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Holden's VY Series II Commodore is more than a knee-jerk reaction to the BA Falcon

Holden logo8 Dec 2003

By MARTON PETTENDY

HOLDEN’S Series II VY Commodore came surprisingly quickly after the launch of the extensively facelifted VY in late 2002. The cynics might suggest it was a spontaneous reaction to Ford’s getting its act together with the BA Falcon. Whatever the rationale, the Series II Executive offers a better deal than before, and now matches the Falcon in standard equipment (apart from air-conditioning, which brings the price to virtual parity with the Falcon XT) while also showing subtle evidence of an ongoing upward trend in quality. There are new paints, for example, that tend to resist chipping, scratching and airborne contaminates better than previously. If you’re ever in doubt that the Australian family sedan is a far better car than it was, just look back ten years. Today’s entry-level car would have almost rated as a premium model.
Model release date: 1 August 2003 to 1 August 2004

Previous model

Holden VX Commodore

Released: October 2000
Ended: October 2002
Family Tree: Commodore

HOLDEN'S VYII Commodore constitutes a subtle specification upgrade from the cosmetically revised VY model launched in October 2002. Its predecessor, the VX Commodore, was the first major change to Holden's all-new VT Commodore of September 1997, not counting the 5.7-litre Gen III V8 that went on sale in the facelifted VTII in June 1999.

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