Commodore tuned to Aussie tastes
Australians love a ute and the Colorado fits the bill perfectly. The fact that it is built elsewhere doesn’t really matter, as like many Holden products, the company’s local engineers had significant input and undertook substantial development of the vehicle to make sure it was just right for Australian conditions.
And now, with the launch of the all-new Commodore, Holden’s Lead Dynamics Engineer, Rob Trubiani and his team have again worked their magic producing a clearly different Commodore to its predecessor, but one that still possesses the core DNA our customers expect of a Commodore. It may have been designed and built in Germany but it’s been made GREAT for Australia!
“The history of the Commodore isn’t lost on me,” he says. “I wanted to make sure the car delivered what a Holden Commodore should.”
“We’ve been working with the Opel team in Europe for a few years to make sure the key attributes of a Commodore are present in this car but when it comes to how it feels, that’s work we have to do here,” says Trubiani.
Together with extensive testing and tuning carried out at our Lang Lang Proving Ground, Holden drivers covered over 200,000km on local roads to develop the unique suspension and steering tuning for Australian models.
“Australians have different driving tastes to Europeans and Americans. Here we like cars to feel more connected to the road and more engaging to drive. It’s all about road feel and steering,” he says.
The Aussie affinity with a V6 engine also meant that GM was convinced to throw the 3.6-litre V6 engine into the mix for the Commodore as an alternative to its turbo four-cylinder engine.
“We also drove exhaust changes. The V6 has a bit more character, a little bit of a bark. We got better flow out of the exhaust for better response and it feels livelier and sounds better.” Explains Jeremy Tassone, Vehicle Development.
And to ensure its power gets to the road where it is needed, the V6 models feature a state of the art “Twinster” adaptive all-wheel drive system, along with the advanced nine-speed automatic transmission that is standard across the entire new Commodore range.
It’s the sort of advanced technology that can be found throughout the new model from the comprehensive standard safety kit such as autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and semi-automatic parking system to a 7-inch touchscreen Holden MyLink infotainment compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. And that’s just the entry-level LT model.
Sports models like the VXR V6 AWD are simply loaded with hi-tech features for comfort and convenience including best in class adaptive LED Matrix headlights, adaptive cruise control, 360 degree camera, heated, ventilated and massaging electric seats as well as Bose premium audio systems.
With such high levels of spec and extensive local input into the engineering side of things, the new Commodore is well and truly worth checking out.
As Trubiani says: “The new Commodore will surprise people, the 3.6-litre V6 is a heap of fun and the 2.0-litre turbo is a dark horse.
“I’d encourage people to go check the car out for themselves. They won’t be disappointed.” Trubiani concludes.
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Learn more about the local team behind the all new Commodore in this