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17th May, 2013

Yesterday (Thursday 16th May 2013), the final example of the VE Commodore rolled off the line at Holden Vehicle Operations in Elizabeth, South Australia.

The last VE built was a Commodore SS Z automatic sedan, coloured Chlorophyll.

Sold on six continents and recording production numbers exceeding 520,000 for both local and global markets during its lifecycle, the VE Commodore and its variants have cemented a place in Australia’s history.

As Holden looks forward to the imminent launch of the new VF Commodore, the VE stands tall amongst Holden’s models and it forms the basis of the next Commodore – believed to be the final Commodore model. Designed essentially from a blank piece of paper, the VE was the “most Australian Commodore” Holden had ever built when it launched in 2006. A rolling showcase for the design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities of Holden, the VE and its variants were eventually sold on six different continents, predominantly under the Chevrolet nameplate: from Utes in South Africa and sedans in the Middle East and Brazil to police vehicles in the United States.

The VE also earned a following in the United States as the Pontiac G8 and in the UK, where Holden Special Vehicles iterations of the VE were sold as the Vauxhall VXR8.

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The excellence of the VE and Holden’s engineering team was also well recognised within GM globally, with the VE’s vehicle architecture forming the basis of the Chevrolet Camaro and much of the development work on the modern day American muscle car was done in Australia by Holden engineers.

The VE Commodore also stands as the most successful race car model in Australian motor sport history. After winning on debut at the Clipsal 500 in 2007, the VE went on to win an unrivalled 103 championship series races, three V8 Supercar titles and remains the only model to have won at Bathurst four times in a row.

“The VE Commodore was a landmark achievement for Holden. The company’s first ‘clean-sheet’ design allowed our team to show the world what Holden was capable of and the result was, and remains, a stunning car,” said Holden Executive Director – Manufacturing, Richard Phillips.

“It’s a bittersweet moment to be marking the end of VE production. It’s been such a great product for us and there’s so much pride around the VE here in the plant, but at the same time we’re excited about the future and the entire Holden team is energised by the imminent launch of the fantastic new VF Commodore,”

The Commodore is Holden’s longest-standing and most successful nameplate. First introduced in 1978, the Commodore name will have graced 15 model series when the VF Commodore goes on sale in June.

Almost 3 million Commodores have been made since 1978 when the first VB series sedans rolled off the Holden production line.

Holden VE Commodore By The Numbers:

  • Regular Production: July 2006 – May 2013
  • Built in four bodystyles: Sedan, Ute, Sportwagon and Long-wheelbase
  • VE and its variants sold on six different continents
  • 14 different VE-based models exported across the globe since 2006
  • More than 520,000 VE and derivatives built at Holden’s Elizabeth factory in South Australia
  • More than 350,000 VE and derivatives sold in Australia since 2006
  • More than 170,000 VE and derivatives exported globally since 2006
  • 103 series race wins in V8 Supercars, including three championships and four consecutive Bathurst victories



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