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Holden VE Commodore


Holden took the wraps off its all-new, more angular VE Commodore range in Melbourne, Australia, last week.

The VE is the most extensive revision of Holden’s best-seller since the VT was launched in 1997. Interiors, exteriors and major mechanical features have been totally redesigned or upgraded.

Holden showed only selected models last weekend – the high-performance SS and the luxury Calais, both powered by 6.0-litre V8 engines.

The all-new WM series Statesman and Caprice flagship models were also shown.
The VE has a longer wheelbase which moves the wheels closer to the car’s corners.

Holden New Zealand managing director, Peter Keley, says the VE programme cost $1.04 billion.

The VE Commodore has been engineered for left and right-hand drive, making it easier to build for left-hook markets.

Holden has revised the Commodore line-up, dropping the base model Executive and more upmarket Acclaim and replacing them with a new nameplate, the Omega.

The Alloytec V6 engines, will get horsepower boosts – to 180 and 195kW.
The 6.0-litre V8 develops 270kW and a creditable 530Nm of peak torque.

V8s get a new six-speed automatic gearbox.Front and rear suspensions have been completely redesigned

Holden will start selling the VE in New Zealand in September 2006.

Holden is managing the car’s launch in three bites – a reveal of the two topline V8s last weekend, engineering details next weekend, and a media drive programme the weekend after.

That controlled release programme has attracted strong criticism from some sections of the Australian media who have complained that it’s the first time ever that Holden has launched a car without allowing the media to drive it at the initial reveal. 

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