With the VE Commodore finally in full swing, and production having started on the VE Ute, the last VZ Commodore – a white wagon, rolled off the production line on the 6th of September marking the end of an era.
In total, over 1.2 million VT series derivatives (including Commodore, Ute, Monaro, Pontiac GTO and long wheel base models) were built at GM Holden’s Elizabeth vehicle assembly plant in South Australia.
The VT Commodore helped pave the way for many of the features we see in the current VE and WM models of today. The VT featured many Australian ‘firsts’ such as traction control, a feature now included as standard on all of Holden’s Australian-made cars as well as electronic stability program (ESP) which was standard on all VZ Commodore Acclaim and Calais models.
Rod Keane, Executive Director – Manufacturing, GM Holden says that today was not so much the end of an era, but more a sign of a new beginning for Holden’s Vehicle Operations.
Since the launch of VT Commodore in 1997, the Commodore has remained the best selling passenger vehicle in Australia and is currently on track to retain that title for the twelfth consecutive year.
Holden expects by mid 2008, half of all the cars built at Elizabeth will be exported under a total of five GM brand names including Pontiac, Chevrolet, Vauxhall, Daewoo and of course, Holden.