It was an Australian built car, made for Australians. The Holden VE Commodore was the first vehicle over the nameplate’s history to receive a start-from-scratch redesign, all done in house.
Believe it or not, the VE Commodore will celebrate its 10th anniversary this weekend, when it launched in 2006. To celebrate, Wheels put together a small tribute to one of the most Australian cars ever made.
Dedicated designers and engineers, led by now General Motors Vice President of Global Design, Michael Simcoe, began penning a car that would become a classic across the globe.
Not only did the love affair stay planted in Oz, but the VE Commodore found its way to the Middle East as the Chevrolet Lumina and Caprice, and to North America as our Pontiac G8, providing a shot in the arm for the defunct marque. And damn were we close to getting a Pontiac-badged ute…
With four-doors, rear wheel drive and a 6.0-liter V8 offered, it provided family vehicle capability with plenty of power to boot.
It’s a car many remember, and will not be forgotten any time soon, as Holden wraps up local manufacturing with the VF Commodore and its many variants. It’s certainly a car I personally will never forget having the chance of owning.
Do you have any fond memories with the VE Commodore or its global variants? Do share them in the comment section below. And, if you’re looking for more Holden love from the United States, check out our road trip of the 2009 Pontiac G8 GT and 2015 Chevrolet SS across Michigan here.