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by Daniel DeGasperi

All Holden VF Commodore models will be equipped with an eight-inch high-resolution colour touchscreen display featuring the latest, most advanced version of the General Motors infotainment system dubbed MyLink.

The system on the Holden VF Commodore Calais V-Series shown in Melbourne featured two rows of 16 square-shaped ‘apps’ on its home page, each labelled Now Playing, Nav, Phone, AM, FM, Pandora, Stitcher, DVD, USB, Aux, Bluetooth, Rear Aux, Tone, Config, Destination and Quick Info.

MyLink works like a smartphone, using third-party ‘apps’ to control both music and navigation options.

The launch of the ‘Pandora’ application is imminent, an app that streams online music via Bluetooth streaming using a smartphone’s internet connection. Select a song from Pandora’s online playlist, then the system automatically creates a playlist based on the user’s taste. A 40 second advertisement is played after every four songs; the system’s only cost. Pandora will use, at worst, 1.5-2Gb of internet data per month, according to Holden.

Other apps include Stitcher, which offers internet radio stations and podcasts without Pandora’s extra functions, BringGo, which provides satellite navigation functions, and Siri, which as with its use on the Apple iPhones, answers user questions, from the weather to finding a nearby petrol station.

For the first time on a Commodore, the new MyLink system enables the Holden VF to adopt internet streaming allowing a high level of customisation including the ability to download other apps.

Although MyLink is available on several General Motors products worldwide – particularly Chevrolets – and made its debut in Australia on the Barina CDX, Holden says that the version in the Holden VF Commodore is a little bit more special.

“VF gets the most advanced version that General Motors has of our new MyLink infotainment system…” claims Holden managing director Mike Devereux.

“We will when we launch this car have the most advanced system anywhere in the world of General Motors.”

Holden design director, Andrew Smith (above), explained that the adoption of the MyLink system was a good example of how the Holden VF Commodore is more globally connected than the VE that went before it.

Having only recently returned from Seoul to head up design in Melbourne, Aussie-born Smith helped create the original VE’s now-defunct multi-media interface, which was a locally developed system – he mused that “that was my baby. I went overseas and came back and they’d changed it” – not shared with any other car in the world. The contrast to the global-sharing philosophy with MyLink and the VF Commodore is obvious.

“Getting this [MyLink] aligned means that not only do we get vehicles that for a Holden customer are consistent, it’s also a better system than before,” admitted Smith, referring to the Holden iQ touchscreen introduced in 2010. “It’s flexible, [and] will have better support for upgrades…

“I know we’ve had criticism of the iQ system for being a bit slow. This means we can leverage global resources to stay ahead.

“Like we talk about … using a globally sourced part, the MyLink system is something we’re rolling across all our product, and it really is something that is a complicated development process.”

MyLink will also be more serviceable than the MMI and Holden iQ systems that went before it, with software updates planned for the future.

“At the moment my understanding is that it [upgrades] are going to be when you get the car serviced,” said Smith.

“But you start to think about where it can go … you can now update your operating system on your iPhone through the network…”

  • Zaccy16

    too many things to go wrong with this!

    • Captain Nemo®™

       Remember it’s not a VeeDud we’re talkin about Zuppy.  Not some African made Polio junk.

    • Anarchy

      Like what? I drive a 2008 VE and looking forward for the new VF. I had no issues with the VE and I do city/freeway/country driving a lot. By the way I come from a French speaking country and I had my share of Peugeot/Renault/Citroen before.

    • gtrxuone

      Just because Vw auto electrics are shi#e.Doesn’t mean Holden will have similar problems.
      Another reason why your Polo will be worthless by the end of the new car warranty…

    • Declan Collins

      Come on Zaccy surely you’re getting bored of your own drivel now. Sign in with Facebook, let’s see who you really are

    • Golfmother

      And they will , the VE had massive problems with the chinese electrics , imagine this lot .

    • nugsdad

       Mr Top 1 do you ever have anything positive to say? Your negativity on everything is a real pain.

  • Zaccy16

    Look,I’m telling you thins will go wrong with this, if us gays know anything it electronic gadget things

    • Barry

      Common Zaccy16 you have  the most comments of all bloggers today.Everyone negative,not one positive to say.
      Are you Golfmothers son,where you conceived in the back of a VK Commodore.

      • Golfmother

        His mother had more taste than to ride in a coughing VK, the hardest car in the world to tune , with rubbish paint and ice cream container plastic interior .

        • Zaccy16

          Yep correct golfmother, my mother actually had a 76 leyland mini LS in British racing green when I was born!! Fantastic little car the original mini, I’m actually looking to buy a refurbished or one to do up at the moment

          • nugsdad

             I suspect you were conceived in it

        • Barry

          Driving a Vw you would know all about icecream container plastic interior.

          • Golfmother

            The big recycle plant in lisbeth is right next door to where they built your  breathless  SV6 , have a  sit in a VW , you will see what we mean about quality .  

  • D987

    What about digital radio? If Holden put it as standard across the range it would finally speed up the incredibly slow uptake.

    • Crazy n00b

      They should put digital radio in. Some of the cars (not luxury cars) have it since 2011.

  • Mark

    I really hope that this commodore is successful for Holden. It would be sad to see it disappear in to the past and with the investment that Holden have made. I got to wondering the other day what would Holden sell if they downsize or get rid of the Commodore thats that mean goodbye Statesman, Caprice, HSV. I hope that the market sees this Commodore for its potential and the inovation and gets on board. So that they can build better and better cars in the future.

    • Golfmother

      Craprice is dead ,down to under 200 a month , no word on that yet , it wont survive , chrysler 300 is caning it .

  • TG

    What a POS. MirrorLink is the future, not his garbage.

    • TG


    • Anarchy

      MirrorLink works with Nokia Symbian and Android Phones. Apple is not supported. Only Sony so far has released after market units and Alpine & JVC are soon to follow this year. So I guess “this” will work in the meantime. It is way better than the iQ and is a leap forward. Next time be constructive in your comments and share something useful.

  • GILL

    i am wondering do we have to update the Mylink software every year and have to pay for it ????