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2017 Holden Commodore Is The GM Zeta Platform’s Last Hurrah

The cold truth behind General Motors’ Australian arm is that local manufacturing isn’t sustainable. October 20, 2017, has been set as the final day of production at Holden’s Elizabeth plant, and on that day, the VF II Commodore will die as well.
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With the VF II Commodore, the HSV Gen-F2, Chevrolet SS, and Chevrolet Caprice PPV will also bite the dust, thus putting an end to the General Motors rear-wheel-drive Zeta platform. In 2018, the Opel Insignia-based NG Commodore will have to make do with front- or AWD and four- or six-cylinder engines.

‘Till then, however, Holden is going to milk the VF II cash cow with extra standard equipment. For 2017, pricing for the final update to the Australian-made Commodore starts from AUD 33,490 for the Ute in Evoke spec and with the auto box. The sedan kicks off from AUD 35,490, whereas the family-friendly Sportwagon holds a starting price of AUD 37,490. The most expensive model in the all-Australian family is the Caprice V-Series LWB V8 Auto, which is AUD 61,490 before other costs.

“Wait a second, where’s the manual tranny?” For whatever reason, the tried-and-tested stick shift is reserved for V8-equipped sedans and utes. On the upside, the 2017 MY Commodore lineup gains three new exterior colors: Light My Fire, Spitfire Green, and Son of a Gun Grey. “Is Light My Fire what I think it is?” Contrary to what The Doors’ most ardent fans might be thinking of, it’s an orangey hue.

“Commodore has always stood for leading driving dynamics, exceptional customer value and a striking road presence, and the 2017 Commodore is a perfect example of that,” said the automaker’s director of communications, Sean Poppitt. “Not only have we added some great styling enhancements like black accents and some stunning new colors, we’ve also dialed up the technology offering with head-up display and satellite navigation available on SV6 models,” he concluded.

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