Just months after launching the new VF Commodore, Holden has revealed a new special edition trim level for the Zeta-based model range. The news coincides with manufacturing commencement and U.S. launch of the Chevrolet SS (re-badged Commodore for the U.S. market) as well as the popularity of the VF in Australia putting order deliveries well into 2014.
Don’t let the trim name fool you; this is not a cheaper Chevrolet SS or a Holden-badged car to be sold overseas. As with previous Commodores of the same name, the ‘International’ serves as a special edition trim level. Like all special editions, the International is packed with additional or unique features than the trim it’s based on and all for a smaller price than what it would be to have the features added to the original trim.
In the past, International special edition models have been based on what Holden has dubbed the “comfort” trims of the Commodore (Sport and Luxury are the other two categories), with the most recent International (for the VE Series 2) being based on the Berlina trim. This meant the “comfort” trims were Omega, Berlina and Berlina International. With the VF Commodore, the new Evoke trim does double duty – serving as the “comfort” category offering while essentially replacing the Omega name. This resulted in a lack of a trim level that had more luxury/comfort than the base model (Evoke/Omega) but less than what is found in the top of the sports categories. Therefore, the introduction of the International trim has filled a void left by the departure of Berlina.
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The majority of Omega, Berlina and now Evoke sales are to fleet customers, with businesses purchasing or leasing the two comfort trims for the likes of managers, salesmen and sales representatives, with usually the higher-ranked employees getting the Berlina trim and the lower getting the base model. The lack of a top specification in the comfort category with the VF Commodore has resulted in less choice for businesses, which had to either go for a slightly more premium trim for certain employees or fork out more funds to get the flagship Calais trim. As such, the international trim delivers even more value for the money within the Commodore range and offers a more premium comfort trim without hindering sales of an existing upper specification of the comfort trim — something that the Berlina International did to the regular Berlina.
The one question now surrounds what will happen when the International special edition is discontinued. For its part, the Evoke has brilliant value for the money and features much more than what any base model should while lacking some premium touches needed in the comfort category.
2013 Holden VF Commodore International Additional Features
In addition to standard features found on the Evoke trim, the International adds:
- Daytime Running LED lights
- Dark Bezel headlamps
- Leather appointed seating and trim
- Blind Spot Alert & Reverse Traffic Alert
2013 Holden VF Commodore International Prices
- Evoke: $38,989 AUD
- International: $41,240 AUD
Prices according to Holden’s website, postcode of author entered.