late 80s car.
what?
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:27 PM   #5
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First impression of the front end was Chrysler.

After looking at it more I like it.
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:19 PM   #6
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Screams Buick. Just sayin'
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:58 PM   #7
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Unless the SS is completely different to this new Commodore, I don't see many G8er's upgrading....
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:09 AM   #8
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Chrysler 200?
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:29 AM   #9
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Looks like an Opel.
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:19 AM   #10
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I agree, Chrysler.
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:53 AM   #11
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I agree with the Buick Remark
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:31 PM   #12
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Good news, Aussie car fans. The Commodore lives. But the evidence keeps piling up that the next one will be a front-drive car bearing little to no resemblance to the current RWD muscle car.

The Australian, reporting on the VF Commodore launch event, says that we’ve got about three more years to enjoy the current rear-drive car.
After the speech, Devereux told the frazzled media scrum: “This [Commodore] will run through to the end of 2016. After that time we are going to be putting two global architectures into the [Adelaide] plant, one of them will underpin the next Commodore.”
To make sure he wasn’t misunderstood, Devereux repeated: “There is another Commodore coming after this one. We’re going to build it in Adelaide on a [global] architecture.”
The Australian reports that the next Commodore will be a Toyota Camry sized vehicle that will be sold as a Buick in other markets. That jibes with previous reports of a global, front-drive architecture coming to replace the rear-drive one. At best, we may see some kind of Alpha platform vehicle utilized in the future, but the front-drive Commodore is going to happen. Australia’s automotive tastes have turned upside down over the past five years, and the Commodore’s popularity with the buying public isn’t nearly what it used to be.
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Yes, because a FWD car whose DNA has been RWD will dramatically increase sales. Um.... ok!
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:45 PM   #14
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Yes, because a FWD car whose DNA has been RWD will dramatically increase sales. Um.... ok!
Drive it in reverse. Problem solved. On to the next thread.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:42 PM   #15
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It could be the next chrysler 300 rebadge. It looks similar.
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The car pictured is the top of the line luxury model.

I'm sure the downrange models will look more...er...um sporty...perhaps?
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Give me lt1 ute or sedan please!
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Nowhere in that press release did they mention possible engine/transmission configurations.

Not promising.
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It looks like Holden is trying to grab as much attention as it can with the new generation Commodore VF by spreading out the presentations for each different model of the range.
After the unveiling of the regular Commodore this past weekend, GM's Australian subsidiary announced the performance SS V , which is the closest thing we've seen to the 2014 Chevrolet SS Sports Sedan, which is scheduled to debut this Saturday, February 16 at the Daytona International Speedway.

Holden has peppered the SS V with an air of sportiness through the use of different aerodynamic and styling components such as the smaller front grille and a re-styled front bumper that incorporates a second grille and gloss black trims, side skirts, a boot lid spoiler and a new rear bumper with a diffuser and quad tailpipe outlets.

The pre-production showcar seen here also rides on 20-inch black alloy wheels wrapped in beefy sport tires, while the body is finished in a new Fantale orange metallic paint specially created for this model.

Inside, the SS V benefits from a sportier-themed cabin than the regular Commodore VF with sculpted seats finished in leather with a suede stripe in the center that hug the driver, aluminum trims, a flat-bottom steering wheel and suede accents on the dashboard and doors.

“The sports DNA may be more subtle, but it’s apparent everywhere around you – from the central accent stripe on the seats to the perforated leather inserts, the carbon fibre look cross-car applique, the SS-V Series embroidered ID on the instrument panel, alloy-faced pedals and the traditional red-lit graphic displays,”, said Sharon Gauci, Holden’s Chief Designer, Colour and Trim.

As with the other Commodore VF models, Holden won't say what's hiding under the bonnet, but chances are the rear-wheel drive sports sedan will feature either GM's new LT1 6.2-liter V8 engine with 450-horses that debuted on the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray or one of its existing V8s with more than 400-ponies. The showcar was equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox, but both the SS V and the Chevy SS are likely to be offered with an automatic transmission as well.

Sales of the new Holden Commodore will begin in Australia during the second half of the year.
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*ahhh* That's more like it.

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Um.. Houston we have a problem... (well, maybe)...
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Looks good. I've always preferred the more modern swoopy lines over the boxier retro one's.

It actually a bit of a throwback to the gen previous the current one.
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It's a nice looking car, but I hope the SS has a more aggressive look, especially for the front fascia. Something called the SS should look a little meaner.
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yes. Much better.

I'd be totally fine if the SS was just a badge swap of this.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:47 AM   #25
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It's a nice looking car, but I hope the SS has a more aggressive look, especially for the front fascia. Something called the SS should look a little meaner.
I'll be bowtied and muted I'm willing to bet. I'l be honest tho, I don't mind the Pontiac front end on the current one, or more specifically... there's nothing that's making me want the Holden front end.

I just hope they don't mute the thing like they did with the Caprice PP. (Of which RI SP have a few of them).

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