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Holden On For The Future: Commodore VXR.

We’re not far from seeing the cessation of automotive manufacturing here in Australia, with Holden, Toyota, and HSV due to wrap up before the end of 2017. Holden will move to fully sourcing cars from Europe and with the sale of Opel to PSA Group, owner of Peugeot and Citroen, have a potentially larger portfolio to choose from. In the interim, however, Holden has provided details of the forthcoming Commodore and that’s a decision that’s divided Holden fans. That decision is to have kept the nameplate of Commodore and not move to something else.
Gone is the SS nameplate and replacing it is VXR. Here are the details.It packs a 3.6-litre V6 engine pumping out 235W and 381Nm, is paired with a 9-speed transmission and adaptive all-wheel drive system boasting torque vectoring technology and a twin-clutch rear differential. Combined with the selectable drive modes, the all-new Commodore VXR blends power with control for ultimate driver engagement. Differentiating the VXR as the jewel in the next-generation Commodore crown, the range-topping model boasts Brembo front brakes and a unique sports set-up allowing drivers to switch between driving modes. Driver-adjustable settings include Continuous Damping Control (CDC), steering, transmission and the adaptive AWD system.

The next-generation Commodore VXR will be on sale alongside the rest of the sedan range, along with Sportwagon and Tourer body styles, in early 2018.NEXT-GENERATION COMMODORE VXR KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

Performance credentials:
3.6-litre V6 engine
9-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifter select
Adaptive AWD with torque vectoring
Hi-per strut suspension
Three driver-select modes for engaging drive experience;

Sports inspired styling:
Front and rear sports fascias
Unique VXR rear lip spoiler
20-inch alloy wheels
Unique VXR sports performance front seats
Heated and ventilated leather front seats

Cutting-edge driver assistance systems and technology:
Next-generation Adaptive LED Matrix headlights
360 degree camera
Autonomous Emergency Braking (with pedestrian protection)
Adaptive Cruise Control
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist
Forward Collision Alert
Side Blind-Zone Alert
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
Head Up Display

The next generation Commodore VXR also adds sports styling to its “Sculptural Artistry Meets German Precision” design language with bespoke twenty inch wheels, larger rear spoiler, front and rear sports fascias, and premium VXR sill plates.

Head to for details on the current and forthcoming range.


  1. John Kierath says:

    Could be interested at or soon after release

    August 24th, 2017 at 11:01 am

  2. Brendan O"Byrne says:

    Holden will be joining Leyland in Australian car sales. Gone

    August 24th, 2017 at 2:12 pm

  3. barry grier says:

    Once it sinks in to new car buyers that Holden will not be making cars in AUSTRALIA anymore,i think sales will drop off in a big way.

    August 24th, 2017 at 4:18 pm

  4. Victor Boulton says:

    What about Australian jobs in Manufacturing Cars? What about young people learning the automotive trades? Why do we want to see only foreign made cars racing at Bathurst? Is this the end to the V8 supercar races which Australian’s loved.What about job losses in the Australia automotive support industry?

    I suppose the next generation of cars will be made by robots, people will become more irrelevant, next thing Australia will decide is stop caring for the elderly, they are too costly.

    I doubt if either of the two mainstream political parties will survive the backlash.

    Perhaps it is time to give a smaller party a chance to see if they can do better for the Australian people. Perhaps One Nation may be worth a try next election. Australia needs to start manufacturing materials from its own raw materials, right here in Australia and be a product exporter not a product importer.

    God help us, we have been failed by our leaders. Victor

    August 24th, 2017 at 7:24 pm

  5. Brian says:

    Victor. You ask about the Australian jobs? Maybe you should ask the leaders of the militant unions. They have been blackmailing employers for years and the likes of Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Mitsubishi etc have had enough. They are fully aware that they can produce just as good if not better vehicles in other countries at a much cheaper price. I made a statement some 45 years ago “that the unions would price themselves out of a job”.
    It has come to fruition and the unions are still not satisfied.
    We used to produce a lot of clothing in Australia years ago, but try and find anything made here now. All gone oversees. The “bird” has flown and it won’t come back.

    August 25th, 2017 at 12:36 pm

  6. Peter says:

    Victor to late, Brian your 100% correct when unskilled labor expect to earn $80 thousand a year plus with RDO,s in manufacturing & building expect what you get, it’s no rocket science.

    August 25th, 2017 at 7:51 pm