Large busi­ness car

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THIS has been a mile­stone year for Holden, with the demise of auto production in Aus­tralia herald­ing much hand­wring­ing and tears on the part of the Holden Faith­ful, who can no longer point to Com­modore as an An­tipodean au­to­mo­tive art­work. The Com­modore for a new gen­er­a­tion is now sourced out of Europe and in tran­si­tion­ing hemi­spheres, has also lost an­other iconic el­e­ment, that of the petrolpow­ered V8. Could Com­modore ever re­cover? Could Holden? Given that the ZB Com­modore range has been se­lected for the Com­pany Ve­hi­cle Large Car of the Year award, the an­swer is a re­sound­ing ‘yes!’ The new ZB Com­modore is a vast im­prove­ment over the pre­vi­ous model. It’s more re­fined and far more so­phis­ti­cated than ever be­fore. It is also a show­case of GM tech­nol­ogy in ev­ery re­spect, in­clud­ing safety and in­no­va­tive equip­ment and spec, en­gine tech­nol­ogy and de­sign. The Com­modore line-up is ex­ten­sive and in ad­di­tion to the petrol-pow­ered ver­sions, now in­cludes a su­per slick, diesel en­gine in the mix (as well as two spin off large wag­ons and of course, the up­mar­ket Calais and Calais V vari­ants. En­gines are ei­ther two-litre turbo petrol/diesel, or 3.6-litre V6 with AWD. Nine-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sions are stan­dard across all mod­els, ex­cept the diesel, which takes an eight-speed. Nat­u­rally, there is a peck­ing or­der as far as spec­i­fi­ca­tion is con­cerned and, just as with the Com­modores of old, the en­try level ver­sion is hardly a shrink­ing vi­o­let. The LT comes equipped with au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, lane keep as­sist, for­ward col­li­sion alert, (all re­ferred to as Hold­en­eye), along with pas­sive en­try and push but­ton start and as part of the Mylink in­fo­tain­ment pack­age, phone pro­jec­tion with Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto. You also have cruise con­trol, six airbags, elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol, front and rear park as­sist with cam­era and LED day­time run­ning lamps. Fol­low­ing that is the RS, the RS-V and the VXR, ev­ery one be­ing a notch up or two from the ve­hi­cle be­fore. The Calais and the Calais V are a lit­tle dif­fer­ent from what you’d ex­pect too. The Calais be­ing the Holden def­i­ni­tion of lux­ury, the Calais V, a lit­tle lux­ury with the devil in­side. As to the en­gines, the two-litre ver­sions of­fer up 191kw and 350Nm of torque for the petrols with the diesel sum­mon­ing up 125kw and 400Nm of torque. The larger dis­place­ment 3.6-litre sixes de­liver up 235kw and 381Nm of torque.

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