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Holden's 3.0-litre Commodore Omega does the job, but is not so thrifty around town

18 Dec 2009

WHIPPED into action by a declining market share exacerbated by last year’s fuel price rises, Holden has added a new, smaller entry-level direct-injection 3.0-litre V6 to its Commodore range. This is the first time the Commodore has had such a low-displacement engine since 1988’s VL series with its super-smooth Nissan 3.0-litre six, in normally aspirated and turbo variants. The question is, will the new direct-injection engine be as significant a shift forward on its predecessor as the VL 3.0-litre was over the VK’s blue 3.3-litre six?
Model release date: 1 September 2009 to 1 September 2010

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VE Commodore Omega sedan

Released: August 2006
Ended: September 2009
Family Tree: Commodore

THE first major upgrade to the billion-dollar VE Commodore replaces a model that was bigger, heavier, more powerful and no more aerodynamic than the VT-based VZ Commodore Executive it, in turn, replaced in August 2006. In fact, it was a minor miracle that fuel consumption dropped in the VE Commodores at base level, with the Omega matching the most basic Falcon XT at 10.9L/100km. Fuel consumption improvements over the next three years saw this drop to 10.6L/100km, despite the VE’s carryover 3.6-litre Alloytec V6 continuing to deliver 180kW at 6000rpm (up 8kW) and 330Nm of torque at 2600rpm (up 10Nm). Pricing was also pin-sharp at a $34,490 (excluding air-conditioning) but, despite subtle tweaks, GM’s pre-historic US-built 4L60E four-speed auto remained the Omega’s Achilles heel.

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