Holden has made fuel-efficiency improvements across its popular V6-powered Commodore range with a model year 2012 update and introduced two new eye-catching colours for its home-grown Commodore.
The new colours, named Perfect Blue and Chlorophyll, have been designed by Holden’s Port Melbourne-based Colour and Trim team to adorn its local sports line-up for the new manufacturing year, MY12.
Improving fuel economy and CO2 emissions
Combined with on-going vehicle mass reduction, Holden engineers made a number of enhancements to the new model year V6 models to improve fuel economy:
All automatic V6 models now feature an improved, more efficient transmission which reduces mechanical losses and the 3.0 litre SIDI variants also benefit from a revised torque converter. The air-conditioning system has also been re-engineered to improve efficiency and draw less operating power.
Holden has delivered consistent efficiency gains for Commodore since the launch of the VE range in 2006. Fuel economy on the entry-level Omega sedan has improved 18% over the life the model with the addition of Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI) technology, calibration improvements and other weight saving and aero enhancements.
Commodore Omega sedan, powered by the Australian-built 3.0 litre SIDI V6 engine, achieves new fuel economy of 8.9L/100km, down from 9.1L/100km on the previous model.
The continued focus on fuel economy means Commodore is still the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the large car segment and is competitive against many popular mid-sized four-cylinder vehicles.
With the model year update all Commodore vehicles will become flex-fuel capable with 3.6L SIDI V6 engine, powering models like the popular SV6, now also able to run on bio-ethanol/E85; a blend of up to 85 per cent ethanol and 15 per cent petrol.
MY12 Commodore Updates
In keeping with Holden’s strategy of continuous improvement, the design team has added extra embellishment to enhance VE Commodore’s classic exterior design and rear-wheel drive proportions for the new model year.
Selected models receive chrome accents to highlight the Series II front fascia, while Omega is fitted with new 16” seven-spoke alloy wheels. A new lip spoiler enhances the styling of the luxury range-topping Calais V.
The extra embellishment extends to the cabins of Berlina and Commodore sports range with silver stitching added to complement the optional Onyx and Razor leather interior trim.
SS V models fitted with the optional Redhot interior trim gain additional Redhot stitching on the seats and door trims.
The Holden iQ multimedia system has been updated for compatibility with the latest smartphones and offers improved Bluetooth functionality.
The advanced handling dynamics of Holden’s popular SS V Redline Edition are even more appealing with Holden’s track-inspired FE3 super sports suspension set-up now standard across all three body styles – sedan, Sportwagon and Ute.
Positioned at the top of Holden’s sports performance range, the SS V-Series Redline Edition also gains new-look forged and polished 19-inch alloy wheels, to complement the Brembo 4-piston front callipers, which are now painted in Holden red.
The multi-award-winning VE Commodore continues to make a strong and dramatic design statement. Holden has embellished the Commodore range with subtle design enhancements to distinguish the new range for MY12.
Holden’s classic new Perfect Blue exterior colour pays homage to Australian motorsport legend Peter ‘Perfect’ Brock and his famous Formula Blue HDT Group A VK SS Commodore, which became an instant collectible when it was launched in 1985.
Working from the original paint chip from Holden’s extensive design archive, Holden Colour and Trim’s Charlene Spiteri designed a cleaner, brighter reinterpretation of Formula Blue using new paint and colour technologies. The result is a restyled blue which retains the solid appearance of the original paint with subtle metallic highlights at close range.
Chlorophyll, the second all-new hero colour for MY12, captures the fashion-driven trend for rich colours inspired by natural, environmental elements.
A sophisticated teal chromatic bright, Chlorophyll is designed with layers of colour that create an element of surprise and strong colour shifts as you move around the car.
Update 21 February 2012
Offering large car convenience with small car running costs, Holden’s all-new dedicated LPG Commodore combines sophisticated technology, five-star safety, outstanding driveability and incredibly low fuel running costs with the space, comfort and practicality of Australia’s iconic Commodore range.
An intensive engineering project, the dedicated LPG Commodore program has clocked up more than 1.3 million development kilometres to deliver a vehicle perfectly suited to Australian conditions and driving tastes.
The program goals for the LPG Commodore were simple:
- Achieve class-leading CO2 emissions
- Achieve fuel running costs comparable to, or better than, many small petrol cars
- Achieve a seamless drive experience in-line with petrol Commodore models.
LPG Commodore has met – or exceeded – each of these goals. The thorough and extensive engineering program has resulted in numerous local engineering solutions and several patents being awarded, ensuring the LPG Commodore is tailor-made for Australia.
The heart of the dedicated LPG Commodore is its 3.6-litre, double overhead cam V6 engine with four valves per cylinder. This advanced engine has been specifically developed to run on LPG, therefore allowing extensive design optimisation in several key areas.
LPG Commodore Omega sedan emits just 189g/CO2 per kilometre – the lowest figure of any locally-built six-cylinder sedan and cements the LPG Commodore’s position as a fantastic option for private customers and fleets alike.
The sophisticated dedicated LPG system ensures the entire LPG Commodore range is awarded an outstanding 4.5 out 5 score in the Green Vehicle Guide.
LPG Commodore’s environmental credentials are further bolstered by exceeding stringent Beyond Euro 6 exhaust emissions standards across the range.