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19th February, 2013

Holden has confirmed that all three Commodore body styles – sedan, Sportwagon and utility – will go on sale at the same time when the new VF series is released in mid-2013.

The announcement comes as the company ramps up customer quality and on-road engineering evaluation programmes around the nation.

As part of VF’s ongoing development, Holden engineers will conduct more than 1.4 million kilometres of local and overseas validation testing before the first VF Commodore reaches Holden showrooms. This includes 350,000 kilometres of customer verification testing of early production models by Holden employees during the next few months.

Since the programme’s inception in 2009, Holden has introduced a range of new measures to ensure the VF Commodore exceeds customer expectations.

With a focus on the true needs of Australian car buyers, Holden has examined customer feedback dating from 2003 to define programme quality targets and develop vehicle functionality, content and features.

Holden Chief Engineer Brett Vivian said customer experiences of Holden and competitor products were front loaded into VF programme planning from the very beginning.

“Our aim with VF was to challenge people’s perceptions about our cars and get them excited about large cars again,” he said.

“The insights we’ve gained from customer feedback have played a critical role in shaping the VF programme, resulting in a fantastic-looking car that is the most refined Commodore we’ve ever engineered”.

“It’s also packed full of features and technology that take the driving experience to new levels”.

“We’ve put VF through its paces around the globe – from Sweden to North America to the Middle East, but the most critical testing is the thousands of evaluation kilometres we cover on local roads in Australia”.

“Whether sedan, Sportwagon or Ute, the new VF is a car we can all be very proud of – it’s a truly great drive.”

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Calais V-Series luxury sports concept reveals fresh exterior design treatments and a sculpted, 'muscular' form that boosts aerodynamic efficiency. While a new, detailed and luxurious approach to the interior design has resulted in a tailored, refined and harmonious blend of quality materials, integrated themes and thoughtful ergonomics ..... more

Holden Commodore VF revealed
10th February, 2013
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Holden VF makes its U.S. debut as Chevrolet SS
17th February, 2013
As Chevrolet’s first V8, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan since 1996, the new VF Commodore based Chevrolet SS sedan is designed to deliver performance on the street and on the track ..... more

VF export edition becomes a "Pace Car"
25th February, 2013
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