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Holden Commodore (VN)
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Holden Commodore (VN/VG). 1988–91 (prod. 215,180 all VN variants). 4-door sedan, 5-door wagon, 2-door pick-up truck. F/R, 1998 cm³ (I4 OHC), 3791 cm³ (V6 OHV), 4987 cm³ (V8 OHV). Commodore finally sized up to Falcon bulk. Derived from new generation of Opels (Senator B, Omega A) but far wider and more utilitarian in appearance. New drivetrain as well as new body, but narrow track evolved from 1978 Commodore. Other departures in design as well from Opel Senator B base, including Commodore’s cheapened interior. Wagon on longer wheelbase, for the first time. Buick V6 adapted for rear-wheel drive replaced Nissan unit but was less refined; return of utility (VG series) for the first time in half a decade, in 1990. Last series with four-cylinder (for export only). Twinned with Toyota Lexcen these years. Series II in 1990 with some improvements, though overall a flawed vehicle. Five millionth Holden made as part of this series. A few LHD wagons appeared in China with Beilu badges and the BJ6490 designation, with a 2·2-litre four, as well as electric and hybrid models.

Manufacturing location: Elizabeth, South Australia, Australia

Marque: Holden | Model: Holden Commodore | Predecessor: Holden Commodore (VL) | Successor: Holden Commodore (VP)

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