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Car reviews - Holden - Commodore - SV8 sedan

Climate Control

Holden logo9 Jan 2003

By MARTON PETTENDY

BEING based on the low-series Executive specification, SV8 gets the entry level VY variant's basic new air-conditioning system.

Dominated by three large rotary dials, each featuring tactile rubber outer grips, the new AC controls operate, from left, four positions of fan speed (Falcon gets 14), temperature control and air-flow mode. The outboard controls feature push-buttons to activate the air-conditioning itself (left) and rear demist (right).

Like all the air vents, the redesigned central front and rear twin vents are closeable, but the familiar outboard vents continue to exit via the carryover door skins, making the system less efficient than Falcon's twin-vent design.

There is a recirculate function, floor venting for rear-seat passengers and side glass ventilation.

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Less precise than BA Falcon's redesigned system and lacking its illuminated position markers, Commodore's new air-conditioning unit is clumsier and more difficult to read at night

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