THIS is it – the final Australian-built Holden Commodore range is now entering
showrooms, ready to take the iconic Aussie-developed, Aussie-produced car down
to the wire in October when Holden’s Australian factory will close forever.
GM Holden product communications manager Mark Flintoft confirmed that the
changes for the 2017 VFII model year would be the last for the locally built
sedan, wagon and ute, wrapping up 38 years of local Commodore development ahead
of the introduction of a German-made imported model based on the Opel Insignia
from early 2018.
The Commodore announcement came just hours after Holden’s high-performance
partner, Holden Special Vehicles, revealed its last hurrah in the form of the
474kW GTSR W1 (see separate story).
The minor changes include a range of styling and tech equipment tweaks on all
models except the base Evoke fleet-mobile.
Theoretically, the range has been streamlined by dropping the SS-V and Calais
Sportwagon. However, Holden recently announced a trio of special-edition
Commodores – the Motorsport and Director sedans and Magnum ute – so the cuts
For the first time since Holden started building “Australia’s own car” in 1948,
no locally built six-cylinder Holden will be available with a manual gearbox.
Instead, the last remaining V6 Commodore with such a transmission, the SV6,
will come only with the six-speed automatic transmission.
A manual cog-swapper will still be available on the two remaining V8 sports
variants – the SS and SS-V – in sedan and ute formats.
Prices have been shuffled according to specification changes, with some prices
going up by as much as $1200 and others going down by a similar amount. With no
changes, the Evoke price is unchanged.
Three 2017 Commodore variants gain satellite navigation as a standard fitment –
SV6, Calais and SS.
The SV6 and SS also get head-up display and new-look wheels. In the case of the
SV6, the wheels are 18-inch alloys with a black finish, while the SS gains
The Calais V also gets 19-inch wheels with a new finish, along with an
electro-chromatic mirror, black interior, perforated leather steering wheel
from SS-V Redline, new sill plates emblazoned with the “V” logo and Calais
lettering on the rear doors.
Visually, the biggest changes are to the flagship sports sedan, the V8 SS-V
Redline, which now comes with similar blacked-out grille, side vents, mirror
scalps, day-time running light surrounds and lip spoiler (sedan only) as the
new limited-run Motorsport Edition.
Inside, the steering wheel and instrument panel get a “jade black applique”.
Like the Calais V, the SS-V Redline gets the new “V” badge sills, while the ute
version comes with a black rear-tray sports bar.
The only change to the long-wheelbase Caprice V is the addition of the SS-V
Redline steering wheel.
Three new colours have been added – Spitfire Green, Light My Fire orange and
Son of Gun Grey – taking the choice of hues to nine.
Holden communications director Sean Poppitt said the 2017 Commodore honoured
the attributes that have elevated it to be one of Australia’s most loved cars.
“Commodore has always stood for leading driving dynamics, exceptional customer
value and a striking road presence, and the 2017 Commodore is a perfect example
of that,” he said.
“Not only have we added some great styling enhancements like black accents and
some stunning new colours, we’ve also dialled up the technology offering with
head-up display and satellite navigation available on SV6 models.”