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Holden Sportswagon Stars at Brisbane Motor Show

January 31st, 2008

The sleek new VE Sportwagon today takes centre stage on the GM Holden stand at this year’s Brisbane International Motor Show.

The Sportwagon is a production-based concept vehicle, and gives audiences a glimpse of the planned production model due to hit Holden showrooms in the coming months.

GM Holden recently took the wraps off the VE Sportwagon model and powertrain line-up, which increases the number of variants to seven from VZ wagon’s three variants. The Sportwagon line-up replicates the VE Commodore range with 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 the addition of Rear Park Assist as standard on all Sportwagons, underlining the vehicle’s appeal to both families and business.

Holden models appearing alongside the Sportwagon include the all-new VE Commodore Ute range, Rodeo, Captiva, Epica, VE Sedan range, WM Caprice and a range of small cars from Astra through to Barina.

VE Sportwagon

The VE Commodore Sportwagon takes the sedan's sporty design and engineering advances and integrates them into a stylish and practical wagon with strong family appeal.

The vehicle draws on the VE sedan at the front, with a sleek and sporty silhouette at the back and offers new levels of luxury in a Holden wagon. This is the third VE derivative after sedan and the newly released ute range.

VE Ute

The recently launched VE Ute is Holden’s first completely new ute design since the VU series in 2000. If offers more features, more usable interior space, greater storage flexibility and more performance than any of its predecessors.

The new Ute strengthens Holden’s position at the premium sports end of the ute market by introducing an all new SS V model to its VE Ute range.

Reflecting the trend towards premium performance products, VE SS V Ute offers enthusiasts an exciting level of high-end performance, comfort and style.

It is powered by Holden’s 6.0-litre Generation IV V8 engine which delivers 270kW of peak power and peak torque of 530Nm*, teamed with flagship six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.

VE Ute SV6 has the High Output Alloytec V6 engine matched with five-speed automatic transmission, 18-inch wheels and dual exhausts. Standard features include sports facias and sports suspension.

Since its launch, the VE Ute has received accolades from local media, winning the Drive COTY Best Ute 2007 (VE Ute SS) and Carsguide Reader’s Choice Award 2007 (VE Ute SV6).

VE Commodore/WM Caprice

The Commodore continues its 12-year reign as Australia’s number one selling passenger vehicle on the back of record V8 sales in 2007.

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

Launched in 2006, Holden’s VE range has won a swag of awards including 2006 Wheels Car of the Year (VE range), 2006 & 2007 MOTOR Bang For Your Buck (SS), 2007 Drive Car of the Year People’s Choice Award (Berlina) and 2007 Carsales Network People’s Choice Award (Large Car Category).

With an emphasis on active and passive safety in the vehicle’s design, all VE Commodore models are fitted with Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) as standard.

Special Edition VE Commodore Lumina

Available with an impressive level of standard features, the Special Edition Commodore Lumina is outstanding value for money.

Additional features include 18” alloy wheels (steel spare), Rear Park Assist, air-conditioning, body colour exterior mirror scalps and exterior door handles, Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity, special Lumina badging and distinctive front grille.


Having notched up its first full year of sales, the mid-size Holden Captiva SUV range continues to grow in popularity. On display are three Captiva models, the value-packed SX, seven seat LX and sporty five-seat MaXX.

With a choice of petrol or diesel powertrains, the LX and SX on display feature the economical and responsive 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine, which is compliant with Euro IV emission standards.

Available with a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission with Active Select (depending on model) Captiva Diesel is very fuel efficient, with the manual variant returning 7.6 litres per 100km and the automatic 8.6 litres per 100km (ADR81/01).

The Captiva MaXX is powered by an Australian-built Alloytec 3.2-litre V6 petrol engine, producing 167kW of peak power and 297Nm# of peak torque.

And with fully integrated ESP® and ABS systems, the Captiva range delivers an appealing choice in the medium and compact-sized SUV market.


Launched in 2007, the powerful turbo diesel Rodeo features several design enhancements, increased braked towing capability and a new five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission to manage the increased torque and retain a light shift feel.

The workhorse also boasts redesigned front and rear fascias, including front and rear lamps, updated over-fender flares and a bold bonnet air-induction scoop as part of the new turbo diesel's exterior changes.

Improved driver and passenger seating, new steering wheel, HVAC controls and interior trims, updated instrument clusters and interior side vents, plus redesigned transmission levers, makes Rodeo an outstanding range representing great value for money.

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 (up from 96kW at 3800rpm) and peak torque of 333Nm is achieved at 1600rpm (automatic) and 360Nm at 1800 rpm (manual)**.


The sporty AH Astra SRi turbo coupe, with its sleek silhouette and lowered stance, appears alongside the flexible Astra CDX wagon and the stunning Astra TwinTop which brings retractable hard top technology to the small convertible market at an accessible price.

The segment-leading TwinTop has a three-piece retractable hard top allowing the roof to fold tightly, ensuring the rear of the car remains space efficient and in perfect proportion.

A functional and stylish vehicle, it seats up to four people and boasts 205 litres of storage space when the roof is open and 440 litres when the roof is closed.

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

Small Car Range

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. Each delivers a refined and smooth ride and returns better fuel economy than some of the four-cylinder rivals in the mid-size sedan segment.

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.

The 2008 Brisbane International Motor Show takes place at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Friday 1 to Sunday 10 February.

Holden Vehicle Display – Brisbane International Motor Show 2008:

  • VE Commodore Sportwagon - Concept
  • CG Captiva SX Diesel
  • CG Captiva LX Diesel
  • CG Captiva MaXX
  • VE Commodore SV6
  • VE Commodore SS V
  • VE Commodore Calais V
  • VE Commodore Lumina
  • WM Caprice
  • VE Ute SV6
  • VE Ute SS V
  • RA Rodeo LT 4x4 Diesel Crew Cab
  • RA Rodeo LX 4x4 Diesel Single Cab Chassis
  • EP Epica CDX
  • EP Epica CDXi
  • AH Astra CDX Wagon
  • AH Astra TwinTop
  • AH Astra SRi Turbo
  • AH Astra Equipe Hatch
  • JF Viva Hatch
  • JF Viva Wagon
  • TK Barina Hatch
  • TK Barina Sedan

*Figures quoted using 98 RON (PULP)

# Power and torque figures as per ECE regulations

ESP® is a registered trademark of Daimler Chrysler AG

**Power and torque figures quoted in DIN

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