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Commodore . . . but not as you knew it

HOLDEN fans’ wait is over and they will not be disappointed — the new Commodore range is everything they could have wanted.

Commodore has been an icon of the New Zealand motoring scene for over 40 years and there was some understandable trepidation at what the first of the new series would be like.

A combination of European styling and technology has produced vehicles that should proudly carry the badge for another 40 years.

Germans make some of the best cars in the world and the skill of their designers has gone into the new Commodore range. But equally important, they have designed and tailored the Commodore for Australian and New Zealand conditions.

That can be seen from the base level model which has a 2-litre petrol engine that produces an astonishing 191kW of power, more than some of the old V6s.

A big portfolio of goodiesMated with a nine-speed automatic transmission, it has a big portfolio of goodies like 17 inch alloys, LED tail lights and running lights, rain-sensing wipers, the MyLink entertainment system, dual zone climate control, and cruise control with a speed limiter.

Also in the package is Holden eye, with lane departure warning and lane keep assist, forward collision alert, autonomous braking, forward park assist and advanced park assist.

That model goes for $45,990, surprising considering the features.

A diesel version mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission is also available for people who regularly travel long distances and are economy- conscious.

Move on through the range and up to the V6 models, where a Holden follower will go into ecstasy.

The 3.6 litre Holden Commodore comes with 235kW of power and includes HiPer strut front suspension that gives the best possible connection with the road and makes cornering effortless.

The stylish new Commodores, with their European look, come in liftback, sportwagon and tourer body shapes.

In one major evolutionary shift, Holden has moved from rear-wheel- drive, giving the 2-litre petrol and diesel models a front-wheel-drive configuration, while the V6 models get adaptive all-wheel-drive systems.

These use Twinster all-wheel- drive with a lighter and simpler rear drive unit that utilises a twin clutch system rather than a traditional rear differential, and is capable of a 50/50 torque split between the front and rear wheels.

The all-wheel drive system monitors the input from the vehicle sensors approximately 100 times a second, giving it more knowledge of what the driver is doing and projecting where power and traction is needed.

Throughout its four generations, the Commodore has had three key values — a great family car, great to drive and delivering the latest in innovative new technology. This latest Commodore ticks those boxes.

They say everything comes to those who wait. For Holden buyers, the wait is over.






A combination of European styling and technology has produced vehicles that should proudly carry the badge for another 40 years. Pictures by Andy Serle