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Car reviews - Holden - Statesman - V6 sedan

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The popular WH Statesman offered an impressive amount of metal for the money

Holden logo30 Jan 2002

By MALCOLM LIVERMORE

HOLDEN'S Statesman offers an interior comparable in space to the long-wheelbase S-class Mercedes-Benz for a mere fraction of the money. It also offers an excellent driving experience, even if the ultimate dynamics are well below Mercedes-Benz quality. But the WH Series II changes, particularly those affecting the rear suspension, have improved the car so that it tracks more securely while continuing to offer the smooth ride that has been a recognisable quality since the first of the independent suspended long-wheelbase Holdens. For a slight price premium over the similarly equipped short-wheelbase Calais, the Statesman is a lot of car for the money.
Model release date: 1 August 2001 to 1 May 2003

Previous model

Holden Statesman

Released: April 1995
Ended: June 1999
Family Tree: Statesman

THE Series II WH Statesman tested here went on sale in August 2001, following the current shaped, WH long-wheelbase sedan's release in June 1999. The WH's direct predecessor is the VS Statesman, which appeared in April 1995 and was last sold in VS Series III guise until June 1999.

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