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Holden Commodore

VF Commodore

Holden logo1 May 2013

By TIM NICHOLSON

REPLACING both the Omega and Berlina, the Evoke aims to bring a bit of up-market pizzazz at a base Commodore price.

Brandishing a unique grille treatment to differentiate it from the other VF front fascias, the 1622kg Evoke sedan (Sportwagon: 1717kg) still gains their weight-saving measures and hot metal stamping techniques for a 43kg saving compared to the VE Omega sedan equivalent, while gaining extra strength.

Losing weight in order to cut fuel consumption has been central to the VF program, with aluminium used for the first time in the bonnet, boot lid and some suspension components.

Improved aerodynamics (by seven per cent for the drag co-efficient rating) also benefits economy.

The revised 3.0-litre SIDI direct-injection twin-cam V6 petrol engine delivers 185kW of power at 6700rpm and an identical 290Nm of torque at 2600rpm to the rear wheels, via a six-speed automatic transmission.

It demonstrates a substantial 6.7 per cent economy boost compared to the Omega version, for 8.3 litres per 100km.

Moving to the heavier 3.6-litre SIDI vapour-injection LPG model, it pumps out the same 180kW at 6000rpm and 320Nm at 2000rpm as before, and also uses a six-speed auto gearbox.

Using the FE1 suspension tune with MacPherson struts up front and an independent multi-link arrangement for the rear axle, Holden says it optimised the Evoke’s ride and handling for refinement, security and response.

Calibrated for comfort, the ‘Touring’ electric rack and pinion steering system is speed-variable. Like all VFs, the Evoke has also undergone a substantial noise/vibration/harshness reduction drive. On the tech front there is right-angle as well as parallel automatic parking complete with rear-view camera and front and rear sensors (dubbed ‘Auto Park Assist’), an eight-inch touchscreen with MyLink app voice recognition, ‘Siri’ voice-control integration, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and audio streaming.

Every five-star ANCAP-rated Evoke also includes improved stability and traction control tech (Bosch System 9), ABS anti-lock brakes, six airbags, power windows, electric mirrors, remote central locking, and 16-inch alloy wheels.

The rest of the VF Commodore line-up consisted of the SV6, SS, SS-V, SS-V Redline, Calais and Calais V variants.

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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