The last Holden VE Commodore has rolled off the production line in South Australia as the local manufacturer gears up for the launch of the all-new VF Commodore.
The Chlorophyll green Holden Commodore SS Z Series automatic sedan pictured is the last of more than 520,000 VEs to leave Holden Vehicle Operations in Elizabeth since the start of production in 2006.
More than 350,000 VE Commodores and derivatives have been sold in Australia in that time, while more than 170,000 have been exported to five continents, including utes to South Africa, sedans to the Middle East and Brazil, long-wheelbase police vehicles to the US, and Pontiac G8 and Vauxhall VXR8 performance models to the US and the UK.
Famously dubbed Holden’s ‘billion-dollar baby’, the local car maker referred to the VE “the most Australian Commodore” in history, and a rolling showcase for the company’s design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities.
The quality of VE and Holden’s engineering team was acknowledged globally, with the car’s architecture forming the basis of the Chevrolet Camaro muscle car.
The VE Commodore also boasts an unrivalled motorsport record for the nameplate. After winning on debut at the 2007 Clipsal 500, the VE went on to win 103 V8 Supercar series races and three Championships, and is the only model to have won four consecutive Bathurst 1000s.
Holden manufacturing executive director Richard Phillips described the VE Commodore as a “landmark achievement for Holden”.
“The company’s first ‘clean-sheet’ design allowed our team to show the world what Holden was capable of and the result was, and remains, a stunning car,” Phillips said.
“It’s a bittersweet moment to be marking the end of VE production. It’s been such a great product for us and there’s so much pride around the VE here in the plant, but at the same time we’re excited about the future and the entire Holden team is energised by the imminent launch of the fantastic new VF Commodore.
“The VF is the most advanced car ever created in this country, a car that takes the winning values and trademark driving dynamics of the VE and elevates it to a new level of luxury, technology and sophistication.”
The Commodore is longest standing and most successful nameplate in Holden’s history. Almost three million Commodores have been produced since 1978 when the VB first rolled off the production line.