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Holden Commodore

VE Sportwagon

Holden logo1 Jul 2008

By LUCIANO PAOLINO

The VE Sportwagon replaced the VZ Commodore wagon, but it was a very different kind of car. That model was a plain Jane fleet special with a big load area in the back.

Holden positioned its new wagon as a sexy and sporty model than blended practicality and style.

Unlike the old model that was only available in three variants, there were a wagon versions of all VE model grades, including the storming V8 SS and luxury Calais.

That meant available engines included a base 3.6-litre V6, the higher output V6 and the mighty 6.0-litre V8 of the SS and Calais.

It demanded a $1000 premium over its sedan sibling.

The Sportwagon had 895 litres of cargo area with all the seats in place, which opened up to 2000 litres with the rear seats folded down.

In September 2009 the VE range was updated, with the centrepiece being a new direct-injection, EU4-compliant 3.0-litre V6 for the Omega and Berlina variants offering improved fuel economy by a claimed 13 per cent over the 3.6-litre unit it superceded.

The 3.6-litre engine continued throughout the rest of the V6-powered range and also received the direct-injection treatment.

In addition to the new engines, 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.

Holden models

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