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Holden slams down its VE Sportswagon, which aims to draw private buyers back

11 Jul 2008

HOLDEN is blending form and function with its attractive new Sportwagon to widen the appeal of the hauler, which has previously been bought almost exclusively by fleets. Instead of basing the wagon on the long-wheelbase Statesman platform, which allowed for a massive cargo area, Holden decided to build the Sportwagon off the shorter Commodore base to create a vehicle with athletic proportions and a sloping back that looks more like a coupe than a traditional wagon. You can get the Sportwagon in all the same flavours as the sedan and there is even a manual SS model for rev-head families. Holden is pitching the Sportwagon as a stylish and sensible alternative to an SUV. It just might be onto something.

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Model release date: 1 July 2008 to 1 September 2009

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VZ Commodore wagon

Released: August 2004
Ended: August 2007
Family Tree: Commodore

LAUNCHED in 2004, the VZ wagon outlasted its sedan sibling for a whole year and production finally finished last September. It was available in three guises – Executive, Acclaim and Berlina. The SS wagon, which had been introduced for the VY model, was dropped. The base engine was an Alloytec 24-valve engine with 175kW and 320Nm, which replaced the old 3.8-litre Ecotech V6. A 250kW 5.7-litre V8 was also made available for the Berlina wagon, which was later upgraded to a 260kW 6.0-litre unit in line with the sedan. A dual-fuel LPG system was also made an option in 2006.

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