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PostHeaderIcon HSV Commodore

When Holden announced that it will cease building vehicles in Australia at the end of 2016, there were all sorts of rumors about what will happen to the iconic brand. Come 2017 and it seems that Holden will continue to live on, just like General Motors predicted, by selling a number of rebadged GM products. This is by no means a new strategy, but unlike previous decades, the Commodore is no longer engineered and built in Australia. Instead, the famous nameplate is now being used for the Australian version of the Opel Insignia.

Redesigned for 2017, the current Insignia was moved up market in terms of design, materials, and technology. Shipped to Australia with almost the same features as the European model, the Insignia will also become the base model for HSV’s successor to its high-performance Commodore. Information is slim as of this writing, but Holden Special Vehicle has already confirmed that it will continue to build cars beyond the Australian-made Commodore’s discontinuation. There’s little doubt that the next HSV Commodore will be based on the German-made Insignia and we should see the beefed-up sedan show up in dealerships by the end of the year.

Interestingly enough, GM just sold the Opel division to PSA, which means that the German marque is now owned by Peugeot and Citroen. This should affect Insignia production given that GM and PSA signed certain agreements about existing models, but it remains to be seen how things will evolve. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at what the upcoming HSV Commodore might bring to the table.

Continue reading to learn more about the HSV Commodore.


PostHeaderIcon HSV to Give the Commodore a Very Fitting Farewell

With Holden slated to end production at the end of 2017, It’s only a matter of time before the Holden name is associated with badge-engineering. This means that awesome models like the Commodore will be gone forever. But, before that happens, HSV just might give the Commodore one last hurrah – one that’s fitting of an iconic car such as this. First, there’s the GTS-R that we learned about after HSV trademarked the name last year. Now, if reports from Motoring are to be believed, the Commodore will also get a more powerful version that uses the supercharged V-8 from the previous Corvette ZR1.

This means that for Holden’s final year as an auto manufacturer, it will bring out two awesome versions of the Commodore. The GTS-R is expected to come standard with GM’s 6.2-liter LSA V-8. The rumors so far have yet to produce working performance numbers, but the current GTS makes 577 horsepower and 538 pound-feet, so it should have at least that on tap, if not more. Then there’s the beefier version that’s being called the GTS-R W1, which is apparently still in development but with the ZR-1 engine should come with up to 638 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque on tap. That makes it a four-door ZR-1 in about every way.

With that kind of output, the W1 could turn out to be the question Australian-built model with a 62-mph sprint that comes as quickly as 3.5 to 3.7 seconds – now that’s one fast sedan. To put that into perspective for you, the new Porsche Panamera runs the 62-mph sprint in as quick as 3.6 seconds with 550 horsepower and 567 pound-feet on tap. The Maserati Quattroporte comes with 523 horsepower, 524 pound-feet, and a 4.6-second sprint to 62 mph. Holden may be living on borrowed time, but it’s going to climb into the ring with the big boys before it goes.

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PostHeaderIcon Holden Commodore Black Edition

The iconic Holden Commodore was redesigned for 2013, when the VF-generation made its debut in Australia. Unfortunately, the launch was almost immediately followed by GM’s announcement that it will shut down all Australian production in 2017. This means that the Commodore will also be discontinued next year, with the facelift introduced for the 2016 model year being the last a Holden will ever receive. With the Commodore set to go out of production in a year or so, Holden is now rushing to launch as many special-edition models as possible, the most recent of which is the Black Edition.

Essentially a package that adds black accents on the inside and a couple of new features, the Black Edition is available for three different body styles — sedan, station wagon, and ute — and two trims, SV6 and SS. In all, customers can add the bundle to six models and choose from the 3.6-liter V-6 and the mighty 6.2-liter V-8 engines.

“Black exterior design features have proved popular with customers looking to give their vehicle a stronger road presence and unique styling. With Commodore Black, we’ve chosen to combine the style of those black design features with the substance of advanced technology, usually only reserved for our top-of-the-range vehicles,” said Peter Keley, Holden’s executive director of sales.

The Commodore Black Edition goes on sale from April 2016.

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PostHeaderIcon Holden Commodore Black Edition

The iconic Holden Commodore was redesigned for 2013, when the VF-generation made its debut in Australia. Unfortunately, the launch was almost immediately followed by GM’s announcement that it will shut down all Australian production in 2017. This means that the Commodore will also be discontinued next year, with the facelift introduced for the 2016 model year being the last a Holden will ever receive. With the Commodore set to go out of production in a year or so, Holden is now rushing to launch as many special-edition models as possible, the most recent of which is the Black Edition.

Essentially a package that adds black accents on the inside and a couple of new features, the Black Edition is available for three different body styles — sedan, station wagon, and ute — and two trims, SV6 and SS. In all, customers can add the bundle to six models and choose from the 3.6-liter V-6 and the mighty 6.2-liter V-8 engines.

“Black exterior design features have proved popular with customers looking to give their vehicle a stronger road presence and unique styling. With Commodore Black, we’ve chosen to combine the style of those black design features with the substance of advanced technology, usually only reserved for our top-of-the-range vehicles,” said Peter Keley, Holden’s executive director of sales.

The Commodore Black Edition goes on sale from April 2016.

Continue reading to learn more about the Holden Commodore Black Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Holden Commodore VFII

Holden has always been an interesting part of GM. Unlike Opel, GM’s European division, Holden cars tend to share a lot with American cars, they’re just set up in a different and presumably more Australian way. Evidence of this similarity can be seen in how many Holdens have come to America wearing different badges. Even the Holden Commodore has come over as the Pontiac G8, Pontiac GTO, the current cop-only Caprice and the Chevy SS. Even the fifth-generation Camaro has a platform originally developed for the Commodore. So Holden’s announcement that local production would shut down after 2017 as GM moves to a more global approach to making cars, represents a real loss.

So this latest facelift of the Holden Commodore will be its last, and Holden even threw it a party in order to send it off in style. Thirty examples of the car, dating back to 1978, were gathered in Port Melbourne to announce the debut of the VFII. As the name implies, the VFII is not a separate generation from the VF (Holden gives each generation a letter designation), but rather a refreshed version to keep the car from going stale during the last couple of years of its life. It looks great too, making it all the more unfortunate that it’s going away.

Continue reading to learn more about the Holden Commodore VFII.


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