Australia’s own, Holden, finally revealed the eagerly awaited and badly needed VF Commodore today. Not a complete overhaul, nor a minor revamp but somewhere in between, the car features technology that will be a list of firsts for an Australian built vehicle. Items such as self parking, HUD (Heads Up Display) combining with a completely revamped interior, aluminuim panels, a redesigned front and rear have brought the VF Commodore into, some would say, the 21st century.
A Wheel Thing’s initial thoughts, based on two official Holden press releases (http://gmholden.fatfish.com.au/assets/files/VF/130210-VF-Calais-V-Show-Car-Design-Overv.pdf and http://gmholden.fatfish.com.au/assets/files/VF/130210-VF-Calais-V-Show-Car-Revealed.pdf) and this (thanks Wheels magazine and Top Gear Australia: http://motoring.ninemsn.com.au/wheelsmag and http://www.topgear.com/au/photos/VF-Commodore-FIRST-PICS) are largely favourable.
The exterior: the glasshouse remains the same, with even the wing mirrors unchanged. A major change to the front, with a revamped headlight cluster, well placed LED driving lights and Jaguar style inserts into the front fenders leading to what seems to be a shortened rear with the loss, thankfully, of the triangular brake lights, replaced with a rounded combination of Cruze and Camaro.
The interior (based on the car being a Calais V) is a complete do-over. Gone: the much maligned handbrake, redone as a console mounted electric unit. Gone: the simple to use but stalk mounted cruise control, replaced by a steering wheel mounted setup. Gone: the once handsome but fading with time centre console, redone with the formerly top mounted aircon vents now flanking a larger touchscreen infotainment system with the aircon dials also showing the temperature inside them. Gone: the centre console mounted widow switches, moved to the driver’s arm rest, along with a re-situated boot release, moved from the glovebox.
No major mechanical changes but a lighter body with some extra aero changes should increase fuel economy.
A Wheel Thing has applied to be part of the prelaunch drive group, as the VF Commodore is nor due for release until mid 2013. For now, however, the promise of a new Commodore plus the confirmation the VF is now NOT the last Commodore bodes well….for the time being.