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Holden has progressed significantly with the VE Commodore since its 2006 debut

14 Jan 2011

HOLDEN’S policy of constant evolution to its VE Commodore means that the 2011 model is greatly superior to the 2006 original.

The combination of a direct-injection (SIDI), smaller capacity 3.0-litre V6 and the six-speed automatic transmission work well for highway economy, but around town, the sheer weight of the Berlina assures considerable thirst.

At the same time, its vision-impairing A-pillars and high rear window make this large car feel bigger and more cumbersome than it is.

The General’s family sedan now faces its strongest competition in the market from cars such as the Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla, while modest torque and the absence of a split-fold rear seat make it less versatile than its traditional rival, the Ford Falcon.
Model release date: 1 September 2010 to 1 May 2013

Previous model

Commodore Berlina

Released: August 2006
Ended: September 2010
Family Tree: Commodore

In 2006, VE Commodore was (nearly) the right car for the wrong time with the market already having switched to smaller, more fuel-efficient cars. Its bold exterior styling proved a distraction from some major failings. The VE Berlina’s combination of an unrefined 3.6-litre V6 and crude, clunky four-speed automatic gave it average performance and poor fuel economy. There were some rough edges to the finish. Vision was poor thanks to intrusive A-pillars and a high rear window. In September 2009, the Commodore range was significantly upgraded with direct injection engines and six-speed automatic as standard but in reality this was the VE we should have seen at launch.

Get the full story: Holden is hoping to lure more private buyers than ever with its VE Berlina

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