The first pictures of the Holden VF Commodore Sportwagon and Ute have been released by the local maker as its drip-feed strategy continues for its significantly updated large car.

In terms of design, both the wagon and ute versions carry over the look of their predecessors virtually unchanged at the rear and sides but adopt the revised front end of the Holden VF Commodore sedan that was unveiled last week.

The Holden VF Commodore SS ute and Calais Sportwagon front-end treatments naturally mirrors those of the same trims of the SS and Calais sedan. The company has yet to reveal the design of the new entry-level model.

The Sportwagon and Ute will adopt the new VF interior that has so far been the headline change from the outgoing VE Commodore to the new VF, with a marked improvement in both perceived and tangible quality.

The new variants will join the sedan in Holden showrooms from June.

Rumours persist that the wagon and ute could join the Commodore sedan in North America, where later this year it will go on sale badged as a Chevrolet SS.

Head to CarAdvice’s special section on the Holden VF Commodore to see more images and read more details about Australia’s latest homegrown model.




  • Brayden Cresswell

    Have to say that wagon looks fantastic.

    • AussieJ14

      Awww I clicked here expecting a new rear!!! what a joke….

      • Kia

        I agree! Just like last gen,

        • Blahblah

          VE series 3?

      • Say What

        Fabolous looking like a Skoda Octavia? Okkkk then….

    • 42 = The Answer

      I was expecting at least some new lights, disappointed

    • Daniel D

      New tail lights were certainly needed to freshen the look of these cars, but its pretty obvious the budget wasn’t going to stretch that far.

      Fair enough I guess, but without the L3, I’m not in the market for this series one car anyway.

    • guest

       It does look good. Quite like it.

    • Say What

      Oppss… wrong post below. It looks like a SKODA OCTAVIA!

  • Zaccy16

    very disappointing that they didn’t fix the awful herse like rear styling of the sportswagon, i still think though at the front of the wagon the ss looks better than the chintzy calais look

    • Sam

      Why would you be disappointed? You criticise everything Holden do. It’s also one of the most attractive cars on the road anyway.

      • $29896495

        Was

    • Karl Sass

      How in the world do you think it looks like a  herse? I can see that in the old model but this?

      • $29896495

        Which old model, they are exactly the same in the back? Zaccy, do you mean a hearse for midgets?

        • Karl Sass

          VT to VZ. I’ve heard lots of people complain about the Sportwagon being too small in the back, but never looking like a herse. 

  • pixxxels

    The VE Sportwagon was always a very handsome wagon, but I think the minimalist, clean and simple lines of the VE rear clash too much with the glitzy, over-styled new front-end of the VF.

    It probably will look a little more cohesive with the sport models, but I think Holden should have done a better job here. 

    • $29896495

      Doubtful, it looks like two different cars front and back

      • Golfmother

        ABSOLUTELY , the dumb yanks have stuck a soft malabore style front on what was an aggressive look VE , oh it just get worse , they have ruined the wagon big time .

        • Monk

          Agreed. 
          Also shades of the fugly Liberty showing through in that wagon – I didn’t see it in the sedan. Maybe the colour is contributing to the impression.  Either way, not a good comparison.

          • Roadtard

            Okay, so I’ve given it a few days, but VF really doesn’t work for me.  The VE’s tough exterior has been softened and uglified to suit the US market and I’m not happy about it!

    • Luke Brinsmead

      Fully aggree with you on that one.

  • Shak

    Surprisingly, the new ‘Luxury Sport’ look is the better looking of the pair IMO, although they are both still pretty good looking. 

  • JD

    Cant believe they didn’t change the rear lights, though it has been a trend to keep the same tail lights for aussie made wagons for 2 generations

  • LC

    A change to the rear light cluster wouldn’t go amiss (like they did for the VY Series 2), but the new interior would make up for it.

  • DAVIDZ

    ONCE AGAIN MESSAGE TO HOLDEN

    UTE NEEDS 3 SEATER BENCH SEAT PLEASE…..

    • Brayden Cresswell

      Why? they have not been like that for centuries get with the times.

      • DAVIDZ

        BEST U TELL FALCON THEY SELL BENCH SEAT AS DOES THE JAPPERS

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/FFLU42DZJ4E23NZKHN3UXJU44Q Aazz

        So he can have his woman sit next to him.

        • pixxxels

          No chance, I heard its a squeeze to even get her in the tray. 

        • LC

          It’ll be more comfortable for both parties to have him and her sit in two separate bucket seats in the first place.

          Seen three people squeeze along the front bench of a Forward-Control van or light truck? I have, and I was one of people seated on a few occasions. It’s not a pretty sight, and it’s really, REALLY, uncomfortable.

  • Martin

    Bit slack they didn’t update the taillights. Disappointing.

  • nugsdad

    Order it in the U.S. it will be cheaper there, ( thanks to Gillard (soon to be removed) and Swanny)

    • Zaccy16

      Yep, Juliar and swanny are in a bit of trouble, libs 17 points ahead In poles, tony now preferred pm and leader ship problems from within and ruddy is preferred pm over Juliar!

      • Andrew M

        Abbott is only more popular cause he is keeping quiet at the moment.
        They both honestly need axing. Abbott struggles to string a question together and is too easily put into a studder
        The coalition has a far better treasuers though in Joe Hockey, he should lead the party into the election and ive been sayng that for years.
        We risk another protest election again where the greens get a heap of votes and think its on their own merits.

        Abbott out, Hockey to the front and it will be another historic QLD style landslide.
        Hockey has good ideas, is down to earth, and is very good and realistic when put on the spot

        • Shak

          How well is that historic QLD landslide doing for Newman and Co now? Also did you know that when John Howard introduced the GST he had worse poll numbers than Gillard does now. Poll’s are the least scientific method of judging anything.

          • Andrew M

            Its still doing well, he is still premier so nothings changed.

            Sure some people got a bit upset, but underneath it all some hard truths had to be told and certain things pulled into line.

            You cant deny he doesnt get things done.
            He served as Mayor during the 2011 floods and as premier during the 2013 floods. He really cuts the nonsence and is a do-er.
            The problem is the public sometimes just dont like being pulled out of fairy land.

            Campbell is just one of very few politicians who can actually string a well constructed sentence together on the spot and without being prodded by advisors.

            And yes, Polls mean nothing, but you cant deny the massive swing against the Labor government on state levels and soon to be federal levels.
            The whole voting system is flawed and the public not understanding it is a big problem, hence the greens example

        • Zaccy16

          i agree, abbott is a better prime minister by far than juliar but i agree that joe hockey would do the job better, he seems more down to earth and a more normal person

          • Andrew M

            Abbott might be a more genuine and down to earth person, but he sure struggles to present himself in a professional manner sometimes, I dont think either of them are good examples for our country.
            The Libs as a party have the edge though for mine, and its Hockey calling the shots

        • Golfmother

          Tony will do a howard , just shut up, and let juliar shoot herself .

          They all wrote off little jonny but he creamed them .

          Meanwhile kevin just sits back and waits , they will beg him to lead , but why take the poisoned chalice , lay low come back in 2017 .

          • $29896495

            Unfortunately she’s been shooting herself since day one. Just wont lie down and die. If Abbott gets in we’ll be even more f**ked. What do you do, it’s like picking between Commodore and Malibu.

          • Poison_Eagle

             Yes this genius forgets that Abbott’s workchoices is what got them out of govt. in the first place. So do all the other zealots trying to force LNP’s agenda down peoples throats-Unsolicted.
            Labor might be an abomination now, but until LNP puts something positive on the table, that alone is not a good enough reason to vote for them!
            Someone has put a VOTE LIBERAL sign in my electorate up really high, obviously knowing full well it is begging to be desecrated.

          • Igomi Watabi

            I do love it when the caradvice trogs start talking about politics.

          • Andrew M

            Poison,
            The LNP got voted out on scare tactics about poor job security relating to the work choices.

            Tell me, is job security a bigger or lesser concern today?
            The fact is Work choices was more about educating the workers about what to expect and how to deal with it because today anyone can pretty much be laid off for any reason and it does happen day after day.

            Labors approach was to pretend and tell everyone everyting would be rosy and safe. By not doing something effective in the way of reform is just as bad as doing something whether it worked or not

          • $29896495

            In relation to work choices lets not re-write history. It was about individual bargaining  for the most part. making it illegal for a group to go and ask for a benefit or extra money or what ever.

            In relation to be sacked, well, lets face it, some people deserve it, a fair few others are removed under pretty bogus excuses. This in order to get around unfair dismissal laws. That’s where you have to fight back, don’t take it lying down. or up the you know what.

            People in lower management can get pretty arrogant and mistreat workers. You have to watch your back, or insecure higher ups will dissect you.

          • Guest

            Too many people here read the Telegraph and the Australian, worst propaganda ever! 

          • Poison_Eagle

             Andrew M- It was not scare tactics, Coalition favours large enterprise and WC was geared towards them. Thats why they want to scrap the Mining Tax, (granted its not generating much now, but it should be retained, and turned into an earner).  But you’re entitled to your opinion, and I respectfully disagree.
            Ignoramus Wasabi – GFY buddy :).
            So much pomp and snobbery on here sometimes…

        • Karl Sass

          Yep, governments don’t get voted in they get voted out.

          • Golfmother

            Oppositions dont win elections , governments lose elections .

        • Guest

          Your joking about Joe aren’t you. Cmon you have to be!

    • Wazsmith

      you know nothing about exchange rates etc. more to do with tech investment from the State and relative cost of living. Nothing to do with the government of the day and a change in Aus government will have ZERO effect… 

    • $29896495

      Those dills have nothing to do with GM reaming you.

    • Hgf

       You guys are absolute idiots if you think the lower price of cars in the USA is Gillards fault. The discrepancy in price was there during the Howard years and it will still be there under a Abbott or anyone elses Government.

    • horsie

      Oh yea. and when the government changes suddenly a SS will be 30K in Australia. Give me a break. 

      • Anarchy

        I read this about Toyota Australia this morning. Not always good to see Australian based companies struggling.

        TOYOTA has lost a staggering $700 million in three years, but is negotiating for more taxpayer dollars to build a new model in Australia.
        A senior company insider has revealed to News Limited the scale of the loss, which equates to about $3500 for every car Toyota exported to the Middle East over the past three years.In the same period, the federal and Victorian governments contributed almost $100 million to Toyota’s manufacturing operations – $35 million to go towards the local production of the Camry Hybrid and a further $63 million to go towards a $330 million upgrade of Toyota’s engine factory at Altona.

    • Daniel D

      If you believe that Gillard and Swanny are working for Holden, maybe you shouldn’t vote in the next election and I’ll pay your fine.

  • http://www.ozmazdaclub.com/ Tien

    The rear lights doesn’t even look like its been touched

    I would have thought they’d change the shape seeing as the sedan was changed or at the very least change the colour around (brake at the bottom reverse at the top or vice versa) just to do something different

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FFLU42DZJ4E23NZKHN3UXJU44Q Aazz

    Looks like a VE from behind.

  • 42 = The Answer

    Disappointment is all I can see with the effort on the rear end, especially when so much detail was spent with the sedan. In saying that, it makes it clear that the sedan’s rear update was aimed at pleasing the Chevrolet customers as opposed to local customers. Shame :(

    • Monk

      You may well be right – the unchanged rear lights may be the clearest indication that the wagon and ute are not heading to USA.

  • Loft86

    i prefer the current calais face. the vf looks to busy.

  • LowRezFez

    I’d consider the wagon if it had a 7 seat option, 8 speed auto and a turbo 4 cyl.

    • davie

      1 – What wagon currently on the market meets your requirements? 

      2 – If it exists, why have you not bought it?

      • Joshua Kong24

        Mercedes E-class estate comes pretty close..

      • LowRezFez

        The closest car that meets my needs is a CRV. I’d happily go for the Holden if offered the things I mentioned. The wagon should also offer integrated booster seats and load bearing roller luggage net.

        Now that the RAV4 has been released I’ll be ordering the said Honda in June.

        • Shak

          The Honda doesnt even come close to what you described. 

          • LowRezFez

            Yes, it’s a compromise based on cost. It still gives me 5 seats and a good boot, good fuel economy and the expectation of Honda Quality and reliability. Now, if the Sportswagon offered what I wanted I’d glady pay the extra. Still, the Sportswagon is a decent car that deserves to do well.

          • davie

            I too hope the VF goes well even though it does not meet my needs.

            However, you should really acknowledge that your earlier comment is a bit unrealistic and silly. I note that you didn’t buy a E-Class as you were only prepared to pay holden prices. 

            What you have correctly deduced, is that for holden prices, you will not get your unrealistic desires. You will get, at best, a CRV…

          • Fgjdfg

             WTF, CRV does not have a 8 speed auto, 7 seats or turbo 4 cyl. It does not come anywhere near what your “requirements”. It doesn’t even have a 6 speed auto.
            5 seats? You obviously have not looked at many cars as nearly ALL cars have 5 seats. Why on earth would you pick out the CRV out of hundereds of other cars because it has FIVE seats?
            Economy is hardly flash, better than Crummer (well the old Crummer, still waiting for VF figures) but what would you expect from just 114KW of power?

          • LowRezFez

            Ok, I won’t ask for something better.., best be a good little sheep and take what is given to me. The point I’m making is that for Commodore to survive it needs to add features like the ones I have mentioned as well as offering size and economy. If not it will be a dinosaur and we will lose having a such a unique product. As for my choice of car… It’s not hard to understand that if the commodore does not meet my needs, why not just buy a cheaper option that does the basics.

          • 42 = The Answer

            You’re being unrealistic (as per comment below) and short-sighted.
            I think we can all agree that the VF range will no longer be as varied as what
            is provided in VE’s range and that VF is headed in the more premium direction.
            I can only speculate that the up-coming Omega will be a more premium product
            when compared it’s VE predecessor and that Holden will pitch the upcoming
            Malibu as its fleet focused entry level car. I’d recommend buying a Malibu as it would suit your persona quite well

          • Dave S

            Sportswagon with LPG.
            I doubt the Honda with park itself, or include some of the other high tech gear that the VF brings. oh and the Holden is not made in Thailand and support Aussie jobs.

          • SuperChar

            Why wouldnt you just buy a Honda Odyssey.  Same manufacturer and has the 7 seats.  If you have considered a Sportwagon then I can only assume you don’t need the AWD ability.  The Odyssey is reliable, not so MPV looking and would have similar performance to the CRV

        • LowRezFez

          42, you are entitled to your views… I just think you are undemanding and willing to accept what is currently being doled out. I’m quite comfortable about the correctness of my views.

          • LowRezFez

            Dave S… If you like the car, go ahead and buy it.

          • Golfmother

            Did he say ” Premium ” , looks down market chevy to me , then again thats probably how premium looks to the swampies .

          • 42 = The Answer

            Congratulations, you understand basic english! Also, what’s with the reference to “swampies”? It makes you look at rather childish if you have to resort to name calling.

          • $29896495

            42, swampies refers to an American TV show which I’m sure you are aware of.

          • 42 = The Answer

            I wish you the best of luck with the CRV if you choose to purchase one. I understand that the latest model is a decent all-rounder.

          • LowRezFez

            Thank you, you are a gentleman.

          • Golfmother

            Bogans and swamp people are interchangable ,nicola roxon will try and ban such talk , but it will live on .

          • 42 = The Answer

            But she retired so it’ll probably be Stephen Conroy and his much loved internet and tv censorship that’ll end it.

          • Poison_Eagle

            oh please cram it about politics, trying to stuff it down our throats like the rest of your ilk.
            The topic here is VF Commmodore Ute and Wagon.

    • Daniel D

      So you are saying that you would consider the wagon if it was a completely different car.

      • LowRezFez

        Very nice comment, made me laugh… I guess you are right.

  • GTuck

    The chrome window frame on the wagon is new too, that’ll look good on a black wagon.

  • SS01

    Lines dont work, tacky side gills need to be better. Pity, as i was looking to buy the ute, but now i either buy the current version, or wait and see what ford’s offering is.

  • bg

    well holden another disappointment as the VF is the most bland looking car out so far and yep even the new corolla is much more sportier than this

    • Daniel D

      The new Corolla is more sporty? Hmmm..  

  • Andrew M

    I clicked on the article quickly wanting to see the new rear on the ute…….
    Unfortunatly it just doesnt work.
    Fair enough the rear is usually carried on, but not usually with such radical front styling changes.

    The VE was a much more square cut and bold styling, and the ute was the best looking of the VE styles as they had it all flowing so well, not it looks odd just like the sleek hatch rear end they plonked on the Cruze

  • Mikey

    OK, what is with that aerial?!?!?! It just looks totally out of proportion to the rest of the car…

    • Daniel D

      Its used to pickup “the wireless”. Peoples voices sound from the doors in your car and its almost like they are in your car with you.

      I hear that soon they will send pictures over the wireless too and we will all have receivers in our homes.

  • Poison_Eagle

    I guess they ran out of money halfway through. 

  • spotto

    Go Holden, love it…!  

  • Effingpond

    Looks like the Sebring headlights !!

    • Daniel D

      The headlight design and shape looks the weakest design element in the new VF. A more agressive and sporting styling to the headlights would make a world of difference to the overall front look.

  • peddy.d

    ok the VF’s new sculptural styling doesn’t go well with the ute. The ute is made to be bulky, muscular and tough, that front end just doesn’t suit the character of the car. Sportwagon is fine though

  • Dfg

    At least it appears the “new” wagon will be arriving with the sedan. It was ridiculous how the VE wagon didn’t come out for years after the sedan.

  • Sumoisadog

    My guess this design is meant for people to get used to new shape Commodore (after VF) which is going to be a global platform and probably FWD.

    • $29896495

      Exactly right, if you look back, at old models from both Holden and Ford, it seems to be the way they work. Run out cars always get elements of what’s coming next.

  • Effingpond

    No bloody original design. The current commiedore has an interior that mimics the Audi, wheel arches that mimic the last M3. The VF has the Sebring lights and bonnet creases, front grill from Audi/hyundai range.

  • Peanut

    Why didn’t they base the front end off the Volt to have a dramatic difference to what they had?

    • $29896495

      Mow that is a good idea. Would have blended batter than the Malibu bits. Still it’s quite obvious other than for the yanks, it’s meant to soften us up for the Malibu and what is to follow. 

  • horsie

    I would only consider buying it if it had a gold plated grill and lasers that fire at robyn graves and zachy on site. Damn americans influencing my dream commodore. home on holden build me the car i want. 

  • WayneTSV

    As expected, the new VF nose bolted onto the existing rear on both vehicles. Nothing unusual here for Holden. Still fantastic looking cars, with vastly improved interiors!

    • Peter

      hmmm, I actually preferred the old exterior.  The front on these reminds me of a Nissan pulsar from about 2005.  The interior looks fine, but more Korean than euro.

  • HOWDEN MAYTE

    Hahaha this shouldn’t have taken 6 years to build… They look almost exactly the same as the previous models, Holden is done for…

    • Trevor

      It’s how they’ve always done it. 

    • Daniel D

      There was a little thing called the GFC and the parent company going bankrupt, that you have to consider when considering the timing of this launch.

  • Poison_Eagle

    It really doesn’t look right with the VE lights IMHO. At least with the transition from VT- VX, they changed the badge positioning and the jewellery of the tail lights. I think they did the same again for VY/Z.
    The rear end on the ute and wagon look stale, like someone who was washed their face and torso, but has blowies buzzing around everything south of the border.

  • Thumper

    I own a VE2 SSV Sportwagon and I was hoping to see some improvements to the VF rear look.  Since we can’t see the SS wagon rear as yet then its hard to comment.
    Please be-gone with the chrome strip mould across the tailgate and please be-gone with the honeycomb diffuser garnish under the rear bar. Easy changes that would update the look a little.

    Did they say that the SS wagon & Ute won’t get the 6.2 engine ????

    • Poison_Eagle

       Nor will the sedan.  I’m tipping the US market SS will get the LT1 before we do, given they update their cars every model year.

  • push rod

    i think american companys are generally cheap and also slow to adapt compared to the europeans and asians.
    heres an example:

    look at briggs and stratton, they still make flathead lawnmower engines (and ohv too, but mostly flatheads) . where as honda makes belt driven SOHC lawnmower engines. honda hasnt made a flathead mower engine is 20 years. their lowest economy model engine still features overhead valves, which is only somthing that high end briggs motors have.

    briggs and stratton could of made a ohc engines decades ago if they wanted to, but they are cheap and wanted to milk the flathead profits.

    i think this is a similar problem with american automotive companys. they like milking the old designs to get maximum $$$ out of them before switching onto somthing new. you can see this “milking the design” in everyting from engines to suspensions.

    almost any american company could produce a quad cam v8 with 5 valves per cylinder but they never will. its too advanced and american companys like to progress is small steps so as to milk current designs for all they are worth.

    • $29896495

      What about Ford?

  • push rod

    even a v6 2grfe camry does a 14.4 on the QM a VEss1 does 14 or 13.7 how pathetic is that!! that a nerds FWD can keep up. Yayyy go Hlden and your 20 year old tech

  • Luke Brinsmead

    I thought the rear lights would have been stretched, like on the sedan.

  • Thumper

    After posting the previous query to whether the LS3 will be fitted to the SS… its already been confirmed by Holden that the LS3 6.2 engine will be standard fitment in OZ V8 models.
    AFM will be added to the VF LS3 which was not previously offered in the HSV range.
    310KW/560NM is the suggested output…

  • Rocket

    Hopefully the ute can’t park itself otherwise no real males will buy them anymore.

    • Trevor

      Why? You’re not forced to use it.

      • Rocket

        Why have it if you know how to park? Holden should be offering a subwoofer not some lame parking system.

        • $29896495

          Maybe driving lessons should come with cars these days.

      • Golfmother

        Obviously a reticence to let the girlfriend drive it now it has park assist , manhood threatened .

  • gtrxuone

    Omg if the sportswagon and ute will send the Usa bananas.Stunning looking motor vechles.If the Holden goes really well in the states.

    Ford Usa might have to send the Falcon to the Usa as one of the genuine competitors to the Commodores.

    • $29896495

      The wagon at least was already sold in the US, and didn’t explode in sales.

    • Golfmother

      Lay off the pipe torana boy .

  • $29896495

    You know I get the heavy chrome (even though i don’t like it) that’s because Americans designed it. But I still don’t understand the flutes or grills behind the front wheels. They just look so out of place.

  • zephaniah davis

    damn ungly car….won’t sell.

    holden trying too hard with hard and soft lines.

    too complicated metal fabrication design..confused rear and front.

    chyrsler have gone back to old school masculine lines with jeep, sedans  and wagons, holden should too with this big car range. 

    overall, this new range is visually quite a disapointment.

    • $29896495

      Good profile pic

  • Allay 62

    With the latest pics of the new ford coming, holden will have a fight on their hands..

  • Use2b

    Interesting… Last week when they showed the sedan I thought, nice, quite euro.
    Now seeing the wagon I’m thinking Chrysler Crossfire. Unfortunately I haaaaaaaate the Crossfire….
    I think they should of tried to do something with the back end too. Not that VE was bad, I thought it was a good move from the old huge wagon concept, it just needed a last hurrah before being transformed into the GM equivalent of a Mondeo…

  • Toymota

    Same pig, new lipstick.

  • Martin

    Gay car enthusiasts do exist. Well, other than me.

  • Guest

    Yeah me too Martin, there is definitely a couple of closeters on here too! Defintely that Gary dude!