- Steering-wheel-mounted paddle-shifters introduced for SS V Redline automatic
- New 19-inch black alloy wheel on SS V Redline models
- New dynamic steering calibration for all models
- Enhanced reversing camera software with curving target lines
- Introduction of two new colours: Jungle Green and Some Like It Hot Red
Since its introduction to the Australian market in May 2013, Holden’s VF Commodore has quickly established itself as a truly world-class vehicle; boasting the technology, quality and driving dynamics to compete with – and beat – Europe’s best. VF remains the most advanced car ever designed and built in this country, setting new benchmarks for the industry and winning hearts and minds across Australia and the world.
From setting a world record at the famous Nürburgring in Germany, to launching as Chevrolet’s flagship SS performance sedan in the USA and collecting a swag of industry and media accolades along the way, VF Commodore has proven itself an extraordinary vehicle.
VF Commodore commands more than 72 percent of the large car segment* in Australia. Now with the launch of the new Model Year 15 (MY15) range, Holden’s Commodore has been refreshed and is set to reinforce its position as Australia’s favourite locally-made car. Boasting a number of striking new features and additions that offer improved technology, an even better drive experience and updated aesthetics for Holden’s VF Commodore sports models.
VF Commodore has proven a huge success with sports and luxury buyers alike. Since launch, approximately 37 percent of Commodore buyers have selected the V8 engine option. At one in three customers, this is the highest penetration of V8 engines ever for the Commodore nameplate. The SS nameplate has also been a huge success, with 24 percent of customers – or nearly one in four – ticking the SS box. On the luxury side of the coin, Calais V is one of Holden’s best-performing models with sales up 142 percent year-to-date.
With this clear appetite for performance and luxury among customers, Holden’s designers and engineers ensured the people will get more of what they want with the new MY15 range.
SS V Redline set a new performance benchmark when it launched in October 2013 and the MY15 update builds on these world-class foundations. Holden engineers have taken inspiration directly from the racetrack with the introduction of steering-wheel-mounted paddle-shifters for the automatic transmission on SS V Redline models. Paddle-shifters allow drivers to utilise the ‘Active Select’ gear change function with greater precision without drivers needing to remove their hands from the wheel.
Holden engineers have also been hard at work calibrating a revised steering set-up for the acclaimed Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system. The EPS has been re-tuned and recalibrated to enhance on-centre steering feel and precision. Holden engineers also worked to further improve steering refinement with a new level of smoothness. Holden has tuned three unique steering calibrations for the MY15 VF Commodore:
- Touring – FE1 (Evoke, Calais, Calais V, Caprice V)
- Sport – FE2 & FE3 (SV6, SS, SS V)
- Sport and Competitive – FE3 (SS V Redline)
Safety has long been a Holden hallmark and VF Commodore leads the way with 5-star ANCAP ratings across the range and a host of driver safety technology, including Lane Change Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring and Forward Collision Alert. Now with the introduction of ISOFIX standards to Australia, VF Commodore is one of only a handful of cars to offer ISOFIX anchorage points across all three rear seats, giving larger families complete peace of mind when it comes to the safety of their children.
Sophisticated style is another signature of the VF range and the MY15 update enhances the SS V Redline’s already muscular lines and dynamic stance with the introduction of new, split-rim-design 19-inch black alloy wheels as standard. A new gloss-black rear valance on sport model sedans adds to VF’s sophisticated and dynamic styling.
A new Jet Black interior is now standard on SS V Redline, with optional titanium interior highlights.
Two striking new colours have also been added to the line-up. The stylish Some Like It Hot Red will be introduced across the entire VF Commodore range, whilst Jungle Green is reserved for the sports models only – giving customers with a thirst for performance the opportunity to stand out from the crowd.
A new black roof option will become available on SS V Redline Sedan models in Red Hot, Jungle Green and Heron White early in 2015.
Elsewhere in the Commodore range, Holden has listened to customer feedback and both SV6 and Calais receive a full-sized alloy spare wheel as standard, replacing the Tyre Sealant and Air Compressor Kit.
To streamline the Commodore range, the LPG drivetrain option has been discontinued for SV6 models and the Caprice line-up has been consolidated into a single Caprice V specification, available with V6 or V8 power.
Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Gerry Dorizas, said the VF Commodore was a car that keeps getting better, delivering state-of-the-art sports and luxury driving to Australian motorists.
“Although VF is only 17 months old, we are committed to keeping the product fresh and giving customers what they want – this is the essence of any customer-oriented company and our focus on being the most customer-centric brand in Australia,” Mr Dorizas said.
“I’ve driven countless cars right around the globe, and the Commodore is a truly world-class vehicle. The success of our Calais and Redline models, in particular, speaks to the strength of our product and Commodore’s consumer appeal.
“I invite anyone to take the challenge: get behind the wheel of a VF and see how it stacks up against its European competitors. If you’re driving a BMW, Mercedes or Audi sedan or wagon, I invite you to test drive a VF Commodore. The VF has always turned heads and I guarantee it will change minds.”
Mr Dorizas said Holden had also listened to customer feedback when developing the upgrades for the MY15 VF Commodore.
“We’ve listened to our customers and have focussed the upgrades where they count, such as the addition of paddle-shifters for SS V Redline automatic transmission to provide an even sportier driving experience. Combined with low running costs and Holden’s outstanding Capped Price Service offer, no other car on sale offers the combination of value, technology, safety and driving pleasure that customers will enjoy in the updated Model Year 15 VF Commodore range,” Mr Dorizas said.
MY15 Holden VF Commodore colours:
- NEW Some Like It Hot Red*
- NEW Jungle Green* (SV6, SS, SS V and SS V Redline models only)
- Heron White
- Red Hot
- Phantom Black*
- Regal Peacock Green*
- Nitrate Silver*
- Prussian Steel Grey*
- Perfect Blue*
*Prestige Paint at $550 premium
SS V Redline Highlights:
- NEW Paddle-shifters (automatic transmission only)
- NEW Black 19-inch split-rim alloy wheels
- NEW Gloss Black Rear Valance (SV6, SS, SS V and SS V Redline sedans only)
- 6.0-litre V8 engine
- 6-speed manual transmission or optional 6-speed automatic transmission with Active Select
- Performance Mode Lift Foot (automatic transmission calibration)
- Launch Control
- Competitive Mode (stability control calibration)
- Colour Head-Up Display
- Holden MyLink infotainment System with 8” colour touch-screen display
- Automatic Park Assist
- Rear view camera
- Lane Change Assist
- Blind Spot Monitoring
- Forward Collision Alert
- Rear parking sensors
- ISOFIX child seat anchorage system
- Embedded apps including Pandora®, Stitcher SmartRadio™
- Siri® Eyes Free Mode
* Large car segment under $70,000, as defined by VFACTS, September 2014.