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: