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Holden Commodore

VE Commodore Calais

1 Sep 2006

The Calais remains the premium luxury offering in the Commodore range for those who do not need, or want, the extra wheelbase offered in the Statesman range.

Holden has kept the car’s sports suspension, a carry over from the previous model, which does not detract from the car’s sure-footed ride and handling.

The ride is still cocooning and occupants would be largely unaware they were travelling in a car with similar suspension settings to some of the sporty Commodores.

Visually, the Calais is differentiated from lesser Commodores by its projector headlights, chrome grille header with mesh grille insert, 17-inch five-spoke alloys, larger tail-lights with clear smoked outer lens, dual round chrome exhausts, chrome ringed foglights, chrome door surrounds and body coloured door handles and mirrors.

Inside, the entry Calais gets fabric/leather seats (full leather is optional on the Calais but standard on the Calais V), dual front, side and curtain airbags, six-way power driver’s seat, colour information display for audio, heating and stereo, dual-zone climate control, height and reach adjustable leather steering wheel, white-faced instruments, six-way electric front seats, foglights, sliding front centre armrest, electric windows/mirrors, dual exhausts and chrome door handles.

It is now no secret that Holden used the BMW 5 Series for the Calais’ ride control and chassis dynamics and it shows. There is a new-found precision in the way the Calais rides, handles and stops.

Like the SV6, the Calais’s standard engine at launch was the High Output Alloytec V6. The 3.6-litre engine, developing 195kW @ 6500rpm and 340Nm @ 2600rpm and mated to a standard five-speed automatic (or six-speed automatic on the V8).

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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Holden models

ZB Commodore
VT II Commodore Calais
VT II Commodore Berlina
VC Commodore SL
VT II Commodore Acclaim
VE Commodore Berlina
VS Commodore Calais
VE Commodore SV6
VX II Commodore SS
VY Commodore Acclaim
VF Commodore
VY II Commodore Berlina
VC Commodore SL/E
VS II Commodore SS
VX Commodore Calais
VH Commodore SL/E
VR Commodore Executive
VX II Commodore Berlina
VY II Commodore Calais
VC Commodore L
VX II Commodore Acclaim
VZ Commodore SS
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
VE Commodore SS V
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