Inside The Holden VF Commodore: More Tech Than Ever Before

Holden pulled the covers off the next-generation of the Commodore over the weekend, and the good news for us is that it's the most tech-charged Commodore yet. Jump into the driver's seat with us as we take the VF Commodore's tech to the red line.

The Tech

The VF Commodore is loaded to the eyes with new technology never before seen on Commodore models in Australia. Holden showed off the Calais V model yesterday before the VF Commodore's official launch later on in the year.

Starting with the exterior tech, Holden re-engineered the bodywork on the Commodore to make it lighter, and it succeeded on the VF. The bodywork is a lighter aluminium which, paired with the more aerodynamic design, makes the car faster and more fuel efficient.

It's no Bond car as far as gadgets are concerned, but it's close. Auto-park assist -- a feature which guides your car into tight spaces -- will be standard on all models rather than an optional extra.

The Holden MyLink system is back, this time updated with new hardware and software to make it faster and better to use, and the VF also comes with keyless entry and keyless start as standard, too. Auto-park assist doesn't do all the heavy lifting when it comes to parking, though. The driver still needs to work the pedals but the car's computer takes over to operate the steering wheel.

The Commodore is also smarter this time around, thanks to lasers all over the car which constantly scan the environment. It's like having parking sensors on steroids.

This spatial awareness is deployed in a few different features. The wing mirrors, for example, constantly scan the VF's rear blind spots to detect when a car moves out of the driver's field of vision. When it detects a car in the blind spot, a small alert is displayed on the wing mirror to alert the driver that there is a car they can't spot. A feature called Reverse Traffic Alert lets you know when another car is reversing out of a car space behind you.

Other safety features include features you'd find on the Holden Cruze sedan like Forward Collision Alert that lets you know if you're likely to hit the car in front in the event of a sudden stop, as well as Lane Departure Warning which lets you know when you're straying away from where you should be on the road.

The VF also throws information like speed onto the windscreen via a head-up display -- something you'd expect to find on higher-end sports sedans.

Interestingly, rather than import a car from the GM stables to be re-engineered for the Australian market like the Chevrolet Volt or like Ford is doing with the Ranger, Holden will actually export the VF Commodore to the US, where it will be sold as the Chevrolet SS Sports Sedan.

The Design

On the design front, almost every facet of the Commodore has been redesigned from the VE to the VF. The centre console array, the instrument panel, the cockpit, the seats and textures right down to the gear shifters and switches have been overhauled for the next-gen Commodore.

The instrument panel was redesigned so that gear like the infotainment system, climate control settings and other car controls would be merged into the one area for ease of access, much like on Holden's electric sedan, the Volt. All this new tech -- as well as the holders and storage nooks -- are lit up with soft blue lights like a funky cocktail bar.

Interestingly, Holden has done away with a handbrake lever on the new VF Commodore, opting instead for a push-button park brake mounted on the dashboard, which is also reminiscent of its electric Volt. No more handbrake turns, you petrol heads.

On top of all that, there are comfy new seats, a redesigned steering wheel with new electronic media controls, and power window switches on the armrests.

Outside the car, halogen projector lamps throw a pool of "bladed light" onto the tarmac, while LED lamps skirt the air intakes.

The Price

Holden are yet to announce pricing or engine specifications just yet, saying that they'll come to us closer to the vehicle's launch date later on in the year.

As far as HSV performance cars are concerned, tune in Friday for the launch of the new sportier Commodore SS.


    Looks like Holden went to a garage sale at Toyota...

    Aurion, anyone?

      From the back I thought it looked like a Jetta for a sec...

        Sorry looks like Accord US version from the front.

        Where's the SS and HSV's as that's all I'm interested in seeing.

          February 15, to be released along side the Chevy SS version, something tells me it will look a lot more aggressive or they would've unveiled them all at the same event.

          Definately looks like a toyota. Not sure i like it, i love the tech thats in it. Brilliant that its in all models rather then the top of the range.

          "As far as HSV performance cars are concerned, tune in Friday for the launch of the new sportier Commodore SS"

          Did you read the whole article? Or are your eyes painted on?

            It would be more relevant to split that comment since HSV are not responsible for SS models.

            Holden make the SS

            HSV's base model is the Clubsport (R8 nowadays)

      I can't see the tiniest resemblance to any Toyota in this car and you'd really have to squint hard to see much Jetta in the back, too. If anything, the front reminds me of the previous generation Statesman (WK, which was based on the VT Commodore) and the back looks very Opel-like, with the deep cut-out in the bumper for the boot lid. The vents behind the front wheel arches are pure Jaguar, although they also remind me of Opel's blade styling. The tail lights are a little like the Kia Koup's but you can see those kinds of resemblances everywhere you look. Overall there is no mistaking what it is. The front is a little bland, but hopefully the SS will have something a little more tasty, but from teh rear I reckon it looks sensational.

        I totally agree with the Opel comment. Looks like the tail lights straight off an Astra J.

        I went to a very early prototype testing event. If the SS hasn't changed much since then, they look awesome. They have a bit of "whale mouth" going on - the front grill is huge, but other than that they are great.
        The interior feels a bit cramped compared to my VE SV6.
        My only real complaint is the sedan brake lights remind me too much of a mazda 6. But that could be just me.

        Glad they moved the cruise control buttons (I'm taking credit for that one).
        As for how it drives, with all this gadgetry only time will tell

      I can't agree more Holden need to forget the commodore design there OWN medium rear wheel drive 4 clynder sedan or wagon with a v8 v6 performance option that way it's economical and the bogans like me would be happy

        The problem is that until last year the medium segment was in even worse shape than the large segment, plus there is a lot more competition. For some reason, the medium segment actually grew a little in 2012 but I doubt it will be able to do it again. If you look at the Top 10 sellers every month, you almost never see a medium car there. Occasionally Camry scrapes in but it has almost half the market. Holden would struggle to make any in-roads there, I reckon.

    Shouldn't this be marked as "advertisement"?

      Why? It's highlighting the technology that Holden have incorporated into their Commodore.


        Don't really see where Giz was advertising for Holden. They are an Aussie tech blog reporting on the technology improvements to an Aussie made car.

      Definitely an informative article about all the technological features. Nothing about its engine or how fast it is etc. Great stuff Luke.

        Read closer before you open your mouth, mate.

        Holden are yet to announce pricing or engine specifications just yet, saying that they’ll come to us closer to the vehicle’s launch date later on in the year.

          I wasn't aware people typed with their mouths open....

          Have I been doing it wrong all this time?

          That's great advice! And thanks for following the comments Luke, I think you've really added to quality and tone of the conversation!

    also looks a little Kizashi like at the front...

    Fixes two of the problems I have with the current gen. The horrible thumb pinching hand brake, and the cruise control that requires you to take your hand off the wheel to set or resume.

      Never really thought about the issue with cruise control... and never had a problem with the hand brake... I hate the touch screen it should be easy to use...

      Yes the cruise control! Glad someone feels my pain. Biggest pet peeve. First thing I mentioned to them at the focus group...

    As far as HSV performance cars are concerned, tune in Friday for the launch of the new sportier Commodore SS.

    FYI - HSV do not make the Commodore SS

    Not sure what all the haters are trolling on about. I think the car looks great the the fact that it's Aussie built and being exported will be great for our economy, particularly for those who actually work in the industry. I for one am glad that the Commordore is final stepping up, and possibly over, the standards of technology now found in most modern international cars.

    No handbrake lever but a button instead... so at the lights... you've got to sit there with your feet on the brakes? So what about hill starts?


      Have you not used a push button HB before?

      I can't be sure in this case, but Subaru have had handbrake buttons for a few years now. They have a "smart hill start" system, where it will automatically disengage the handbrake if you're in first and you start accelerating. I was pretty sceptical of it initially, but it seems to work fairly well.

        Yeah my Kia Optima has it and it works pretty well. From memory it keeps the brakes applied for 2 seconds after you release the brake pedal until you apply the accelerator. In my case I don't think it actually uses the hand brake (my hand brake is not electronic).

        Wouldn't that be a bad idea if you went from one car to another and forgot that the car needed the hand brake pulled up?

      If there is a button for the handbrake, we can probably assume you can't activate it while in motion and 99% of them will be auto, why doesn't the handbrake just automatically engage when the car is put in Park?

      Volkswagon Passat 2011 CCX doesn't even have a handbrake. The car automatically engages the handbrake when you come to a complete stop, and then disengages the handbrake when you press the accelerator. No need for any button at all. Mind you it does feel wierd that you can't easily roll forward at the lights etc...

    Meh, they can tart up the Commodore as much as they want, it'll still be the transport of choice for bogans and Bathurst-wannabes.

      Better then the fart loving, nose in the air, muppets that think because they are driving a euro car they are amazing and everyone owes them something....

      For the record i drive a Japanese car.

      Please do enlighten us then, sir. What should we be driving?

        You can drive whatever you want, if you want to drive a Commodore then go ahead. Just be aware that all products/brands have a certain cache associated with them. Fact is, Commodores are associated with bogans who couldn't care less what they drive as long as it's Strayan.

        For the record, I drive a Korean car, because I prefer to support manufacturers who are innovating and creating fresh products. I honestly think Korea will be the next Japan, it's already happening in the electronics industry (Samsung), and the car industry's not too far behind. Holden on the other hand is on the way out, and relying on the old "buy our cars because we're Australian" schtick to sell their product.

          So people who drive commodores support local jobs, and are contributing to a continuation of the Australian economy? Well they sound like good people to me.

            Not if they're only, or even primarily, buying a car just because it's Australian. That's not being a good person, that's being a sheep. If there's a better product out there for a comparable price, then you should get the better product, regardless of where it's made. Does the Australian automotive industry want to save itself? Well then stop investing in the shrinking market of cars like the big old Commodore and start pouring more money into developing small-mid size cars and SUVs, which is the fastest growing motor vehicle segment in Australia.

              Frequenting areas with a high Bogan ratio daily, I see way more cheap Korean cars being driven by them than Commodores...

                Korean cars haven't been particularly cheap since the early-mid 2000s, and they're certainly not "cheap" in terms of their production quality. Chinese cars have now taken over the role of cheap and nasty cars that manufacturers like Hyundai had in the 90s. I'm talking about the current generation of Korean cars, which are just as good if not better than a lot of Japanese, and even some European makes. You only have to look at the plethora of industry awards that they've won over the past few years.

                And my work also takes me into high bogan ratio areas, and I see far more Commodores than any other cars.

              Why would they bother? Holden already make two cars that sit comfortably in the top 10 every month. Not a single SUV or mid sized (Camry is really just a large car) car is in the top 10.

                The best selling cars of 2012:

                1. Mazda3 - 44,128
                2. Toyota HiLux - 40,646
                3. Toyota Corolla - 38,799
                4. Holden Commodore - 30,532
                5. Holden Cruze - 29,161
                6. Hyundai i30 - 28,348
                7. Toyota Camry - 27,230
                8. Nissan Navara - 26,045
                9. Toyota Yaris - 18,808
                10. Ford Focus - 18,586

                You'll notice that the Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla (both small-mid size cars) outsold the Commodore. Looking at the rest of the list, apart from HiLux and Navara, all the other cars are small-mid size cars. Large cars like the Commodore are on the way out.

                  The Commodore is 4th.........
                  The Falcon isn't there because they didn't really do much with it in 2012 and the Aurion isn't there because Aussies don't like large FWD cars. But if the Commodore is the 4th highest selling, they must be doing something right..

          Gee ok so tell me were do u live , korea interesting well u know what make as far as your began comment goes , did u know 73% 0f holden / ford owners earn above 85000 a year if this the cas I'm glad I'm a brogan , soinds to me you know nothing about cars just about bagging the country u are in , btw brought a Hyundai grandure one it fell part down the hwy as my wife was driving it yep great quality u choose there mate

      So you make your decisions about something based on what everyone else thinks? Seems like a loser's strategy to me. In any event, how many bogans do you think are looking forward to blind-spot warning, self-parking and lane departure warning? These don't seem like the kind of features you'd be aiming at that particular market, do they?

        Of course, no serious manufacturer specifically aims a product at the bogan market. Those features are all well and good (and I might add already present in other cars long before the Commodore), but bogans have and will always flock to the Commodore not because of it's technological features, but simply because it's a Commodore. In this sense, all those features are largely irrelevant. I'm not saying that all Commodore drivers are bogans, but I am saying that a disproportionate number of bogans drive Commodores.

          Just give up. You're digging yourself so deep you're going to come out in Korea

            How exactly?

              Because you're making stupid points that are going nowhere. "...all those features are largely irrelevant...". You're joking right? Your generalisations are terrible. Define a "bogan". Is a "bogan" a "hoon"? Why wouldn't a "bogan" use the technology in the VF?

                Not all bogans are hoons, and not all hoons are bogans, but there is a significant overlap.

                I never said a bogan wouldn't use the tech in the VF, I'm sure they would if they were offered it, which in this case it is. My point is, if the technology wasn't there, the aforementioned bogans would still buy this car simply because it's the new Commodore. It's called brand loyalty. Do you really think the average bogan would care if their car couldn't park itself? Holden only need to release a car that's "good enough", and it'd still sell by virtue of the fact that it's a Commodore. In this sense, the technological features are largely irrelevant to the bogan market.

                As for the definition of a bogan, I think this does a pretty good job:

                N.B. I realise that many bogans wouldn't be able to afford a brand new VF anyway, but they can always wait a few years when the car's value drops into the mid-teens. Plus there's the Cashed Up Bogan (CUB) variety.

                  I've driven quite a few Korean cars and they have improved enormously in the last few years. I've also driven the Commodore VF SS and the SS-V. Tech stuff aside and just focusing on the drive, I can say the Koreans still have a few years to go, before they can meet the dynamics of the VF Commodore.

                  As for bogans driving them, never been an issue for me. If it was I wouldn't drive a Korean car either, as quite a few choose them because they are cheap.

          It's ok I'm with ya on this one at least.

          Finally the Commodore is coming out with the technology that we have been waiting for in an Australian made car, albeit some 5 to 10 years late.

          I think the Commodore is finally stepping in the right direction, and may have been able to save the model if they had done it earlier.

          Bogans flocked to the Commodore and Falcon because they were cheap, powerful, large cars that could fit a family of 5.
          People with money didn't buy them because they didn't have the luxury/technology features.
          Thats why European cars are more popular.

          The US would love a RWD V6 and V8 large sedan considering most of their offerings are now front wheel drive rubbish that gives no enjoyment to driving.

          Korean cars whilst improving, still have room to improve. Problem is that they are small/cramped and gutless. Couldn't tow your boat and a car full of people with a Korean car.

    I generally have some distaste for domestic cars...this however I love...looks fantastic...very european

    and the HSV's with the camaro rear lights look absolutely awesome

    GG holden!

    It's the Commodore grown up, but is it too late to save the Commodore name?
    For a while now Commodore's have been light versions of other more expensive 4-door saloons, offering a comfortable interior, a big engine and some no-frills thrills in the V8 models, but they have always lacked in the 'tech' department.
    Hopefully the redesign and addition of some useful technology can bring the Commodore back into the realm of manufacturers like BMW and Toyota.

    After only reading a few articles and seeing a few pictures, I think this is the first Commodore I have ever thought 'I wouldn't mind that' in a long time.
    Let's hope everything works as advertised.

      I don't think that's a terribly fair assessment. Commodore is one of the very few cars on sale in Australia that offers a touchscreen infotainment system across every model in the range and when they introduced it a few years ago, they were absolutely the only ones. Same with the direct-injection V6, SIDI in Holden-speak, available in a base model Omega when direct injection was still the preserve of luxury marques or high-spec performance models. Even now, most Japanese cars don't have it.

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        Holden are light years ahead, check out their push rod V8. Its' a technology marvel.

          Yes, the latest iteration is absolutely amazing and it keeps winning races all around the world against the very, very best. But it is to be expected. After all, GM spent close to a billion dollars developing it. Throughout their bankruptcy and re-organisation in 2009, the new V8 programme was one of the few they never even thought about slashing. Direct-injection is cool enough but to manage to put variable valve timing on an OHV engine is a real coup for GM's engineers.

          I bet you don't even know why anyone chooses OHC over a pushrod configuration or why GM continue to stick with pushrods, do you? For the record, OHC engines were first developed in the 1900s and even DOHC engines were used in aircraft during WWI and by several car makers in the 1920s, so it's not like it is anywhere near the bleeding edge, either. It's just another inexplicable trend that one brand used to give them a marketing edge and everyone else felt obliged to follow. I really can't imagine anyone actually believes a camshaft connected to the crankshaft by a rubber band is actually preferable to pushrods.

        Sure all this tech is great, but the reliability and costs are what matters in a car. What does it cost to upgrade firmware from a Holden dealer 2 years down the track? Are all these gizmos going to last anywhere near the 200,000km+ that will be put on most Commodore work-horse vehicles within the first 5-10 years? What happens when your "laser sensor" in some obscure position in the car goes faulty (sounds like they are placed everywhere in the car body), will the rest of the system be included on that outage or is it smart enough to self-diagnose and isolate problems? From my experience I don't think the technology in American/Australian vehicles are as advanced in those types of things, when compared to a Toyota or Nissan of similiar value.

        Australian/American reliability in general for cars, I dunno how far that will go. I am glad that this is being exported to other markets though, this is great for economy of course.

        Just want to chime in and say all these safety assists are just overkill, besides having proper airbags to soften a critical impact, the rest of these things make drivers feel like they have nothing to worry about and thus we have shit drivers.

          Why would you need to upgrade the firmware and why would you have to go to Holden to do it? Any mechanic can plug into pretty much any car's computer and do whatever is necessary these days. Generally speaking, electronics are far more reliable than mechanical components, which is why car makers love them.
          I don't think you'd want your park assist to ignore a faulty sensor as that could be the one that would detect your 2 year-old standing behind the car as you reverse it out of your garage. Better to take the whole system off-line and force you to use your eyes.
          The US is at teh cutting edge of these kinds of technologies. Holden Volt is the most obvious example - a hybrid car so advanced they had to include technology to stop the petrol from going off in the tank, as it is entirely possible you woudl only need to fill it once a year or so. GM also invented the magnetic ride control dampers used by Ferrari and all the top Euro marques.

    Not mentioned in the article, but the My Link system includes the Pandora and Stitcher internet radio apps (data is downloaded via your smartphone's internet connection). The software can be upgraded as well, which has the potential for adding more apps.
    Not sure if this would be enough to make me buy one, but it's an interesting feature none the less...

    The VE's exceptional chassis now has the rest of the package, outstanding!

    I just hope they aren't going to hold back on the direct-injection V8 engine, for the inevitable freshen up in a year or two from now.

      Pretty sure that the new V8's will be delayed, the GM rule is the Corvette gets the new V8's first, they have said that isn't coming until the 2014 Vette is released.

    Looks somewhat boring, if I were in the market for a new car, this wouldn't be on the list.

      Yes, when i sit inside a car and think, "gee, the outside of this car is boring me, and damn i feel sleepy" i also dont buy the car.

      I guess we should award you a medal for not wanting to put other car drivers to sleep when they see this 'boring' car.

      I know i would much rather witness someone in a Volkswagen UP trying desperately to push their car up a slight hill, or the usual VW/Audi/Merc/BMW electrical breakdown on the side of the freeway - "The rear demister failed and for some reason the car wont start...."

        Having a bad day? What should my opinions on what I don't aesthetically like concern you? I don't like the exterior design, I prefer their previous chassis', a minor update would have suited them better in my opinion. Don't like my opinion? Still want to comment on it? I hope it truly pisses you off then.

        Not sure if you were trying to be sarcastic there? If somebody thinks a car is boring, then why should they buy it? To be honest you just come across as being a little butthurt that the Australian car industry's going down the drain and big boofy cars like this aren't going to save it.

        And I have never seen a VW/Audi/Merc/BMW broken down on the side of the road. The numbers of broken down Commodores and Falcons on the other hand...

          how man more commodores are on the road compared to other though?

    I thought the Commodore was a computer...

      Yes, yes it was. How cool would it be if MyLink ran on the Amiga OS. Those were the days....

    Nice try Luke, but you missed a few salient points. Firstly, Commodore will be one of the very few cars to not only offer parallel park assist, which is becoming commonplace these days, but also perpendicular park assist for use in car parks.

    Only the boot and bonnet are made of aluminium, the rest is steel.

    You also said that almost all of it has been redesigned but that is well wide of the mark. The doors, roof and glasshouse, which is the entire middle bit of the car, remain unchanged, except for new door handles. OTOH, only two inteiror fittings carry over from the current car so you can pretty much call that a complete redesign.

    Cruze does not have forward collision avoidance but the Cruze-based Volt does.

    Oh well bye bye now Commodore. Don't really expect to see anything different under the hood with the HSV's or SS since they already said it would be stupid to spend money for the last ever series of Commodores being produced.

      You obviously read things selectively. There will be a Commodore after this model. Holden have confirmed that.

      Except the V6 engines Holden engineers and builds are used in GM cars all over the world, not just in Commodores. The V8s are made in Mexico and shipped out here, with Holden V6s backshipped to Mexico to be used in GM cars sold in the US.

      Holden make several variants of the HF V6 that they don't use in their own cars. e.g. The V6 engine used in the Alfa 159 and Brera was built by Holden in Port Melbourne (with Alfa heads and injectors) and the V6's in Captiva and Colorado come from there, too. Same with the V6 turbos we used to see in Saabs and will soon be able to buy again in the Opel Insignia OPC. So the future of Commodore has only a minor impact on what Holden does with it's engines. They continued to build 4 cylnder engines for more than a decade after they stopped making four cylinder cars here.

      I would also expect to see the new Gen 5 V8 find its way into the VF before production finsihes in 2016. At the very least I reckon HSV will do whatever it takes to get hold of it for their VF based cars. It is just far too good not to.

    I like how the majority of tech revolves around crash avoidance. What does that say about people who buy Commodores? They like to hit stuff?

      Wouldn't it say the opposite?

        I dunno. I don't have parking assist or blind-spot assist and I seem to not hit things using my own skills as a driver. Therefore I don't see a need for such tech. So my point is, if Holden saw a need that must be filled....... you get the idea?

          Your argument seems to be a poor attempt to ascribe vehicle safety improvements to unskilled drivers. By your logic, your car is also designed for unskilled drivers because it includes things like seatbelts - after all, you only need them if you 'like to hit stuff', right?

          Manufacturers don't need an excuse to improve safety, and they're not catering to unsafe drivers when they do. People only get one life, they tend to prefer using safer vehicles over death traps. It has nothing to do with skill. You get the idea?

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            Oh geez. Lighten up mate. The seriousness of people around here is getting on my nerves.

            Let it go. It was a f'ing joke.

              The problem with the 'I got criticised so now it was all just a joke' defence is that you still end up being criticised. If you were being serious, the original criticism stands, and if you were joking, then you end up getting criticised for being bad at making jokes. You can pick which one you want.

                I guess you're a Holden driver then? Had a few accidents, have we? Hit a nerve, did I?

                Is that why you're a zombie? You have the sense of humour of one, that's for sure.

                  Nope, I don't drive. You'll have to come up with another excuse for why your obviously stellar award-winning sense of humour bizarrely doesn't seem to work here :)

          What if teh main result is that you have to pay less insurance? Surely that is a good result for everyone? Of course, you can't single Holden out for this, either. Most of the Euros have it, including Ford Focus and Mondeo, so really Holden are just trying to offer feature parity with their competitors, rather than having sat down and decided precisely what features will sell their cars.

          I'd take your point several steps further. I've never activated my ABS or airbags so why do I need those things in my car. I've never rolled a car either, so why should I care how strong the roof structure is? Come to think of it, I never had an accident in my Hillman Minx with four wheel drum brakes and cross-ply tyres so why the hell would I need disc brakes and radials? You know what, I reckon I'd be better off in a go-kart than a car.

    The front end looks just like the Opel Insignia... And that IS an Opel steering wheel with a Holden badge on it!!

      That's not uncommon with car manufacturers, and I think it's safe to say there's a lot more differences than similarities. But that's a lot of cars. I see similarities - particularly in tail lights all the time. This is a lot different to VK Commodore / Opel Senator thing.

        All very fair points Rob... I just think that this is looking less like a unique "Holden" and more like a global GM large car... Bland

      There is quite a lot of shared GM parts bin components on VF. The good thing is Holden engineers and designers have blended it all well.

    I hate to say it, but Tech is probably the very last thing I am thinking about when I buy a car. Technology breaks - and the more gizmos and wizardy I see, the more worried I get about ongoing service costs.

    Realising this isn't really a tech question (Well, it is, it's just less of a 'gizmo' question) but what is under the hood? Is it another detroit-made gas guzzler?

    Sorry folks... I know it's an unpopular opinion, but at 8.9 litres per 100kms (Omega, 2012 model) Holden still have a long way to go where the word "efficiency" is concerned if you start comparing engine performance to Euro designs.

      Please elaborate.
      8.9L per 100kms on a 3L V6 is very good. Don't forget it's also pushing a 1.7Ton Large car.
      What euro engine does better? Please don't say diesel because that's apples and oranges.
      You can't compare the fuel economy of a VW Polo with a Commodore. It's half the size.

      As for what's under the hood. The Engines are unchanged from the VE which means the V6 will be the locally built SIDI. Not sure about the V8. Supposedly the squeezed another 10% efficiency out of them somehow (probably with weight and aero improvements).

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    Is anyone else concerned about all this auto park assist stuff making the general population even worse drivers than they already are with less spacial awareness?

      Of course its sad to see that people need a machine for such simple tasks, however the car companies need to introduce all this tech to grab the customers attention. I bet most people that have this tech will rarely use it.

      Absolutely. What we're in effect doing is de-skilling drivers. If there comes a time when due to either a malfunction or environmental conditions that a person has to actually park their car themselves, how effectively will they be able to cope?

      This is also why I think everyone should have to get a manual car licence, regardless of whether they then drive a manual or auto. If you're not coordinated enough to operate a clutch and change gears while you're driving then you have no business being on a public road.

        To be fair they let you on a public road long before you've actually mastered a manual transmission. Takes a good few months for a new driver to properly get the hang of the thing by themselves.

    I'm betting no Diesel option, GM have a pretty good range of Diesel's to choose from to throw in the VF. What they should offer:
    2.2L Diesel (Captiva's) or the 3.0L DMAX.
    3.6L SIDI V6 (the 3.0L is worthless, that can go).
    6.0L V8.

    "or like Ford is doing with the Ranger" the Ford Ranger was designed mostly in Victoria. It's built at Ford's Thailand plant and then imported into Australia. It's also not available in the States as it would clash with the F-Series trucks.

      To comment on the VF, it's great to see Holden tapping into the GM parts catalogue and filling the Commodore with such useful tech, I really hope it helps them improve sales.

    My problem is, that with more gadgetry and sophisticated systems and crap loaded onto these cars, the more problems you have. Electrical issues can really fuck up a cars reliability - my Volvo decided to keep it's radiator fan on all night and completely drained the battery. Thanks a lot car - all from a small short or something.

    I had to get the entire goddamn thing replaced too for $1000. Sure, I could have gone cheaper or DIY if I had the know how, but the car is designed in a terribly confusing and non-intuitive way.

    Do car companies purposely design cars to minimize any ability to fix it yourself, so you have to take it to one of their licensed repairers which charge you thousands? I CALL CONSPIRACY! Oh god this is a terrible spiel I'm sorry if you read this.

      Solution? Buy a 15 year old $400 bomb.
      And while your at it keep using the nokia 3110 and your dial up modem.
      Everyone complains about the technology but never offer up a good alternative or solution.
      Having more tech is not a problem. Stop making it out to be.
      Have you considered that having the whole car electronic makes it easier for the mechanic to find the problem? I had my throttle position sensor replaced (under warranty) in 30 min. Plug in, read error code, replace faulty part, test, done. Yes there is more stuff that can break down but that's the nature of the beast.

      Did people complain the same when power windows and mirrors started to be a thing? What crappy useless feature that no one will ever need....

    The bodywork is a lighter aluminium
    That's pretty awesome, although it's only the bonnet and boot lid.

    This is going to keep me motivated for the year! Can't wait to see the other models

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