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MAJOR Commodore SS controls remain largely unchanged despite the new dashboard.
The multi-function steering wheel continues to offer remote audio controls, with indicators and the awkward cruise control system operated via the right-side stalk which is carried over from VXII. Similarly, the left-side stalk operates the road speed-variable intermittent wipers and windscreen washer.
The new-style headlight switch remains on the right-hand end of the dash, Euro-style, and now incorporates an auto lights on/off function, plus instrument illumination adjustment and a pull-out foglight switch.
The newly designed handbrake lever is of a different, more substantial feeling shape and provides more leverage than before, while the gearshift lever also has a more tactile feel to it.
Commodore's power window controls avoid durability issues by being mounted between the seats in the centre console, but the new control pad, which incorporates the traction control and window lock buttons, is not as ergonomically sound as driver's door mounted units.
Still, Commodore does score points over Falcon by offering an auto-down function for both front windows.
Did you know?The tiny but effective GM power mirror controller continues unchanged on the driver's door
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