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Holden VE, VF Commodore and WM, WN Caprice models recalled

A second recall for the Holden VF Commodore and WN Caprice in the space of a month has been announced, with the latest problem centred around the car's windscreen wipers...

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Holden records biggest ever loss - $553.8 million in 2013
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Holden records biggest ever loss - $553.8 million in 2013

Holden has recorded its biggest ever financial loss in the wake of its announcement that it would cease local manufacturing. The Australian arm of General Motors recorded a net loss after tax of $553.8 million in calendar year 2013, with enormous one-off costs incurred following the announcement the brand intended to stop manufacturing its cars by the end of 2017...


Holden Commodore repasses Cruze as company's best-seller
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Holden Commodore repasses Cruze as company's best-seller

The Holden Commodore has recorded its best sales result for more than two years to re-establish itself as the company’s best-selling model. Official industry figures released today have revealed Holden sold 3315 Commodores in October 2013. It’s the large car’s best monthly performance since the 3712 units of September 2011...


Holden Commodore SV6 v Ford Falcon XR6: Comparison Review
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Holden Commodore SV6 v Ford Falcon XR6: Comparison Review

Holden Commodore versus Ford Falcon – a decades-old stoush ends here. On the day of the Holden VF Commodore launch it was announced that the Ford Falcon would be killed off when the Australian manufacturing operations wind down in October 2016. This seemingly straightforward comparison test between two old foes suddenly asked for a new angle...


Holden VF Commodore: Chevrolet SS stars in ad to debut before Origin II
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Holden VF Commodore: Chevrolet SS stars in ad to debut before Origin II

A 90-second commercial for the Holden VF Commodore championing the car's US export program will debut before the second State of Origin match on June 26. The commercial highlights the new Holden Commodore SS and Calais sedans that launched in Australia earlier this month, before crossing to the other side of the world to showcase the VF-based Chevrolet SS sedan, which will go on sale in the US in the final quarter of this year...


Holden VF Commodore: optional design packs added
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Holden VF Commodore: optional design packs added

Design accessory "packs" have been released for the Holden VF Commodore range, designed to increase the level of personalisation compared with previous models. Dubbed “Design Packs” that are available in numbered “stages”, they group accessories together for a single price on sports models only, including SV6, SS, SS V and SS V Redline...


Chevrolet SS priced from US$44,470
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Chevrolet SS priced from US$44,470

Americans will be forced to pay more for the Chevrolet SS than Australians fork out for its V8-powered Holden VF Commodore SS equivalent, though the US version is the clear value leader of the pair. Chevrolet has confirmed the SS performance sedan will cost US$44,470 ($45,700) when it goes on sale in the final quarter of 2013, eclipsing the $41,990 starting price of the Commodore SS that launches across Australia this month...


Holden VF Calais Review
Rating: 910 /10
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Holden VF Calais Review

Calais finds its calling card with reduced prices and increased class.

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$39,990 to $52,990

Holden VF Commodore SS Review
Rating: 910 /10
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Holden VF Commodore SS Review

Commodore SS is a supreme, super sports sedan in VF guise.

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$41,990 to $51,490

Holden VF Commodore Evoke Review
Rating: 810 /10
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Holden VF Commodore Evoke Review

The new base Commodore is no fleet special and proves there's no weak link in the VF line-up.

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$34,990

Holden VF Commodore: model-by-model guide
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Holden VF Commodore: model-by-model guide

Model-by-model specifications have been released for the Holden VF Commodore range that goes on sale in June. As previously confirmed, the new Holden Commodore sedan and Sportwagon are between $5000 and $9800 cheaper than before, the Ute variants up to $5000 less expensive, and the long-wheelbase Caprice variants $10,000 easier on the hip pocket than the VE family...


Holden VF Commodore: the engineering story
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Holden VF Commodore: the engineering story

The Holden VF Commodore demanded a culture change within the company's local engineering department. According to vehicle systems manager Andrew Holmes, for the first time ever weight-saving became obsessive and every engineer designing a new part was told it had to weigh less than the old one...


Holden VF Commodore: engines and fuel consumption
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Holden VF Commodore: engines and fuel consumption

While the engines in the Holden VF Commodore have carried over largely unchanged from the VE, the introduction of lightweight technologies and improved aerodynamics help to deliver fuel consumption and emissions reductions across the range. The all-new entry-level Holden Commodore Evoke sedan is the most fuel efficient in the line-up...


Holden VF Commodore scores five-star ANCAP safety rating
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Holden VF Commodore scores five-star ANCAP safety rating

The Holden VF Commodore has been awarded a five-star ANCAP safety rating, earning praise from the independent local crash-tester for its wide range of driver assist technologies and global safety focus. The all-new Commodore scored 35.06 points out of 37, scoring maximum points in all but the frontal offset crash test component where it managed 14...


Holden VF Commodore production begins
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Holden VF Commodore production begins

Full-scale production of the Holden VF Commodore started at the brand's manufacturing facility in South Australia today. The local car maker wasted no time in adding the all-new large car to the Holden Vehicle Operations (HVO) assembly line in Elizabeth, with the final previous-generation VE Commodore rolling out of the factory last Friday...


Holden VF Commodore: pricing and specifications
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Holden VF Commodore: pricing and specifications

Official pricing and specifications have been revealed for the new Holden VF Commodore range that will offer new levels of value and technology when it goes on sale in June. The pricing for the VF line-up brings no surprises after an information leak earlier this week, with Holden confirming a new, lower starting point of $34,990 and reductions of up to nearly $10,000 depending on variant...


Holden VF Commodore: prices cut by up to $10,000
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Holden VF Commodore: prices cut by up to $10,000

The new Holden VF Commodore sedan will cost $5000 to $10,000 less the old model when it goes on sale in June. Pricing for the new-generation large car has leaked in Australian newspapers ahead of official details being released on May 10. Media including CarAdvice had been provided pricing and specification details under embargo, though the catalyst for the leak appears to be a Holden dealer conference that took place last Friday night...


Holden VF Commodore Ute clocks 8min 20sec at Nurburgring
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Holden VF Commodore Ute clocks 8min 20sec at Nurburgring

The new Holden VF Commodore Ute has lapped Germany's famous 21km Nurburgring circuit in about 8 minutes, 20 seconds as part of a promotional stunt for the new-generation model...


HSV GTS: 430kW supercharged V8 muscle car details leaked
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HSV GTS: 430kW supercharged V8 muscle car details leaked

The HSV GTS will become the most powerful production car in Australia's history when the 430kW monster launches later this year. It's news that has been a poorly kept secret and HSV's plans to contain details of its new Gen-F range have been dealt a further blow with the blatant breech of an official media embargo by an Australian car magazine...


HSV Gen-F Commodore: new series name for fastest Holdens
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HSV Gen-F Commodore: new series name for fastest Holdens

Holden Special Vehicles has confirmed its new HSV Commodore range based on the new VF model will be called Gen-F when they go on sale in June. The performance arm of Holden called its VE Commodore-based cars E Series 1 to 3 through their lifecycle, though for VF (SS V model pictured below) HSV has opted for the Gen-F name to avoid naming rights clash with Ford’s famous big utes and motorsport’s premier racing category...