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Holden cuts $2000 from base Commodore

Holden on: The entry-level Commodore’s Omega nameplate will live on and the new Z-Series designation just signifies a limited-edition value pack, according to Holden.

Omega badge dropped from base Commodore as Holden introduces special Z-Series

3 Sep 2012

UPDATED: 04/09/2012 HOLDEN has slashed $2000 from the list price of its entry-level Commodore sedan and Sportwagon variants and introduced a limited-edition ‘Z-Series’ sports-luxury value packs on the SV6, SS and SS-V across sedan, Sportswagon and Ute.

Two industry price guides viewed by GoAuto list the base Commodore variant as simply Z-Series, suggesting the Omega nameplate has been dropped, but Holden senior product communications manager Kate Lonsdale told GoAuto Omega lives on.

“The Omega is definitely still our entry-level, with the special edition it is just called the Z-Series instead of the Commodore Omega Z-Series,” she said.

As GoAuto reported in July, European news sources suggest that Opel is working on a successor to its Omega large car, with former CEO Karl-Friedrich Stracke quoted as saying the brand needs “a car above the Insignia and we are working (on it)”.

If General Motors’ German brand – which has just launched in Australia – decides to revive the Omega nameplate, Holden may be forced to relinquish the badge from its base Commodore.

“(Omega) hasn’t been replaced as such but there is a limited-edition pack out which includes other features,” said Ms Lonsdale.

13 center imageFrom top: Holden Commodore SV6 sedan and Sportwagon Omega Ute.

Holden is yet to officially announce what extra features the Z-Series Commodores will gain but Ms Lonsdale described the limited-edition package as “sports-luxury” and said the introduction of Z-Series coincides with a range-wide half-yearly model upgrade dubbed MY12.5.

“They come with a whole lot of additional features, they have a massive value pack with lots of comfort, luxury or sports performance features.

“In the past we have done Equipe packs, we have done Internationals, they (Z-Series) are value-packs we put together every so often.” Following the aforementioned $2000 price cut, the base Z-Series Commodore sedan now weighs in at $37,990 plus on-road costs for the 3.0-litre petrol V6 and $40,490 for the 3.6-litre LPG V6, while the Sportwagon is now $39,990 for petrol or $42,690 for LPG.

Pricing of all other My12.5 Commodore and Caprice variants – including those featuring the Z-Series pack – remains static.

The base Commodore Ute misses out on the Z-Series treatment, retains the Omega badge and $35,490 price point.

This MY12.5 update could be the last made to Holden’s VE Series II Commodore as the company tries to keep sales of its large car moving in the run-up to the launch of its heavily-revised VF next year.

Holden Commodore Omega pricing (plus on-road costs):
Z-Series sedan 3.0 petrol (a) $37,990 (-$2000)
Z-Series sedan 3.6 LPG (a) $40,490 (-$2000)
Z-Series Sportwagon 3.0 petrol (a) $39,990 (-$2000)
Z-Series Sportwagon 3.6 LPG (a) $42,490 (-$2000)

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