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The entry-level version of the new Holden VF Commodore has been caught undisguised by an eagle-eyed member of the CarAdvice team.

Holden has so far revealed only the luxury Calais and sporty SS versions of its new Commodore as part of a drip-feed campaign, but our photos taken on Sydney’s North Shore confirm the look of the new base model that may retain the Omega badge.

Holden is referring to the car pictured only as “the entry-level car” for now, while the local car maker will drop the older ‘Berlina’ name as it pares the number of Commodore variants offered.

The Chrome-bordered grille of the base Holden VF Commodore contributes to a plainer design compared with the Calais and SS front ends and gives the ‘Omega’ a striking resemblance to the Cruze small car that’s also built locally

The spied model shows alloy wheels are again set for the entry Commodore, though the car is set to include more features than the outgoing Omega as Holden aims to move the large car away from its heavy focus on fleet sales and to find more private buyers.

Holden said at the first design reveal of the new Commodore that the base model “would be a class above”, with a more premium execution for the interior. The interior of the car we spotted, which was parked along with wagon and sedan versions of the new Calais, was covered up.

The new Holden VF Commodore goes on sale in early June with sedan, ute and wagon body styles again. Holden has confirmed a next-generation Commodore will be built locally from 2017, though how much Australian influence will go into the replacement remains unclear as it moves to a new global platform.

Click to read CarAdvice’s comprehensive coverage of the 2013 Holden Commodore.


  • F1orce

    The base Aurion is pretty much better than this.

    As this looks ultra cheap.

    • supercujo

      But will it look good in yellow as a taxi?

      • $29896495

        It already has a place for the sign on the back. Pity they stuck the taxi boot on all models.

      • The Dude

        Yes, and it will also look good in white, you know, for high speed chases as an effective police cruiser… Pretty brain-dead comment there pal. 

    • Jober As A Sudge

      This will drive better than an Aurion though

      • F1orce

        Not really, all Aurions come with ubiquitous 3.5L V6 and that motor makes the car pretty fun to drive.

        • G21

          obiqtious?

          • F1orce

            Fixed!

          • Lumpycamel

            Aurion fun to drive…. *looks around* are you on the same planet….???

        • Fsd

           No it doesn’t. The engine itself isn’t bad, but there is axle tramp off the line, torque steer out of corners, intrusive traction control (with no off button), numb steering and fairly low levels of grip.
          The gearbox is also a weak point; it won’t kick down when engine is already over about 3800rpm and when you try to manually shift, it merely beeps at you, the first gear goes to 68kmh but the 2nd gear goes to around 115kmh which is too tall – roll on acceleration from 65-80kmh is compromised due to this gap in gearing, sixth gear has engine doing about 1900rpm @ 100kmh which is higher revs than even a old 4 speed Crummer/Falcoone.

          • Ray

            I rented an Aurion in Tasmania.A bad decision. On the winding mountain roads it was awful. More like  a FWD from the 1980s.

          • F1orce

            Yes the chassis being FWD will have some compromise, the torque steer is evident, though isn’t too bad. But why would you turn off t/c for this? It’ll make matters worst, you’ll have wheel spin all the way till about 95km/h Hahaaa it could be manually turned off, it’s fun though, but useless to turn it off.

            Yeah I agree the manual shift thing is completely useless at all times. But the tranny does down & upshift quite a lot of times, and it does so very quickly.

            At 3800rpm with the Aurion you won’t be needing to downshift as it’ll be pulling very fast anyway..

            Actually at 100 the engine is doing 1600 revs, but yeah I think the new one fixed that short 6th gear?

        • Brett

          Aurion has a great motor, but is hamstrung by a “toyota” gearbox, which are stupid as they refuse driver inputs/commands.

          • Pro346

            Yes and its front wheel drive!

          • pixxxels

            and it looks like it was moulded from a block of clay with a hammer

          • F1orce

            Actually I always thought Toyota’s 6-speed was one of the best due to their fast shift times and seamless operation..

            But yeah the 2GR-FE V6 of the Aurion is one of the best V6 motors, smooth, refined, powerful and fairly efficient etc etc and it sounds very very nice when revved

          • Poison_Eagle

             Have driven an Aurion AT-X, the VDC system had no hope of containing wheelspin and I was making cornering adjustments to compensate for filthy torque steer! A true pig.

          • Bigdog

            Your so one minded in your eyes Toyotas drip gold and express diamonds out there exhaust.

        • Henry Toussaint

           But the Commodore is RWD..

          • F1orce

            But the 3.0L SIDI OMEGA incredibly slow, yes in practise its more then adequate, but for a 3L V6 it is quite slow, and it doesn’t even weight much..

            So there really is little point of RWD for the base 3L SIDI

          • Karl Sass

            190KW is plenty to feel the advantages of RWD. Not just about the power, it’s about towing, stability, weight balance etc.

          • Chris Buckley

            As always, It’s not just about Kw, It’s about Peak Torque & where it’s delivered. Commodore’s 3.0L Usable torque is too high in the rev range…as a result, the engine works harder to generate it’s stated figures and burn more fuel to do so. This is where Holden could have utilised the 2.0L Turbo from SAAB/Opel to really help them in that area…maybe even the 1.9 TDCI unit.  

          • F1orce

            Yeah it’s not just about numbers, but how the motor delivers the power.

            btw the 3.0L SIDI has 290Nm at 2400rpm which is much more than enough for a car with that weight and 190kW at 6700rpm

            But the problem with the car is that it is so harsh and coarse the way the power is made, and for 190kW it’s slow..

          • correcto

            maybe they need to go back to a push rod

          • Chris Buckley

            It weighs close to if not 1.8 Tonne. The new model maybe weighs about 50 – 100KG less. If the car was 1.8T fully loaded with Mum, Dad and two kids in the back plus a boot load of groceries or what not, I wouldn’t call 290Nm at any RPM enough. 190Kw is a nice number in isolation though but like you said. You’ve gota wring it compared to say, a Falcon to get comparable performance. The 3.6 Should be in all of their cars if they’re not going to also offer a diesel or Ecoboost equiv.  Engine.  

          • F1orce

            Actually the 3L SIDI OMEGA has a relatively light 1618Kg kerb weight

            For a big RWD sedan it is lightweight!

            What your saying doesn’t make any sense.. You say you need to ‘wring’ it to get performance?..

            All cars have peak power high in the rev range limit. Whether its a car, bike, lawn mower etc etc you’ll have to ‘wring’ all them for MAX performance!

            Having actually driven the 3L SIDI OMEGA the performance is adequate, if your just cruising it will be revving at a very low rpm, but where it lacks compared with others is when you actually floor the thing, for 190kW and a relativly light weight body and RWD you’d expect strong top end performance, but that wasn’t the case.

          • Chris Buckley

            As always, It’s not just about Kw, It’s about Peak Torque & where it’s delivered. Commodore’s 3.0L Usable torque is too high in the rev range…as a result, the engine works harder to generate it’s stated figures and burn more fuel to do so. This is where Holden could have utilised the 2.0L Turbo from SAAB/Opel to really help them in that area…maybe even the 1.9 TDCI unit.  

          • Karl Sass

            As F1orce said, max torque is @ 2400 which is very good for an NA engine. The issue is that 290nm isn’t enough. It’s also not very refined. The VE Omega was 1690kg from memory, so the VF should be around 1650kg, definitely not 1.8 tonne.

          • Chris Buckley

            Yea I realised I got the max torque@rpm wrong.. I read differently with the VE- it was 2900RPM… not much in it in any case.
            I think  the low down torque of a Turbo would’ve been a better choice. Peak torque from somewhere around 1700RPM and at 330-340Nm…would have been great.. I agree 290 isn’t enough. 

          • horsie

            My VS ute has 185 kw and would blow the doors off a 3.0 Omega . 

          • Karl Sass

            Yes I have seen 2900rpm too somewhere. The LPG engine is better in that respect 320nm @ 2000rpm, or the 3.6 SIDI gives 350nm @ 2800rpm. As you said, turbo engine could still be a good option.

        • Dom Von Hutch

          As pro346 says, it’s front wheel drive! The V6 in the aurion is better though yes. But you can’t get past FWD. Can you imagine if the RS 265 megane was rwd?! It would be better still, and it’s the fwd benchmark. Stop trolling.

        • Jober As A Sudge

          Nothing wrong with the engine as it’s one of the best in it’s class. It’s more the handling that’s the problem with the Camry/Aurion

          • Cars

            +1
            The same engine with different induction and ECU is found in the RWD Lexus IS350. Although it is smaller in size, the 350 would destroy an SS Commodore in speed and handling.

          • Cars

            Must confess, it wouldn’t sound as nice!

          • Karl Sass

            True, but to be fair it’s a smaller car.

        • lee

          But its handling is rather ordinary – will never match the ‘dore (or falcon for matter) 

        • LC

           Their abysmal sales would disagree with you.

    • Zaccy16

      i agree, looks even cheaper than the previous gen base model, front looks to chintzy and korean like the cruze, it looks too long and the back doesn’t match the front styling, dismal effort by holden, ss looks alot better than this and the last gen ss but this base model is a step back i think 

      • $29896495

        You got to remember, no matter what the trim, the body and the BOOT and the nose will stay the same. In profile this car just doesn’t work. The original was beautifully balanced this is, a disaster.

      • Dom Von Hutch

        That dead side on pic does the best for the appearance of the VF that I’ve seen, maybe it’s the red dunno…

        • $29896495

          OH!!! Now I get it, sarcasm.

      • Sam

        There’s that word again, ‘chintzy.’ Do you actually know the meaning of the word?’ Because the front of this is not chintzy at all. 

    • M squared

      I seriously think you don’t know what your talking about i think considering Holden has done a pretty good job as Australians WE should be proud.

      • $29896495

        Proud of what, My Kitchen Rules? The Hills Hoist? The Lawn Mower? The Ute? (By the way, Ford invented the Ute)

  • Lbucce

    wheels are way to small

    • Golfschwein

      That’s easily fixed: just wait for the inevitable Equipe, Vacationer, International and Z Series special editions soon to follow.

    • 42 = The Answer

      They look out of proportion, too much rubber

    • Resident

      Agreed – and that image really shows how much rear overhang the car has too – wow! Doesn’t look so good side-on…

      • Guest

         any more overhang, it’d be ute.  agreed, very awkward-looking in this spec.

    • Zaccy16

      i agree, the car looks much too long with that boot because of this wheels look tiny!

  • supercujo

    Burn it with fire… 

    • supercujo

      That fender vent looks really out of place on a base model car

      • John

         I was just thinking the exact same thing.

  • Devil666

    That’s one ghetto boo-tay!

    • Noddy_of_Toyland

      The rear on the side profile is a prime example of terrible proportions and surfacing.

  • DanM

    That high bonnet, boot and waist-line look totally wrong with those size wheels and tyres. Looks ridiculous.

  • bully hayes

    bad bad bad…

  • Al

    The VE/VF bodyshape has always needed minimum 19″ wheels to really look good. Other than the small wheels, it doesnt look too bad. Keen to see the interior.

  • Me

    This looks like an afterthought; the leftovers once you delete all of the bling from the Luxury / Sport grades.

  • Westie

    Looks unfortunately dull, like the VE Omegas and Berlinas increasingly did. Private buyers didn’t go for them when the SV6 was so little more than an Omega. Or when an iX35 or similar was less.
    Holden seems to have, from VY onwards, styled the SS/SV first, then decontented back to the “family” models.
    I’m yet to be convinced by the exterior of the VF in any guise, though. I guess I’ll have to see it in the flesh to better judge if its visually a Holden, Holdolet or a Holwoo.
    And like most have said, dem wheels is too small!

    • Al Wal

       Most if cars sports models are the best styled, they’re halo models, most of BMW/Merc/Audi’s (for example) range look pretty average in non-sports spec, but look great with the M-Sport/AMG/S-Line bodykits.

      That said, i’d rather a VF Omega on tiny wheels that the hideous mess Hyundai calls an IX35…

      • Dom Von Hutch

        Exactly. Hypothetical, you have a fuel card, but can’t spend more than 35k, you’re driving 5 hours a day in metro areas, vf would be my pick. Best on local roads, most room/comfort and handles predictably. Small wheels are great, within reason, only need big rims for performance / posing.

        • $29896495

          I can think of ten other cars (if not more) that would be better. 

    • Pro346

      Ix35 is butt ugly and sl-oooo-w

  • Clem

    Ugly Dog!!! HOLDEN you are wasting Taxpayer money again.

    • horsie

      get over the tax payer thing. the jobs that it creates is worth it to the economy.  

      • Lindsay

        Paying people to perform uneconomic work is not good for the economy.

        • Clem

          Well said Lindsay! Creating jobs to pay extra bonus to Holden CEOs.
          At the end of the day, the sales might not be so good and that is selfish.

        • Andrew M

          Paying people to stay at home and surf the job pages is even less productive for the economy

          • Mr Guest

            Yeah but it would be cheaper to let them stay at home and surf the net!

        • Karl Sass

          So 50,000 job losses would be good for the economy? It’s much better than the alternative.

  • pixxxels

    The taillights completely destroy the proportions of the rear, making it look fat and saggy and, dare I say, almost ute-ish. Also, the taillights sit relatively higher compared with the headlights, giving it a ass-heavy appearance and making the car look sort of twisted and mangled in profile. The wheels look small, further bloating the profile view. The side vent is tacky and garish on the Calais, let-alone on the base model. 

    The list goes on and on…

    The red doesn’t help, but still… Not good.

    • Chris Buckley

      Gotta Agree.. that rear quarter panel just horrible. That car needs big rims and a body kit to look good. Whatever that model is is Bad. 

  • supercujo

    Did Homer J. Simpson lead the design team for this?

    • Zaccy16

      i think so! probably has the same horn as the homer!

  • TG

    Oh look, a bloated Epica Fail.

    • Zaccy16

      i agree, thats not a good look to have

  • horsie

    maybe those are not the wheels that it will be released with. 

    • Joel G.

       For their sake, i really really hope so. My god, it looks like Epica got sat on….

  • GTuck

    Never have I seen a car so desperately needed larger wheels.

  • Lindsay

    Bleh.

  • Poison_Eagle

    I don’t mind it. Just looks like the outgoing VEII Omega. Rear 3/4 panel is the highlight.

  • Not a lemming

    You guys are so predictable. Holden could have stuck the lion badge on an Evoque or the new Corvette and you would all yawn and say it’s ugly. I don’t get why it’s trendy to hate local cars. You guys are boring, predictable and bleh…

    • delcotexas

      TALL POPPY  syndrome as always  against all local manufacturers, if you don’t like what they build don’t buy it often wonder what all the adverse comment writers drive, having said that I do not have a Ford nor Holden, Toyota in the stable all good local product , I guess I am fortunate that a company provides our family cars……………………….

      • Westie

        As an “adverse comment writer”, I drive an SV6 SII Sportwagon. I believe that gives me some right to comment.
        Would I prefer the VF? Not from what I’ve seen. Would I prefer the VF interior in my car? Absolutely.
        IMHO, and despite Julia’s legislation, I’m still allowed that, I believe the VE is a much better looking effort, and one of the best things to come out of GM globally for decades.

        • $29896495

          Yep, I agree with that. The smart thing might have been to update the dash and leave it at that rather than trying to make it look like  a failed American design.

          • Just saying

            It looks to me like Holden were heavied by GM to make the car look more American, for the American market. From what I’ve read, there aren’t too many fans of the looks of the car in the US. It’s not aggressive enough for them to wear the SS badge. If Holden were left to design this car on their own, I think it would’ve looked different.

          • Robin_Graves

            Same thing happened with the AU Falcon.  Once the seppos stick their noses in the design stage it ends up a shocker.

          • Zaccy16

            i agree, ve had better more aussie lines and looks than this americanised, korean joke!

          • Sam

            Which is it, American or Korean?

        • Igomi Watabi

          I’m sorry, what’s Julia got to do with it?

    • gtrxuone

      Good comment.The majority of the car pictured above will be fleet sales.The look doesn’t really matter.

  • Jober As A Sudge

    Rear of this car just looks odd. Rest of it is so-so though those tiny wheels make it look positively ridiculous!

    • $29896495

      Yeah it just looks wrong. No wonder that other thing didn’t sell.

    • horsie

      Thats exactly what  everyone said about the VT when it came out . but it really grew on everyone

      • $29896495

        You can’t make blanket statements like that. It plainly isn’t true.

  • Jkgh

    I think it looks alright. The colour does not do it any favours though.

  • Barra240t

    I wonder if it parked itself?

  • Ox

    The original Omega looked better than
    this

  • Backyard Enterprise

    I reckon a few people need to chill out….  if you are bashing it based on the side view of the car – note that the shot is warped out of shape due to the way it was taken.

    The shot makes the boot/bum looks massive and wheels small – yet the front three quarter view has it in proportion.

    At worst, the front end looks a little plain – but this is to be expected from a base model.

    At best I think it looks pretty good and I think Holden have done very well getting the car to look as different as it does from the VE considering what they could actually play with.

  • MK1

    Camry please…

  • Nathan

    To just about everyone above: It’s meant to look dull, cheap and plain. It’s the base model ffs. The base model is designed to be as cheap as possible and generally as plain as possible in order to attract fleet sales and decrease production cost. If you want style you buy the luxury or sports variants.

    • $29896495

      Out of balance and ugly. No, they just got it wrong. Remember you’ll be looking at that Kim Cardascian in traffic for a long while. Let alone the poor suckers who buy one. No matter what level of trim, the body is the same. You can try and disguise it but it’s still there.

      • dima

        how many times can you say the same thing?? we get it. you dont like it

        • $29896495

          Well looking back over the entire  page not that many, but as many times as it takes. Do you identify with Kim Cardassians rear or something ?

    • Daniel D

      “To just about everyone above: It’s meant to look dull, cheap and plain.”
      So is a Camry Nathan, but when that starts to look like an exotic next to this Commodre, you have to wonder if they got the design a tad wrong.

  • LowRezFez

    Holden should have kept the disguise on… Vomit!

    • $29896495

      Holden’s version of the family truckster. Just have to remember ALL the versions will have the same out of balance fat ass look in profile and from the rear.

  • Pro346

    Put some cheap aftermarket wheels on it and it would look great! Remember its a base model ! Personally I usually fit my own choice of wheels as soon as I get a car 20*8.5 front and 20*9.5 would look great

    • $29896495

      We can’t be looking at the same car. Is your one red too?

      • Pro346

        Great looking set of wheels can make just about any car look and handle much better….are you trying to tell me some chunky 275 wide rubber on the back wouldn’t make it look better? I guess your happy with some 205 pizza cutters .

        • $29896495

          My tyres are slightly bigger admittedly, but wheels and tyres aren’t the issue. They are about 5%. problem is the disproportionate styling. You’ll go nice wheels, shame about the rest of it. 

        • Daniel D

          20 inch wheels would make this car slower and handle worse. They are a cosmetic item. A HSV is slower around a track with 20 inch wheels, compared to the same car on 19′s.

          If you were looking for the best handling and ride compromise 18 inch is as far as you go. I suspect these wheels are 17 inch which means they are about the right size for the car and a family version where ride comfort and fuel economy are important, but the body just doesn’t have the styling to carry them.

          • Pro346

            16 inch ..17s don’t have that much tyre….you really think that high quality 245/275 tyres would make the car slower? If you have big brakes good luck finding 18s that will clear the brakes ,I can tell you many will not because of spoke clearance and not to mention 20 inch staggered fitment are dirt cheap off the shelf purchase no expensive three price wheels needed.

          • Maz

            Yeah great idea if you want to ruin handling. Fully shick 20″ wheels with 275 on a base Commodore. It would ride like rubbish and looks fairly tosser(ish). Re-Read what Daniel D wrote..

          • dima

            absolute myth! these cars a engineered to ride with 20′s otherwise that size rim wouldnt be an option from the factory. your logic is flawed buddy old school thinking in a big way.
            you can honestly tell me that porsche lambo ferrari all these exotic cars would be offering wheels that will diminish the handling experience?
            dont forget how many hours are spent perfecting the ride and handling at lang lang, id be pretty certain that the engineers would be testing the car with the larger wheel and tyre combo also

  • Dave W

    I saw an orange SS version with DRL on just past Anzac bridge this afternoon. Plate number starts with LL I think. Sorry no picture since I was driving.

    • Daniel D

      Now they have revealed the up spec cars and no doubt read that many people aren’t liking what they see, I wouldn’t be surprised if Holden put an unusually large number of undisguised Commodores on the road between now and the launch date. The theory being the more of them we see, the less controversial they will seem in the styling stakes.

  • bg

    this vf is so disgusting the boot door and the back of it looks absolutely horrendous to me i think that will be the last one made for sure as whatever shape commodore is after this one is something i wouldnt wanna know

  • $29896495

    Well, all Ford have to do now is not screw the next Falcon up, and they should be on a winner. For years Holden have had a better looking car, but this thing even makes the current falcon look good. Just trying to help Ford out I guess.

    • Daniel D

      Your right, but Ford Aust are very good at clutching defeat from the jaws of victory. They will probably under spec the new Falcon and cheapen some part so it prematurely fails and gives the car reliability issues. That is aside from how the bushes already wear out very quickly.

      Not saying Ford can’t build a good quality car, but their accountants always seem to find a way to make sure the final product underwhelms so they can save a dollar.

    • pixxxels

      You’d think, but people work in mysterious ways. The ecoboost Falcon is miles better than the VE Omega, but people and fleets still choose the Holden like 3-1.

      Unfortunately I don’t think the Australian car-buying public reads reviews, drives competitors or thinks very deeply about their purchases.

      • Karl Sass

        …or knows the ecoboost exists.

      • Zaccy16

        Exactly! How hard is it to research before you make the huge thing of buying a new car, or how hard is it to pick up a mag or look on the Internet!

        • $29896495

          Lets face it, there’s a fair few idiot sheep out there. Just willing to be led, don’t want to think, don’t want to achieve, don’t care what’s happening in the world, let alone outside their own front door. Just followers who will buy or vote for the thing or name their TV makes the most noise about.

          They’ll just keep buying Holden because it’s the Australian car.

  • itsme

    Looks just like a dawoe or a epic now

    • Tommmy Condon

      Sorry can you tell me what Daewoo model this car looks like?

      • $29896495

        That would be an Epica in the front and back. Though the new body of the Epica is the one – you know, the Malibu.

    • Daniel D

      The way Daewoo is mentioned on these forums so often, it must have been a well loved brand.

      Pity it doesn’t exist anymore.

    • $29896495

      Is that “epic” fail?

  • Golf

    Big car = big wheels…. small car = small wheels, guess they placed the wrong wheels in…..

  • Nick

    Burn it with fire!!!!

  • Amenta101

    An FG Falcon XT looks more luxurious than this.
    And I say that loosely

    • Zaccy16

      i agree, xt looks decent these days specially with the ecoboost engine!

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

        5 ‘i agree’s’ in one thread… must be a record

      • Daniel D

        Actually the XT these days makes a pretty good showing for itself. There are plenty of worse cars out there in looks and to drive.

  • Willy

    I don’t mind the front end but the rear looks bloated and out of proportion, maybe its the photo?

  • Sven

    As exciting as your average Toyota!

    • Barry

      Liked everything about the VF so far.However the base model Omega looks better in the VE model imo.

      • Stop_the_boats

        Pray tell us Bazza about the myths that the vf daewoo is a gamechanger, developed for the SPECIAL CONDITIONS in oz, korean yankee interior, fat rump, get to centrelnk quick smart so you can get your handout to make a deposit,

        pray it makes the distance off the assembly line, impala 2017 .

        • Daniel D

          Only one person has caps lock issue when typing “special conditions” and that is Golfmother.

          You sir are an imposter.

          • Barry

            Daniel, golfmothers hate for the Australian car industry borders on madness.

          • Stop_the_boats

            The name isn’t golfmother, go to spec savers .

          • Daniel D

            Ok, you sir are an impostor who works for Spec Savers.

        • Barry

          Aka rolfmother.

        • Repus008

          A question for you  “Stop the boats “ is it your opinion that all Holden owners are bogans if so why

          • Stop_the_boats

            Book a trip to Blacktown .

          • Repus008

            Stop the boats Golf mother you are nothing more than an ignoramus  you have got a problem  
            Why dont you take a long drive in your VW off a short pier
            you have an absolute obsession  with your stupid remarks
            thats why you go under so many names get a life you yuppy   

          • Robin_Graves

            So the Golfmother username has been banned.  How many is that now? 8 or 9?  You’ve got some serious issues. Get some help.

        • dima

          they actually have stated that the commodore will be built in australia past 2017. but keep trolling. what is korean yankee??? where in the world is that?

          • $29896495

            You are critical of others aren’t you. The point he is making is that it was designed primarily in the US with a Daewooish flavour to the dash

            his opinion is that it will be an Impala replacing the current up coming commodore as a Commodore. All I know is the General Manager of GMH stated that it will be smaller and front drive on a new platform.

  • StevieP

    Why no interior shots?!

    • horsie

      read the article. the dash was covered

  • StevieP

    Also in Dee Why, I got some photos of the ute and wagon. Sadly, I didn’t get my phone out quickly enough to get some of the SS V sedan.

    • Daniel D

      Steve have you posted all of them anywhere? I liked your photos here as its the first shots we’ve seen of the car in normal surroundings and not staged somehow.

      Really enjoyed seeing them.

  • Found it

    Now I know were the Holden Epica went ….LOL 

    • Doctor

      So George did go for a Tosca (aka Epica)!

  • Rocket

    Will an ugly Commodore still outsell a better looking and more reliable Falcon which is better to drive?

    • Daniel D

      You had me on better looking and then lost me again on reliable.

      • Poison_Eagle

         I’ve seen more 500,000-1,000,000 km Falcons than any other car. If thats not reliable, tell me what is.

  • Bad news

    hate those rims, could of gave it fog lights or leds like the ssv/calais v

  • Rocket

    That SV6 Z 2012 plate is starting to look very attractive on the right side of the screen.

    • $29896495

      Notice they changed the ad?

  • Allay 62

    The side does look terrible, and those terrible tail lights..

  • Sam

    It’s no surprise to see negativity of the Commodore. It doesn’t look terrible, there isn’t much wrong with the front or back. As a fan of Holden and the VF so far, that side profile just doesn’t look right. Clearly it’s aiming for fleet sales. 

  • Rivs

    all the publicity on the Calais and SS, that look awesome and  I couldn’t stop talking about them, and then to see the base model look like this, im a holden man thru and thru but my heart just sank when I seen these photos..holden should be ashamed.  yes it might be a base model for fleet etc, but some of us don’t have the luxury of affording new cars , who have to wait a while until these  cars hit he second hand market and then we will be flooded  with these epica on steroids.
    I thought holden were trying to get buyers back not scare them off.

    • Pro346

      Its only a couple of grand extra for an sv6 if you shop around….wait for some official not spy shots of the car.

      • $29896495

        It seems hard for you to grasp that all the bodies other than trinkets will be the same. They showed the car a certain way to hide what we are seeing now! This is what it looks like! Come back to reality.

        • Pro346

          I think the ss looks great and so do many other people having seen one driving around port Melbourne it really does looks good……can you grasp that ,it would be interesting to know what you drive so I can make fun of it.

          • $29896495

            So you drive one of these? That’s why you are being defensive about how it is so out of balance, only a blind person would think it looks good? (as long as they didn’t touch it) But they aren’t out yet, imagine the kids and people in general in the street, bending over and throwing up as it passes. Quite funny really, but also very very sad. If you have the current model, stick with that, it’s much better balanced and better looking. If you aspire to own something more than your old Gemini, Buy second hand. Again.

          • $29896495

            NO with your usual lack of intelligence you are trying rewrite what I’ve written.”imagine kids and people in general bending over throwing up as it passes”, let me add animals. Generally EVERY living thing reaching at the sight of those mismatched design cues and overly US accents.

          • dima

            dude did you watch the v8 supercars over the weekend? the cars look unreal stop your trolling no one cares. your oppinion is yours to keep. dont force it on others

          • $29896495

            Don’t call me dude dude, I watched it and you and I both know that those cars have very little to do with the actual cars driven on the road, or do you believe they are just the same. They are built to be similar but run different wheel base and track which requires  a shorted body. Nose is different on the tracks as is the rear due to airo testing. 

            This isn’t trolling, if you are so weak willed you feel you will be influenced what people write you shouldn’t read it. The whole point of this blog is sharing opinions and facts. Go back to school.

  • BK

    Put a chev badge on it and it will save some embarrassment for OZ

  • Steve

    Id go as far as saying the 2013 Epica is actually better looking than this.
    Happy to be proven wrong in the flesh however, just like we all were once VY was on the road.

  • peddy.d

    the rear 1/4 of the side shot makes the car look long and heavy especially with those small 16″ wheels, sort of similar to what happend with the WH-WL statesman caprices. I really wouldn’t have minded if they kept the exterior of the VE and put the interior and technology that they’ve integrated in the VF, I don’t want an Epica I want an Australian Commodore!

  • Stop_the_boats

    What a laff , crummer should be binned, quick smart .

    • gtrxuone

      Golfmother you where not gone for long.

      • Daniel D

        I think he is getting worried about being tagged a euro bogan, so hence the name change to something less controversial.

      • Repus008

        His VW probably broke down and held him up

  • Ant10j

    No satnav standard no drl lights cheap looking alloys sorry holden its a step back. Its 2013 drls are standard on 90% of all new cars even the base modle cars. Kia hyundai audi toyota all run drls now.

    • Blueberry

      No they dont. The majority of the makes you mentioned either dont supply DRL’s or provide them with upper spec models

  • Karl Sass

    Definitely a step backwards compared to the VE Omega imo. Why in the world would you allow the base model in that colour? I know the local fire brigade has a few red omegas, but for ‘spy’ shots?
    Those wheels look to be 16′s, same used on the current Omega, but they look much smaller for some reason, maybe just used to looking the the Calais/SS models. VF also seems to be slightly lower than VE, so maybe that accentuates the ‘under tired’ look. Also the side vent looks strange. DRL’s should be standard. I’m hoping it looks better in the flesh.
    For me the Calais is still the looker in the range, still wanting to see the tech specs.

  • surprised holden fan

    I seen this vf on Windsor Rd, Rouse Hill NSW today at 7.10 pm I couldn’t believe my eyes the photos don’t do it justice it looks better in real life!

    • Poison_Eagle

       I saw the purple Calais tonight on the Central Coast. Grille is very striking, first I thought it was an Insignia, but its not bad. Rear light setup wasn’t as good as I’d hoped.

      • Daniel D

        The grill is the only part on the Calais that I don’t like. Great for the Caprice PPV, but looks to cheap for Calais.

    • Karl Sass

      Good to hear, I hope you’re right : )

  • MisterZed

    Looks lovely in Avis red.

  • AJS

    I think it looks pretty good. The rims, as people have already mentioned are a bit on the small side, if they are going to make arches like that I think they need to at least stump up for something a little bigger. At least 17′s. If they are 17′s, 18′s need to be standard to complete the look. Maybe fit standard the ‘Z’ series rims off the current VE Omega? Would definetly fill the space for a more cohesive look. 

    Given how they are taking the VF ‘upmarket’ you would think the taxi spec rims would be obsolete. Then again, fleets are the bread and butter I suppose. I personally like the rear, the tail-lights look okay to me. I think there is some Epica in there, though it really is more Commodore than Epica, with that glasshouse.

  • Peanut

    Why base the styling on the Epica, instant fail.

  • KiddingMe

    Whilst I agree it’s a very horrible looking car, the ‘new generation’ base models, in this case the VF Omega, 50 Series Altise are generally more aimed towards fleet, government and Taxi.

    Just wait for specs and prices of the new VF next model up to come out. The next up will be the Berlina I’d assume with a few more gadgets and priced slightly higher with possibly bigger wheels and a better look. That will be aimed towards your private owner.

    Take fleet away from many of these manufacturers and I’m sure Holden’s 30k Commodores and Toyota’s 36k Camry / Aurion private sales would be well and truly less than half.

    Fords 14k Falcons, NFI where that stands.

    • $29896495

      Last points first. Yes that happened in the january sales I believe. Camry/Aurion sold less than the Falcon. 

      In reference to the look, this car no matter what trim level will have the same body! Don’t you get it? it looks wrong because you can actually SEE it rather supplied GM photos which have picked the best angles, most being front 3/4. nothing in profile. All shots of the boot have been in isolation of the rest of the body. Wake up.

      • KiddingMe

        You didn’t read. My point was, LAST YEAR sales figures were hiddiously low for the Falcon, sold 14k vehicles. Usually with the Camry / Aurion and Commodore, they sell  around the 30k mark and you can judge that the far majority are Fleet sales. When 14k Falcons are sold… I couldn’t tell you if the majority are fleet or private. I’d assume fleet.

        Yes the shells are the same, but add some bigger wheels and smaller profile tyres, fog lights maybe a body kit a cut out in the rear bumper for some exhaust pipes and the car can look a whole lot better.

        Point is, a few styling enhancements can make this bland omega look a whole lot better.

        If this is the Berlina and up… then god help us. But I doubt it.

        • $29896495

          I’ve already written you a completely rational reply, which may be blocked – so let me say this you are mad for thinking that it’s rational to try and pretty up a car that is as yet unreleased because it is ugly and mis-shapen. The body is OUT of BALANCE.

          I wrote that what you thought regarding sales is a proven point. 

          How is any of that NOT reading what you wrote?

    • $29896495

      Speaking of dollars, saw an article today saying the yanks expect to pay 35,000 or less! Suck on that.

      • Daniel D

        I suspect they will be disappointed. More likely to be 45 on the lot. They always low ball prices when they talk about new models in their blogs.

  • Gunghrin

    That side on view shows a seriously significant rear overhang

  • Sumpguard

     Find a new word Zaccy. You’ve done” Chintzy” to death !!

       

    • Jober As A Sudge

      Exactly

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

      i agree

      • Sumpguard

        LoL.  I agree too. Eggzaccy.

    • Karl Sass

      Exzaccy.

  • Maz

    That’s fugly! In red it looks even worse. I don’t know why, but that second pic of the front/grill reminds me of a Great Wall X200… The base model is fugly and side on it looks dopey..

    • Pro346

      Drives a Kia rondo.

  • Joel G.

    Juuuuuuuuuuust great, Holden. Looks about as good as an Epica. I think im finally over my love for the lion badge, this iteration of the commodore is the nail in the coffin. 

  • Sawdan

    Is it a Dae Woo as well?

  • will

    looks like the old daewoo inspired Optima – or whatever it was

  • will

    the old Epica.. thanks JOel G.

  • Apples and Oranges

    Epica, VF side by side view.

    • $29896495

      Yea gads, it’s uncanny. Could be the same car! (Epica might be a bit better balanced though)

      • Anarchy

        I am guessing there is no difference between a cabernet merlot and a cabernet sauvignon because they are both red wines and you prefer beer. Wait for the car to  be at the dealers then do a comparison, not based on phone camera pictures and your opinion.  

        • $29896495

          Should have had had a Malibu would have been one for one. wake from your dream it’s a visual dud. when seen as  a whole. There is NO distortion in those photos. I suspect supplied by Holden. Car Advive?

          • Daniel D

            One of the commenters on here took them. The photos weren’t staged, but obviously letting undisguised preproduction models on the road, is a Holden strategy.

          • $29896495

            yes agree on your last point, still a bit to convenient for me. Obviously they realize now the situation they have them selves in and are drip feeding in an attempt to get everyone to accept it.

          • dima

            they did the same thing with the monaro…its a strategy that holden has used for decades. with ve they had every mule on the road to purposely get caught by us in order to hype it up.  

    • Daniel D

      Dear Lord I wish you hadn’t posted that.

      Ok the VF is an updated Epica.

  • $29896495

    Check out auto guide dot com, interesting story on rear drive . 

  • Henry Wright82

    Guys. I saw this car in the flesh, it looks way better. those photos have come out distorted. Holden will give it 19s in a special pack in about 5sec after launch.

    • $29896495

      Sure every time one comes along we’ll just make sure we look down at the wheels. Not the mismatched front or puffed up back side.

    • Daniel D

      Can’t wait for the Vacationer.

  • Falcongt4me

    If the released Commodore Omega’s insides were covered up, then how come this avid reader of Caradvice didn’t take any pictures of the interior?????
    Seems like the perfect opportunity don’t it????

    Or is Caradvice not posting them for fear of a fallout?

    Come on Caradvice!

    • $29896495

      Holden probably didn’t give them pics of the dash. It’ll be the same as you’ve seen though (the best part of the car) just left glitter and chrome.

  • Tone

    Yikes.  That’s almost AU Falcon ugly.

  • Lost it

    At least it parks by itself…… You can now get out and run up the road, before someone see’s you in it.

  • Me

    VF versus VE red omega profile (as close to the same angle as I could find).

    • $29896495

      Shows what a good design the original was. That rear more than anything is just terrible on the coming car. A lot of people aren’t going to be seeing much out the back, so I suspect all cars with have a reversing camera.

    • MisterZed

      That’s an old VE Omega – they haven’t had black door handles or mirrors for about 5 years now.

      • Me

        Yes, it is a 2006 model.

    • Me

      Rear quarter shot.

      • $29896495

        The original is much better resolved. Cleaner etc etc

      • Karl Sass

        That’s a series 1, the series 2 had a small inbuilt lip spoiler and a smaller badge. Good comparison shots though.

      • Poison_Eagle

         Really looks like a Mazda 3, the VE is so much more cohesive. The VF looks like it was subjected to hundreds of US blue rinse clinics.

    • Daniel D

      The side vent looks like it is stuck on crooked. Doesn’t follow the line of the front door. Interesting to see that the base now gets painted mirror covers and door handles.

    • dima

      vf front wheel is turned out making the gap look much bigger than it is. vf sits lower than ve and has bigger wheel than ve its design is much fresher aswell. rear is probably the sexiest part of it. huwtm you’re just a troll who will never be able to afford one and so you sit on hear and pick apart a design that you have no idea about. vehicles have moved on from the fridge like designs of old. they have lines and sculptered body panels to keep the eye moving. the boot is designed in an aerodynamic way so that the air flicks off in order to reduce drag hence reducing fuel consumption. ride height is lowered for the same effect. the rear bumper also extends beyond the rear mufflers so that the underside of the car is also aerodynamic. but you dont see that… you see a lion badge and you go to town.

      • $29896495

        You are simply – simple or is that nuts. Ok it’s your opinion wrong though it is. It was designed as was the dash to mimic the Malibu to soften the market for the release of that car. Now that car has failed in the US, and as misguided as GM is they decided to do the only smart thing they could and that was redesign the grill and the dash? (same dash as our como was based on) Mean while they have lumbered us with a Malibu front and back on our previously stylish Commodore. You may choose to like it when most other don’t, but just because people disagree with you doesn’t make it trolling. It makes you wrong and them right. In reference to design I take it you’ve never seen a porsche. You are obviously immature with no taste. 

  • Steve

    i previously said it looked like the 2013 Epica..my apologies its of course ‘Malibu’ now. 
    Like the car but wish they’d use a different name. 

  • terri7

    Shades of Daewoo and Hyundai jelly-bean styles before they learnt how to crease metal. Very bland and cheap looking. Current model has arresting styling, this is just a nothing car.

  • A.

    (Rolling eyes over)Tell me that’s a new Aurion, not VF Commodore. 

  • Dennis

    Here is a better Pic of the Side Profile.

    Image has had the contrast fixed. Plus the wheels have been made bigger.

    • $29896495

      It doesn’t look any better.

    • Karl Sass

      That looks much better. It’s amazing the wheels make that much of a difference.

      • Me

        I agree, the bigger wheels are a vast improvement.

    • Gibwater

      It looks just like the other shot.

      The side-on shot is obviously not its best angle.

  • terri7

    It has a full nappy, as they say.

  • Rocket

    Excuses for the bad look of this car as follows.

    Bad photos
    Small wheels
    Red
    Koreans designed it for America

    Next we will be told Ford made it and put Holden badges on it.

    • $29896495

      I like your last one, I can believe some of these people would be getting around to writing that.

  • Gibwater

    After seven years,it should be a lot more differanter. The interier is the best part of the car.

    • Guest

      Much more gooder? 

      • Gibwater

         Overall,the VF is not the marvelloustest Holden ever lol.

  • blackmagic

    I have found the new Toyota Aurion, Holden Commodore, Nissan Altima are all lacking design, i’m a Toyota Aurion sx6 owner and when i seen the new Toyota Aurion released last year i was shocked how hopeless it looked (SX6 rear end). The Holden Commodore lacks design  improvements and looks America (an we all know American’s can not design cars, only good engines) the Nissan Altima just does not work at all. i think the new Mazda 6 is a winner for design it maybe slow but looking great inside and outside. It has European design not american, look at the dash, looks like a BMW, the front and rear is very attractive. everyone has there own view point and i’m not a designer but from my personal point of view the mazda 6 is a winner on design and the Aurion’s V6 engine is a great engine which demand more respect for it being super smooth 

  • Al Tungupon

    Toyota should bring in the Crown.

    • Poison_Eagle

       Correction : Toyota needs to bring in THIS Crown. Beav city drivin’ that around.

      • $29896495

        The current Crown is a pretty cool car. Yes, it should come back. This one too.

  • Repus008

    I think it is better to see it in the  metal as they say you can never tell by photos

  • Analyser

    It is sad how this car is always been behind on technology and looks, I just do not understand why wouldn’t they come up with a design that truely encourages people to buy it. I see this car more like engine but nothing else! Quality, Finish and Design have been the major setbacks and the reason why this car does not hold it’s value! 

  • Lol

    Ugly…

  • $29896495

    lets look at this another way. Say they don’t sell many because the thing just looks appalling. What then? There will be no jobs.

    Having more manufacturers assemblers would help. They should ask around get some like Datsun to come back.

  • Stop_the_boats

    Ahh the bogan responds, seen the inside of your barge, nothing remarkable, cheap tacky plastics and a handbrake from uncle petes, 

    bag of bolts engine, seen biycycles go faster, watch the resale  of your crummer plummet with the intro of the malibore, slurps fuel like a tanker, trying visiting the gulf of mexico, 

    hows the hsv habibi bodykit .

  • Captain Nemo®™

     Still grinding that axe hey Bungel but under a different name, so many names.  Life must be so boring working in that grimy pot shop in Gougar St and living in a bogan suburb like Payneham.  You need to get rid of some of that bitterness.