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Holden adds an Alloytec V6 and six-speed manual to its four-door Crewman ute

8 Oct 2004

WHEN it comes to producing popular new bodystyles from the one flexible Commodore platform, Holden is the master. Monaro, One Tonner and Crewman are just three cases in point, the latter two being the result of bolting a chassis to the back of a monocoque-bodied cab to create the two longest rear-drive Holdens ever. In the case of Crewman, load carrying capacity is compromised to squeeze in an extra row of seats, making it the first five-seater Commodore-based ute and the first Australian-built four-door ute. As such, Aussies have flocked to it. Crewman's first facelift brings with it dramatic performance and refinement improvements, in the shape of a new Alloytec V6, new six-speed manual as standard, a revised V8, upgraded autos and subtle chassis updates. But there is no change to Crewman's cramped rear seating accommodation.

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Model release date: 1 August 2004 to 1 August 2007

Previous model

Holden VYII Crewman ute

Released: September 03
Ended: August 04
Family Tree: Crewman

LAUNCHED in September 2003, Holden's first four-door Commodore-based ute receives its VZ-series facelift before it's even 12 months old. Released as part of the VY Series II Commodore Ute range, it was available in base V6, S V6 and SS V8 variants, but only the SS version offered a manual transmission option.

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