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Holden Commodore

VE Commodore Calais V

Holden logo1 Sep 2006

If the Calais stands for “good” then the Calais V stands for “very good”.

If the “base” Calais is not enough for you, the “V” adds front and rear parking sonar, rain sensing wipers, external mirror puddle lamps, 18-inch alloys, leather trim, single-screen roof-mounted DVD, 230-watt audio system with sub-woofer, priority seat and mirror memory, eight-way electric front seats and a sliding centre armrest.

Holden is clearly aiming for some of the high-end European offerings, and its price-point is a sure tempter to swing Europhiles around to the Australian way of driving.

There’s just a hint of exterior chrome – alone the base of the doors for example - and “V” badging to differential the car from the lesser Calais and to some people it may not be enough. However, the look is understated and very classy.

At launch, engines in the “V” ran to the High-Output 3.6-litre Alloytec V6 developing 195kW @ 6500rpm and 340Nm @ 2600rpm mated to a five-speed automatic or the 6.0-litre V8 with 270kW @ 5700rpm and 530Nm @ 4400rpm on tap hooked up with a six-speed automatic.

In September 2009 the VE range was updated, with the 3.6-litre engine receiving direct-injection.

In addition to the new engine, Holden also improved noise and vibration levels through the use of low rolling-resistance tyres for models fitted with 16 and 17-inch wheels. Suspension revisions designed to increase high-speed stability, lane-change performance and on-centre steering precision also made it into the upgrade.

A new dual exhaust system reduced noise, along with extra acoustic deadening between the cabin and the engine compartment.

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VX II Commodore SS
VY Commodore Acclaim
VF Commodore
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VC Commodore SL/E
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VY II Commodore Calais
VC Commodore L
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VR Commodore Acclaim
VX Commodore Berlina
VX II Commodore Calais
VY II Commodore Acclaim
VL Commodore Berlina
VY II Commodore Executive
VT Commodore Berlina
VT II Commodore Executive
VR II Commodore Executive
VB Commodore SL/E
VR II Commodore Acclaim
VT Commodore SS
VR Commodore Berlina
VE Commodore Calais
VP II Commodore SS
VR II Commodore Berlina
VS Commodore SS
VY II Commodore SS
VS Commodore Executive
VE Commodore Omega
VE Series II Sportwagon
VE Commodore SS
VT Commodore Calais
VP Commodore Executive
VY Commodore Executive
VT Commodore Executive
VS Commodore Acclaim
VB Commodore
VP II Commodore Berlina
VZ Commodore Executive
VP II Commodore Executive
VR Commodore Calais
VL Commodore Calais
VP Commodore Berlina
VS II Commodore Berlina
VL Commodore SL and Executive
VN Commodore Calais
VR II Commodore Calais
VH Commodore SL
VY Commodore Calais
VN Commodore Berlina
VZ Commodore Acclaim
VR Commodore SS
VY Commodore SS
VH Commodore SL/X
VS II Commodore Executive
VP II Commodore Calais
VX II Commodore Executive
VT II Commodore SS
VX Commodore SS
VH Commodore SS
VE Sportwagon
VK Commodore Calais
VK Commodore Berlina
VS II Commodore Calais
VE Series II Commodore
VP Commodore Calais
VK Commodore SL and Executive
VX Commodore Executive
VT Commodore Acclaim
VX Commodore Acclaim
VY Commodore Berlina
VR II Commodore SS
VE Commodore Calais V
VN Commodore SS
VZ Commodore Berlina
VFII Commodore
VP Commodore SS
VZ Commodore Calais
VS II Commodore Acclaim
VB Commodore SL
VS Commodore Berlina
VN Commodore Executive
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