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Holden fits E85 3.0 V6 and 6.0 V8 engines to its MY11 Series II Commodore range

Holden logo14 Sep 2010

By HAITHAM RAZAGUI

MOST of the changes for Holden’s Series II VE Commodore range have been applied to a subtly tweaked exterior, led by E85 ethanol-compatible 3.0-litre V6 and 6.0-litre V8 engines that emit slightly less CO2 and deliver improved mid-range performance, but offer no real fuel consumption or cost gains. At least both new E85 engines come for free, just like the advanced new touch-screen multimedia system that is standard in all models and, in flagship V-Series variants, also offer the ability to alert drivers of upcoming traffic situations, including speed cameras. Throw in the $2500 option of sharper Redline Edition models (comprising beefier Brembo brakes, polished wheels and, on sedans, a firmer FE3 suspension tune) and Holden looks to have covered most bases in its first facelift of Australia’s top-selling model.
Model release date: 1 September 2010 to 1 May 2013

Previous model

Commodore

Released: September 2009
Ended: September 2010
Family Tree: Commodore

THREE years after the billion-dollar VE Commodore was launched, Holden released the upgraded MY10 model with a direct-injection SIDI 3.6-litre petrol V6, plus a smaller new 3.0-litre version exclusively for the fleet-oriented Omega and family friendly Berlina models. While that lowered the Commodore’s base fuel consumption rating to 9.3L/100km, it also pushed up the retail price by $700, to $39,990 for the base sedan and $33,490 for the ute, which missed out on the slick new 3.0-litre six and six-speed automatic combination.

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

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