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by Daniel DeGasperi

The styling of the Holden VF Commodore SS V-Series will near-mirror its US-bound Chevrolet SS spin-off, which will be unveiled at the Daytona 500 at 4:15pm (AEST) this Saturday February 16th.

While remaining tight lipped about the design changes to the Holden VF Commodore, Holden chief designer Richard Ferlazzo confessed that the need to create a Chevrolet SS version for export “absolutely” played a role in deciding the styling of the sports models. He also insisted, however, that the final outcome has not been altered because of the need to sell the car as a Chevy.

“It’s a matter of having ‘global’ graphics,” said Ferlazzo. “We’re happy with this, it was our intent all along.”

Despite criticism from the US that the styling of the Monaro-based Pontiac GTO and VE Commodore-derived Pontiac G8 were both too soft for the American market, the chief designer cites that “Pontiac is an overt brand … we’re probably more aligned with Chevrolet these days”, adding that the possibility of including bonnet vents for the US market “didn’t really come into play”.

Interior designer Sharon Gauchi (below) also confirmed that there would be design changes to the VF Commodore SS interior in its translation to the US-only model.

The Chevrolet SS will be revealed at 4:15pm (AEST) this Saturday February 16th. Next week, Holden will continue the VF Commodore drip-feed with ute and Sportwagon variants due to debut. Read CarAdvice’s full coverage of the Holden VF Commodore here.


  • Suqsid

    In before Zuppy and Flogmother and the rest of the gang start their jibberish..

    I think it looks great.

    • Sumpguard

         Agreed it does look good.

              Of course as you say  Flogmonster and WaccyZaccy on the Tobaccy  will continue to state otherwise.

      • gtrxuone

        Compared to the Vf there veeduds look irrevalent.

        • Zaccy16

          again this article has nothing about vw in it!

      • Zaccy16

        This is my opinion sumpy, it looks less chintzy than the calais v but that bottom gril with that stupid plastic strip doesn’t match the car, its a sad day when the holden designs have to style the car to match a chevy! at least ford still design cars for aus!

        • Golfmother

          EXACTLY .

        • horsie

          LOL holdens have always been styled to look like chevys. look at a HQ Monaro GTS and a Camaro GTS. Even the name Monaro came from Camaro. 
          Look at a EK and a 60’s Chev. 
          Look at a FJ and a early Chev. 
          I believe  the HQ-HZ even shared components. 
          This is nothing new

          • $29896495

            Well they are designed either in the US or Germany.

    • Shak


  • Pro346

    Very impressive!

  • KiddingMe

    I love it.

    May be tripping out a bit, but I see a bit of the old HSV Coupe 4 in this vehicle. I think it’s the coupe 4 anyway.

    • Pro346

      Just what I was thinking

  • Poison_Eagle

    I don’t like it. A toned down mish-mash of softened edges. That black plastic bar looks naff! Worse than FG MkII treatment on XR’s. Rear is pretty nice but overall it doesn’t look as interesting as it should for a sport model IMHO.
    VE SS/SV6 is cleaner, more defined with more personality and sporting character. It managed to do this without looking tacky unlike the HSV’s. Disappointed, but thats just me.

    • Darryl

      Looks like Holden recognise the target market is getting older. And can’t park either.

  • Dudeface

    I like it. Not stunning, but very nice. And this coming from a Ford guy.

    The real test will be seeing one in the flesh, and feeling the quality of the materials and fit/finish.

  • David Salter

    Good grief, the Calais is better looking than this. Makes you wonder how over the top the front of the HSV is going to have to be? 

  • Allay 62

    The front grill looks like it has a rubbish bin, and the front is to over down..

    • Golfmother

      Looks like the buck tooth hundi/kia fronts , ugly maybe thats why slumguard loves it , ditched his sportiva with wobbles , hes put his order in ,foaming at the mouth .

  • Allay 62

    That is over done :)

  • Golfschwein

    You’re fun! New, aren’t you? Say something to me, go on!

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  • Sumpguard

    They have a room Xenu. They plan their car theft there.  Flogmother steals his neighbour’s cars because he can’t afford his own. He recently stole a Kia Optima by breaking in through the glass roof (the driver’s window was down already and the car was unlocked) . When he got the car back to his slum he realised Zaccy was locked inside and used a coat hanger to get Zaccy out by the neck.

       Zaccy let’s see just how “Australian” the next ford is before making stupid comments. The entire auto industry worldwide is heading towards global platforms to remain competitive. 
       Do Veedud do a design unique to Australia? Do Toyota? Before you flap that silly little mouth of your’s and say the Aurion you might want to check whether or not it is exported to Asia with a 4 cylinder engine under the lid!

       Ford have already said the next falcon will be built on a global platform and the one after that may not even happen.

       Holden have done what is necessary to tie the Commodore in with global design direction because it will be exported to the USA and other markets and considering how dull the Malibore looks I think they’ve done a very good job. Even Golfweiner can see that.  

      Ford’s problem in Australia is they have been restrained from exporting what is essentially a better car than most of the rubbish they do overseas by an arrogant parent company that claims to know better.