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VE Commodore Omega

1 Sep 2006

The Executive is dead, long live the Omega.

As the bread-and-butter fleet sedan the Omega is the Commodore entry point with 16-inch steel wheels, black low-gloss door handles and little else in the way of exterior adornment.

Inside there are electric windows, four-way electric driver’s seat and cruise control. Even the entry Commodore gains electronic stability control – standard across the VE range – with brake assist, dual front airbags and a host of other structural safety upgrades.

Side and curtain airbags are part of an optional “side protection pack” on the Omega. Unfortunately too, for a fleet vehicle, Bluetooth connectivity costs extra so it pays to drive a hard bargain at the dealer.

In the hardware stakes the VE Commodore is light-years away from the VZ.

The VZ’s semi-trailing arm rear-end has been replaced by a sophisticated four-link independent rear suspension and the front MacPherson strut unit replaced by a new strut design that employs a double-ball jointed lower A-arm.

Larger wheels compliment VE’s all-new rack-and-pinion steering system, which is now mounted ahead of the front axle to deliver better feel and response.

The Omega comes with Holden’s 3.6-litre Alloytec V6, which develops 180kW @ 6000rpm and 330Nm @ 2600pm (up 8kW and 10Nm over the previous model).

The ageing four-speed automatic also carries over, albeit with some software upgrades to improve shift quality and aide economy.

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When it was new

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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