The Australian Government has given Holden $40 million to develop a new fuel-efficient Commodore
Holden says the key areas of development will be utilising aluminium body panels, more efficient engines and better aerodynamics for the next Commodore, a VF model due in 2014. Electric power-assicted steering is also rumoured.
The innovations are designed to help reduce fuel consumption by more than 7 per cent. This reduction in fuel consumption would save around 3.6 million litres of fuel and reduce CO² emissions from the Commodore fleet by around 9000 tonnes a year.
A 7 per cut would reduce the current 9.1L/100km for the petrol 3.0-litre SIDI V6 variant’s fuel consumption to about 8.4 litres per 100km, while the 3.6 litre V6’s combined fuel rating should fall from about 9.8L/100km to about 9.1L/100km.
Holden’s VF Commodore is expected to remain rear-wheel drive, built on a modified version of the current VE Zeta platform.
The Holden Commodore has been the best-selling car in Australia for 15 years, although it has been knocked off its perch in some months by vehicles such as the Toyota Corolla and Toyota HiLux.