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Holden Commodore (VE)
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Holden Commodore/Holden Berlina (VE). 2006–13 (prod. 520,000 approx. all VE). 4-door sedan, 5-door wagon, 2-door utility. F/R, 2986, 3564 cm³ petrol and petrol–LPG (V6 DOHC), 5967 cm³ (V8 OHV). Thousand-million-Australian-dollar investment saw development of first all-Australian Holden since the demise of the WB series in the 1980s. No hand-me-down Opel parts; VE Commodore in fact formed the basis of other Zeta-platform cars in the GM empire. Competent and handsome large sedan and utility, even if equipment levels were basic; Sportwagon on same wheelbase from mid-2008. Much larger in all key dimensions than VZ, front wheelarch particularly noticeable as styling feature. Rejigged trim levels with Commodore Omega new base model, SV6, SS and SS-V the sporting models, Berlina the mid-line one (no Commodore badge on exterior), and Calais and Calais V at top. Exported as Chevrolet Lumina (Middle East), Chevrolet Omega (Brazil), Pontiac G8 (with some changes, especially for GXP model) and Vauxhall VXR8 (based on HSV versions). Fuel consumption poorer than predecessor (no diesels, though dual-fuel LPG–petrol model appeared soon after launch) and ANCAP safety rating only four stars at launch—VZ predecessor managed five; later VEs did, too. Direct injection from 2009 for V6 engines, with three-litre six introduced for base model. Blink-and-you’ll-miss-it facelift in 2010 to VEII; Chevrolet Omega Fittipaldi in Brazil for 2011 model year, with 3·6 SIDI engine. Last Berlina with this series.

Manufacturing location: Elizabeth, South Australia, Australia

Marque: Holden | Model: Holden Commodore | Predecessor: Holden Commodore (VZ) | Successors: Holden Commodore (VF), Chevrolet Impala (2014–20)

q.v. Holden Calais (VE), Chevrolet Camaro (2010–15)

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