|2013 Holden Commodore VF sedan|
Unveiled at an event at Melbourne’s Docklands, Holden’s new VF Commodore spearheads a new export campaign to the USA in the form of the new flagship Chevrolet SS Sports Sedan - and will be Chevrolet's new NASCAR racer. The Chevy SS will debut at Daytona Speedway in Florida next week. The VF Commodore also "brings new levels of luxury and refinement to the large car segment, with a sumptuous new interior to match its upmarket exterior" according to the official Holden press release.
The VF Commodore, which will be built at Holden Vehicle Operations in the Adelaide suburb of Elizabeth, South Australia, highlights Holden’s advanced global design capability and promises a driving experience on a par with top-marque competitors Holden says that the VF Commodore will inject $2 Billion Australian into the Oz economy.
It will also be more fuel efficient. Thanks in part to the Australian Federal Government’s grant of $39.8 million through the Green Car Innovation Fund, it features lightweight aluminium panels along with other fuel saving features such as electric power steering. It is also more aerodynamic than the VE Commodore it will replace.
Among its many new technology features are some significant safety and driver friendly elements.
Key convenience features include Auto Park Assist on all models, where the driver operates the pedals but the car effectively parks itself. Unlike many similar systems, it also allows drivers to choose between a parallel or 90 degree angle park. It also gets the latest version of Holden’s innovative MyLink infotainment system and keyless entry and start.
High-tech safety features include Reverse Traffic Alert, which warns of vehicles passing when reversing out of spaces, Blind Spot Alert, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and a Head-Up Display, which projects vital safety information such as the car’s speed directly onto the windscreen.
The new Calais V-Series sedan, on which the show car is based, will headline an extensively upgraded VF Commodore model range that goes on sale mid-year. “Our aim with the new VF Commodore was to create a car that challenged some of the broader perceptions people have about the traditional Australian-made large car,” said Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mike Devereux.
More mechanical/engineering details will be released by Holden shortly. Styling-wise, the VF looks great to my eyes. I am definitely looking forward to the Chevrolet version's unveiling!!
Video of web-cast announcement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...ayer_embedded&v=yoz-Oo8rqJk#at=167
|2013 Holden Commodore VF|