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Chevrolet SS confirmed to gain manual option, magnetic ride suspension and new colours

The Australian-made Holden Commodore model that is exported to the US as the Chevrolet SS is about to get a number of new options. Sections of a fleet order sheet published on US site Jalopnik confirms CarAdvice's previous report that the Chevrolet SS will gain a manual transmission option, as well as HSV's magnetic ride control system...

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Holden Commodore Craig Lowndes Special Edition tipped for October
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Holden Commodore Craig Lowndes Special Edition tipped for October

A special edition Holden Commodore celebrating 20 years since three-time V8 Supercars champion Craig Lowndes first drove for the local lion is expected to launch just in time for this year's Bathurst 1000. Publicised early on a Holden dealer's Facebook page, the Special Edition Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore is yet to be officially announced by Holden, but we understand it will be based on the existing SS V Redline...


Holden Commodore Review : SS Storm
Rating: 8.510 /10
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Holden Commodore Review : SS Storm

Limited edition variations of the Holden Commodore come around so often that any claims of ‘limited’ supply are a bit of a stretch. No matter, though, because this latest Commodore Storm continues the trend of offering private buyers usually optional equipment as standard...

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$45,190

Holden Commodore SV6 Sportwagon v Skoda Octavia RS : Comparison review
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Holden Commodore SV6 Sportwagon v Skoda Octavia RS : Comparison review

Traditional family wagons are almost a niche product these days, given how few are sold compared with SUV models of varied sizes. The Holden Commodore SV6 Sportwagon and Skoda Octavia RS are here for the SUV-rejectors, however. Each is priced close to $40,000 and aim to rival high-riding faux-offroaders for practicality then trounce them for driving enjoyment...


Holden Commodore, Caprice: 40,000 cars recalled over potential wiring fault
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Holden Commodore, Caprice: 40,000 cars recalled over potential wiring fault

Holden has recalled more than 40,000 Commodore and Caprice models after detecting a potential safety issue with the vehicles’ seats. The recall affects all 2014 model year VF Commodore and WN Caprice models, numbering 41,933 in total, and relates to the vehicles’ four-, six- and eight-way adjustable front seats...


Hennessey HPE1000 Chevrolet SS : Tuned Commodore gets 746kW twin-turbo 7.0L V8
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Hennessey HPE1000 Chevrolet SS : Tuned Commodore gets 746kW twin-turbo 7.0L V8

American sports car tuner Hennessey Performance has released a monstrous version of the Holden Commodore-based Chevrolet SS with more power than the original Bugatti Veyron. The Hennessey HPE1000 trades the Australian-made Chevrolet SS’s regular 310kW 6.2-litre LS3 V8 for a ballistic 746kW (1000hp) twin-turbocharged 7...


Holden Commodore SS Storm and SV6 Storm added to local line-up
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Holden Commodore SS Storm and SV6 Storm added to local line-up

In a flash the Holden Commodore SS and SV6 models have been replaced with two slightly different models - the Holden Commodore SS Storm and the Holden Commodore SV6 Storm. Holden's two new Storm models - which take the place of the existing Commodore SV6 and Commodore SS models for the next few months as special edition models - gain a number of styling and equipment tweaks over the existing well-equipped large sedans, including new-look 18-inch alloy wheels and front fog-lights with chrome trimming...


Chevrolet SS gains six-speed manual option, magnetic ride suspension - report
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Chevrolet SS gains six-speed manual option, magnetic ride suspension - report

The Holden Commodore that is exported to the US as the Chevrolet SS will soon be available with a six-speed manual transmission and magnetic ride suspension. Motor Trend reports a General Motors insider has confirmed the Chevrolet SS will soon be offered with a new stick-shift and adjustable suspension options after almost a year on sale in the world's second largest car market...


Collingwood Edition Holden Commodore released
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Collingwood Edition Holden Commodore released

They’ve long been the butt of offensive and often unfair jokes, but Collingwood fans are now being spoilt rotten - first discounted dental, and now with the chance to make a mark with a limited edition Holden Commodore. The Holden VF Commodore can now be enhanced with an option package, to commemorate the car maker's sponsorship of the Collingwood Football Club...


Holden design studio to survive beyond 2017
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Holden design studio to survive beyond 2017

Holden will continue to design cars beyond 2017, but the vehicles will be advanced styling previews for models that could be sold around the world in the likes of North America, China, India and in some cases Australia. The confirmation follows last December’s announcement that Holden would cease local manufacturing in three years’ time and secures 140 jobs in the year the Port Melbourne-based design studio celebrates its 50th year...


New Car Safety Technology: NRMA Crashed Car Showroom
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New Car Safety Technology: NRMA Crashed Car Showroom

Car safety technology has come a long way over the years. In Australia new cars are generally well equipped and manufacturers are working hard to score five-star ANCAP ratings for new models. But recent research by NRMA Insurance has found the overwhelming majority of people don't feel they know enough about car safety.


Car sales February 2014 : winners and losers
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Car sales February 2014 : winners and losers

Sales of the Holden Commodore continued to surge in February, the first full month of sales since the brand's local manufacturing closure announcement, tallying 2777 units (60.2 per cent up on February 2013) for a 51.7 per cent increase year to date...


Holden Commodore will still be designed for Australia from 2017
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Holden Commodore will still be designed for Australia from 2017

General Motors' Australian design centre will still have a hand in styling the next Holden Commodore despite last year's announcement that the large car will no longer be made locally from 2017. General Motors executive vice president of design Ed Welburn told CarAdvice at this week's 2014 Detroit motor show that future Holden product can still be designed locally if it isn’t produced locally...


Callaway SS: Yanks tune Commodore to 425kW
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Callaway SS: Yanks tune Commodore to 425kW

American sports car tuner Callaway has produced an uprated version of the Holden Commodore-based Chevrolet SS performance sedan with power to rival the HSV GTS. The Callaway SS features a supercharged version of the regular Chevrolet's 6.2-litre 'LS3' V8, boosting its output from 310kW and 563Nm to 425kW and 725Nm...


Chevrolet SS: US may consider manuals, more powerful variants
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Chevrolet SS: US may consider manuals, more powerful variants

Calls for more power and manual transmissions from Chevrolet SS customers in the US may encourage the American brand to discuss an expansion of its partnership with Holden and sister company HSV...


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 International special edition celebrates 35 years
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Holden Commodore International special edition celebrates 35 years

The Holden Commodore International special edition has been released to mark the 35th anniversary of the iconic Australian-made large car. The VF Commodore International is available in $36,990 sedan and $38,990 Sportwagon body styles, making it $2000 more than the entry-level Evoke on which it’s based. LPG is a $2500 option on both variants...


Holden VF Monaro: secret designs of stillborn coupe revealed
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Holden VF Monaro: secret designs of stillborn coupe revealed

A stillborn Holden VF Monaro project has been revealed by design company Dsine International. Created in secret by two leading Holden designers, Peter Hughes and Simon Gow, in conjunction with Dsine International, the digital rendering of a slick, B-pillar-less two-door version of the VF Commodore was shown via a 360-degree video on Dsine International's Facebook page today...


Holden Commodore turns sales tide as Ford Falcon sinks
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Holden Commodore turns sales tide as Ford Falcon sinks

The Holden Commodore has outsold traditional rival Ford Falcon by almost five to one, with the VF generation tallying 2827 units in July and boosting year-on-year performance by 17.8 per cent. Conversely, with a new record low of 594 sales, sales of the five-year-old FG generation Falcon are down 36.9 per cent for the month...


Holden Commodore SS V Redline Review
Rating: 910 /10
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Holden Commodore SS V Redline Review

A Holden Commodore tuned for the racetrack, but with a circular centre badge missing a racing helmet beside the lion, is whole a new thing. Indeed the Holden Commodore SS V Redline is not only the first Holden engineered for track work in decades, but it's also the first Commodore to shuffle towards Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) territory in terms of both performance and price...

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$48,990 to $55,690

Holden Commodore SS Walkinshaw Performance W310 pack released
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Holden Commodore SS Walkinshaw Performance W310 pack released

Walkinshaw Performance has released the W310 performance package for the all-new Holden VF Commodore SS. The first enhancement package developed for the VF Commodore by the Melbourne-based Holden tuner and the first in the new ‘W Series’ of upgrades, the W310 pack combines a host of mechanical enhancements to boost the 6...


Auto advocate Kim Carr reappointed industry minister, Holden maintains support call
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Auto advocate Kim Carr reappointed industry minister, Holden maintains support call

Kim Carr has been reappointed as the Minister for Industry, Innovation, Science and Research in the federal parliament as part of a new-look Rudd government ministry. Carr has previously managed the portfolio that directly affects the local automotive industry between 2007 and 2011, before being replaced by Greg Combet...


Holden Commodore Ute Nurburgring run confirmed at last
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Holden Commodore Ute Nurburgring run confirmed at last

Holden has officially confirmed a Holden VF Commodore Ute has made a lap record attempt at Germany's famous Nurburgring circuit – nearly two months after CarAdvice reported it. Sources had revealed a time around the 21km-long circuit of "about 8min 20sec" and Holden says the Ute's exact time was 8min 19.47sec...


Holden Commodore Evoke Sportwagon v Mazda 6 Touring: Comparison Review
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Holden Commodore Evoke Sportwagon v Mazda 6 Touring: Comparison Review

It's comparison round three for the new Holden Commodore. After proving superior to its six-cylinder arch rival in round one, and in V8 specification just beating a top-notch hot-hatch in round two, the Commodore now battles off with one of the best load-luggers in the business. The Holden Commodore Evoke Sportwagon kicks off at $36,990, or $2000 more than the sedan...


Holden Commodore SS v Renault Megane RS: Comparison Review

Holden Commodore SS v Renault Megane RS: Comparison Review

There are good reasons for putting the Holden Commodore SS up against the benchmark hot-hatch. The Holden Commodore SV6 has already fought off its ageing rear-wheel-drive rival (see here), and reduced pricing in the VF Commodore range sees the V8 grades slip below $45,000. The Holden Commodore SS can be purchased for $41,990, but the SS V we’re driving here is $45,490...

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$44,190

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

Luxury for less is the Holden VF Calais and Calais V pitch and that's exactly how it translates. The Holden VF Calais is priced from $39,990 – a reduction of $8000. As with the entry-level Evoke it includes front and rear parking sensors, a reverse camera and auto-park capability...

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$39,990 to $52,990