Just days after the last Holden VE Commodore rolled off the assembly line at the Elizabeth plant in South Australia, production for the new VF Commodore commenced, marking the launch of the “most advanced car ever created in Australia.” The first VF model to roll off was a Calais V V8 sedan, which has a recommended retail price of $52,990, plus $550 for the Prussian Steel prestige paint.
According to Holden, the VF Commodore manufacturing process uses an aluminium bonnet (the hood) and boot (the trunk) lid for the first time on an Australian car, and highlights the skills and capabilities of Australian manufacturing. Key supplier to Holden, Hirotec, stamps these aluminium panels in Adelaide before delivering them to Holden. Combined, these two aluminium components save 10.4kg (22.9 lbs) compared to conventional steel pressings. These new panels are equally as strong as the outgoing steel units but are 30 percent lighter – offering significant weight and fuel economy savings.
The new VF Commodore arrives in showrooms in June 2013, recommended retail prices start at $34,990 RRP for the automatic Evoke sedan.
Chevrolet SS production will soon follow.