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cut the cost of the new VF Com­modore be­cause it is cheaper to build. It uses more parts sourced from Gen­eral Mo­tors’ global sup­pli­ers (pri­mar­ily the elec­tronic ‘‘ plat­form’’ which runs the car, and key com­po­nents such as steer­ing wheels, in­di­ca­tor and wiper stalks and other in­te­rior items).

The top-line Calais and SS mod­els are avail­able with a pre­mium Bose sound sys­tem for the first time. But as it was de­vel­oped pri­mar­ily for the US ex­port Com­modore, it is not avail­able on wagon or ute.

In an­tic­i­pa­tion of new rules al­low­ing the use of world-class ISOFIX child re­straints in Aus­tralia, all sedans and wag­ons come ready-fit­ted with the latch points (three across the back seat).

Ev­ery model uses less fuel than its pre­de­ces­sor, largely thanks to an aver­age weight loss of 43kg (an alu­minium bon­net, boot and other parts). The base Evoke av­er­ages 8.3L/100km— 23 per cent less than the Omega’s 10.9L and only 0.3L/100km more than the four­cylin­der Mal­ibu mid-size sedan.

The quest for econ­omy is helped by the switch to an elec­tric power steer­ing sys­tem, a smaller dif­fer­en­tial, low fric­tion oils and a re­cal­i­bra­tion of the engine’s fuel in­jec­tion sys­tem. The 3.0-litre V6 has 5kW less power, but more grunt from lower revs, which helps save fuel in com­muter driv­ing.

The out­puts of the 3.6-litre V6 and 6.0-litre V8 en­gines are un­changed, but their con­sump­tion fig­ures ben­e­fit from the weight re­duc­tion.

Holden cut 72.5kg from the sedan but the net re­sult was a 43kg sav­ing be­cause of the ex­tra tech­nol­ogy and fea­tures that were added, in­clud­ing ex­tra noisedead­en­ing ma­te­rial.

All au­to­matic mod­els can be started be­fore you get into the car, a sys­tem de­signed to warm the cabin in win­ter or cool it in sum­mer. An­other sim­ple in­no­va­tion is the boot lid which springs all the way open at the press of a but­ton, with­out the need for ex­pen­sive elec­tron­ics. This re­porter isonTwit­ter:

@JoshuaDowling

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