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GM Holden's Coupe 60 to Star at Perth Motor Show

April 15th, 2008

GM Holden will showcase its latest concept vehicle the Coupe 60 alongside a comprehensive line-up of soon-to-be released and current Holden models when the Perth Motor Show opens next Tuesday.

The stunning Coupe 60, which recently made its world premiere in Melbourne, will take centre stage on the Holden stand, providing a glimpse of Holden’s future directions in design, engineering and emerging engine technologies.

GM Holden will also preview two unreleased Sportwagon models in Calais V-Series and SS V- Series guise, and special edition anniversary models of the VE Commodore and Captiva to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Holden 48-215.

Coupe 60

Dubbed Coupe 60, the stunning two-door pillarless coupe boasts sophisticated technology and sports performance, honouring 60 years of innovative design and engineering at GM Holden.

Powered by a 6.0 litre V8 engine incorporating the latest technologies including active fuel management and calibrated for E85 ethanol fuel (not currently available for purchase in Australia), Coupe 60 explores the limits of Holden’s current rear-wheel drive capabilities, combining racing looks and technology in a road going sportscar experience.

VE Sportwagon

With production of the all new VE Sportwagon soon to begin, GM Holden will display a Sportwagon SS V in Voodoo (aqua blue metallic) and Calais V in Karma (dark jade green metallic).

With a recommended retail price of only $1,000 more than its sedan equivalents, the VE Sportwagon line-up offers a new level of comfort, safety and styling in a Holden wagon, combined with sedan-like ride and handling characteristics.

VE Sportwagon will be available in the full range of VE Commodore variants including Omega, Berlina and Calais, plus the sporty SV6, SS and the range topping SS V and Calais V models.

Specifications will be in-line with VE sedan variants with ESP® and six airbags as standard with the added bonus of rear park assist across all models.

VE Commodore

Holden will display two new 60th Anniversary Commodore Special Edition models, the VE Commodore 60th Anniversary Special Edition and the VE SS V-Series 60th Anniversary Special Edition.

Based on the Omega, the VE Commodore 60th Anniversary Special Edition is fitted with $9,000 of extra value, including:

  • · New 18-inch alloy wheels (four)
  • · Onyx leather seat inserts
  • · Leather steering wheel
  • · Decorative moulding on instrument panel in micro silver
  • · Front grille insert
  • · Rear parking sensors
  • · Bluetooth® connectivity for compatible mobile phones
  • · Special ‘60th Anniversary’ rear badge

The VE Commodore 60th Anniversary Special Edition is on sale now and has a recommended retail price of $32,990*.

In addition to the standard SS V, the VE SS V 60th Anniversary Special Edition includes the following features:

  • · 20-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels (four)
  • · Electric sunroof
  • · Rear parking sensors
  • · Chrome surround exterior door handles
  • · High mount rear spoiler
  • · Special ‘60th Anniversary’ floor mats
  • · Special ‘60th Anniversary’ rear badge

The VE SS V 60th Anniversary Special Edition is on sale 1 May and has a recommended retail price of $55,690*.

The Holden stand also features some of the increasingly popular high-end Commodore models, including the sporty SV6 and range-topping Calais V.

All VE Commodore sedan models are fitted with Electronic Stability Program (ESP®), air conditioning and six airbags as standard.

VE Ute

Launched late 2007, VE Ute is Holden's first completely new ute design since the VU series in 2000. It offers more features, more useable interior space, greater storage flexibility and more performance than any of its Holden predecessors.

The new VE Ute has been strengthening Holden’s position at the premium sports end of the ute market and offers enthusiasts of this Australian icon new levels of comfort, performance and safety with ESP® as standard.


In its first full year of sales, Captiva was the third best selling model in the highly competitive Medium SUV segment in 2007. The introduction of a diesel variant in March last year proved popular with customers, accounting for more than half of Captiva sales in the last three months of the year.

Based on the Captiva LX, the Captiva 60th Anniversary Special Edition includes the following:

  • · Rear view camera
  • · 18-inch sports alloy wheels (four)
  • · Seven inch driver information display & in-dash DVD player
  • · Leather gear shifter
  • · New front fascia
  • · Front passenger underseat storage tray
  • · Electrochromatic mirror
  • · Silver premium painted skid plate, fog lamp inserts, roof rails & door handles
  • · New black bezel headlamps
  • · New tail lamps
  • · Special ‘60th Anniversary’ rear badge

The Captiva 60th Anniversary Special Edition is on sale 1 May and has a recommended retail price of $43,990* for the petrol variant and $44,990* for the diesel variant.

GM Holden’s display includes the Captiva 60th Anniversary Special Edition and the sporty five-seater Captiva MaXX.

WM Caprice

Holden’s top-of-the-range V8 flagship, the WM Caprice, is also on show combining space and luxury with performance and handling.

Standard features include a Bose premium audio system, remote control three-screen DVD with roof console, and a tri-zone electronic climate control system with foot level ducting to the rear compartment.


The powerful turbo diesel Rodeo on show features several design enhancements and increased braked towing capability.

The 3.0-litre VCDi common rail engine delivers 25 per cent more peak power while meeting strict new Euro IV emission requirements. Peak power of 120kW is achieved at 3600rpm and peak torque of 333Nm is achieved at 1600rpm (automatic) and 360Nm at 1800 rpm (manual)**.

All 4x4 turbo diesel variants now have a 3000kg braked towing capability, which represents an increase of 500kg on manual variants and 1000kg on automatic variants.


GM Holden’s new mid-size sedan, Epica, will be on display with its generous interior space, excellent standard specifications and stylish fit and finish.

Epica is available in two variants (CDX and CDXi) with a choice of either a 2.0 or 2.5-litre in-line six cylinder engine, depending on model. Epica’s impressive fuel economy (ADR081/01) is 8.2 litres/100km for the 2.0-litre manual variant and 9.3 litres/100km for the 2.5-litre automatic.

Small car range

The versatile flexible AH Astra CDX wagon will be displayed alongside the Astra SRi turbo coupe, which delivers outstanding performance.

These cars will be joined by the Astra CD Five-Door Equipe and the Astra TwinTop which brings retractable hard top technology to the small convertible market at an accessible price.

Complimenting the small car range, the Viva hatch and Barina three-door and sedan models will be on display, with levels of standard equipment that represent outstanding value for money.

Holden Vehicle Display – Perth Motor Show 2008:

  • · Coupe 60
  • · VE SS V Sportwagon
  • · VE Calais V Sportwagon
  • · VE Ute SS V
  • · VE Commodore 60th Anniversary Special Edition
  • · VE SS V 60th Anniversary Special Edition
  • · VE SV6 sedan
  • · VE Calais V sedan
  • · WM Caprice
  • · Captiva 60th Anniversary Special Edition
  • · Captiva MaXX
  • · Rodeo LT 4x4 Diesel Crewcab Pickup
  • · Epica CDXi
  • · Astra CDX wagon
  • · Astra TwinTop
  • · Astra SRi Turbo
  • · Astra CD Equipe 5dr hatch
  • · Viva 5dr hatch
  • · Barina 3dr hatch
  • · Barina sedan

The Perth Motor Show will run from Tuesday 22 April until Sunday 27 April.

ESP® is a registered trademark of Daimler Chrysler AG

Bluetooth® is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG Inc

*Excludes dealer delivery and Government charges. Available while stocks last.

** Power and torque figures quoted in DIN

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