Any self-respecting automotive enthusiast never expected the VF refresh of the Holden Commodore to deliver any drastic changes to the Commodore vehicle line. In fact, it was widely-known that the VF would not sport major changes to the tried-and-true Zeta vehicle architecture, instead introducing incremental improvements in design, performance, safety, quality, convenience, and comfort. We all expected a gradual improvement of sorts… and that’s what we got.
But that’s not to say that what we got was not good; to the contrary, it was great: enhancements in nearly every aspect of the VE model line, and then some. From the front to the rear bumper cover, and from the cabin’s dash to the newfound quality of the interior, the VF Commodore is just oh-so-good strictly because product planners, designers, and engineers took an already-successful and proven formula of the VE, and improved on it in an all-around sort of way. In that regard, the VF doesn’t take an illustrious and awe-inspiring “change it all” approach to design or engineering… instead, it takes what is already loved and valued around the world, and makes small and incremental improvements to it.
If that sounds familiar, that’s because the gradual improvement formula represents the most forward-facing part of Toyota’s Continuous Improvement model. But even more important is the ensuing conclusion for those who truly care about cars: evolutionary improvements of automobiles should not carry a negative connotation, and should instead be embraced by enthusiasts and “average drivers” alike.
And while that may not be a world-shattering conclusion, it’s something that we as automotive enthusiasts should consider when making up our opinions about cars — the wonderful creations of engineering, design, and manufacturing — that we have the luxury of driving today, no matter if that comes in Holden Commodore or Chevrolet SS flavors.