At a private event in the stylish Docklands in Melbourne, Australia this morning, Holden unveiled the 2013 VF Commodore. Being a “show car”, what we see here today isn’t a concept or a prototype; instead, it’s the actual vehicle that will arrive to dealerships across Oceania, but perhaps wearing different wheels and offering different color schemes inside and out than what we see here today. So, what does the 2013 VF Commodore offer? In a word, improvements. Lot of them.
Designed and engineered at GM Holden’s headquarters in Port Melbourne, Victoria, Holden calls the VF the “most technologically-advanced car ever created in Australia”; the VF is safer, more user-friendly, more fuel-efficient, and more luxurious and refined than its predecessor — qualities that make it the best Commodore ever, according to the Roaring Lion brand.
“The VF Commodore really is a class above,” said Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mike Devereux. “No other car created in Australia is as technologically advanced, and we’re very proud that not only was the VF designed and engineered here, but it will also be exported to the USA for GM’s biggest global brand, Chevrolet.”
The show car presented today was the Calais V-Series sedan — Holden speak for the range-topping model that’s designed to offer luxury and high performance, at the same time.
The exterior carries a congruent, upmarket theme that consists of an illustrious silhouette and an athletic, wide track stance. But the exterior design of the Commodore VF isn’t only about looking good, as it’s also purposeful: the VF is more aerodynamic than the VE Commodore it replaces, while utilizing lightweight aluminum panels along with other fuel saving features such as electric power steering — qualities that allow the VF to be more fuel efficient than the VE. Other exterior design qualities include:
- Up front: the higher, wider front end features complex hood surfacing with a subtle central power bulge; raking spears point focus at prominent signature trapezoidal grilles
- Jeweled halogen projector headlamps incorporate a ‘curved blade’ park lamp effect
- Lower air intakes are flanked by LED daytime running lamps and fog lamps
- New front fenders complement the flared, aero-sculpted wheel arches
- In profile: an upper decklid line that kicks into a slim integrated spoiler; chrome fender vents, larger, multi-spoke, machine-faced wheels
- At the rear: a wider, more planted stance; streamlined, uncluttered graphics are dominated by intricately jeweled new tail lamps that extend into the decklid
- All in all, the VF’s evolutionary exterior design is a dynamic and mature execution that’s more sculptural and highly refined, with exceptional finishes, richer detailing, and bright accents.
Complementing the evolutionary exterior is a luxurious and lavishly-appointed interior, with a new instrument panel, console, cockpit, seats, steering wheel, switches, shifters, and textures. “You name it”, says Holden Design Director Andrew Smith, “no detail has escaped attention.”
Among the interior themes of the VF Commodore are:
- All-new instrument panel with integrated centre stack and cowled instrument dials combining infotainment, climate and other controls into a contemporary piece of modern electronics
- Stylish new seat designs feature new structures and luxury comfort profiles
- Quality, layered trim finishes in smooth soft-feel leather and suede with perforated leather inserts are accented by twin-needle stitching
- Strokes of bright and galvano silver chrome and metallic embellishments gleam against jet black and light titanium background hues
- Ice blue ambient lighting illuminates a redesigned centre console with versatile small item storage solutions and maxi cup holders
- Ergonomic improvements include a new steering wheel design and a console-mounted electric park brake button (goodbye handbrake, and goodbye brake-based “power slides”)
- Power window switches are relocated to the armrests and the boot release control is now on the driver’s door
The VF also brings with it a host of new technology features that assist the driver and make the vehicle safer. These include:
- Auto Park Assist (APA): included on on all models, allows the driver to operate the pedals while the car effectively parks itself. Unlike many similar systems, APA also allows drivers to choose between a parallel or 90 degree angle park
- Holden MyLink: the latest version the Chevy/Holden infotainment system
- Keyless entry and start: allows drivers to unlock, lock, and start the vehicle without ever touching the key
- Reverse Traffic Alert: warns of vehicles passing when reversing out of spaces
- Blind Spot Alert, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning
- Head-Up Display: projects vital safety information such as the car’s speed directly onto the windscreen
On Sale Mid-2013
The new Calais V-Series sedan, which is previewed by this show car, will serve as the flagship of the extensively-upgraded VF Commodore model range. Expect an on-sale date of the VF in the middle of 2013.
Other sport-oriented models, such as the SV6, SS, and SS-V, along with the base model and Caprice full-size sedan, are expected to be shown later.
Manufacturing & Assembly
The VF Commodore will be built at Holden Vehicle Operations in the Adelaide suburb of Elizabeth, South Australia. Certain high-performance units will be exported to North America as the Chevrolet SS Performance Sedan.
Holden has not released specifications at the time of publication. We will update this page once they become available.