Holden Commodore VE
The Holden VE Commodore is a full-size car that comes as a 2-door ute, a 4-door sedan or a 5-door hatchback. There are also variants by Holden's performance arm, Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) which go under an HSV badge. It has been produced by Holden, a General Motors subsidiary, since 2006. It also has been badged as a Holden VE Berlina or a Holden VE Calais
The Holden Commodore VE superceded the previous Holden Commodore VZ and is the 14th Commodore version produced by Holden since 1978. This is however the first Commodore that was designed specifically by and for the Australian market.The designers effectively started with a "clean sheet" and after 7 years and A$ 1 Billion came up with the VE.
Holden Commodore VE Variations
In a desperate pitch to increase sales there have been a ton of different "limited-edition" variants of the basic VE. These include;
- Commodore V-Series: This was released in October 2006 and included air conditioning, a sports-oriented body kit including 17" alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and colour-matche trim.
- Commodore Lumina: This was released in June 2007 with a luxury theme this was pretty similar to the V-Series apart from the rear spoiler and the addition of rear-parking sensors and Bluetooth.
- Commodore 60th Anniversary: This was released in 2008 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Holden's first vehicle. This had 18" alloy wheels, leather seat trim.
- Commodore International: This was released in 2009 and included front fog lamps, a six CD stacker along with all the other goodies from previous releases.
- Commodore SV6: This had a more powerful High Output Alloytec V6 engine and either a 6-speed Manual or 5-speed Automatic Transmission. It also came with a Body Kit and a sports suspension with
- Commodore SS: This was broadly similar to the SV6 but had a 6.0 litre V8 engine and 6-speed Manual transmission, it also had quad exhaust outlets instead of the dual outlets of the SV6