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Increased Choice With VE Sportwagon Line-Up

January 23rd, 2008





GM Holden has taken the covers off its highly anticipated new VE Sportwagon model and powertrain line-up, due to arrive in the first half of 2008.

Revealed at the 2007 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, the all-new VE Sportwagon boasts a sporty design and engineering advances that create a stylish yet practical wagon.

The line-up will offer 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 the addition of rear park assist as standard on all wagons.

Philip Brook, GM Holden’s Director of Marketing, said Holden would now have a Sportwagon for every type of customer.

“This exciting vehicle will appeal to a whole new generation of private and user-chooser customers, while remaining a fleet favourite,” Brook said.

“We’ve expanded our wagon range from the three variants we had at VZ, to an impressive seven VE variants to ensure there’s a Sportwagon for everyone.

“Sportwagon is the perfect addition to the VE Commodore range and will put excitement back into this traditionally conservative segment.”

VE Sportwagon’s pricing and full specifications and features will be announced closer to the start of sales.

VE Sportwagon Model and Powertrain Line-up:

  • Omega Alloytec V6 with 4 speed auto transmission
  • Berlina Alloytec V6 with 4 speed auto transmission
  • SV6 High Output Alloytec V6 with 5 speed auto transmission
  • SS Gen 4 V8 with 6 speed manual transmission or Gen 4 V8 with 6 speed automatic transmission (optional)
  • SS V-Series Gen 4 V8 with 6 speed manual transmission or Gen 4 V8 with 6 speed automatic transmission (optional)
  • Calais High Output Alloytec V6 with 5 speed auto transmission
  • Calais V-Series High Output Alloytec V6 with 5 speed auto transmission or Gen 4 V8 with 6 speed automatic transmission (optional)

VE Sportwagon Highlights

Overview:

  • Great style, performance and practicality for families and businesses.
  • All the storage advantages that comes with a wagon.
  • Seats 5 adults in comfort
  • Higher cargo floor making it easier to load items into the cargo area.
  • Flexible cargo cover for security, with innovative D-pillar tracks for added functionality.
  • 60:40 split 2nd row seat, which can be folded flat for storage of larger items.
  • Innovative opening tailgate which requires less opening space

Safety

  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) standard on all models
  • Driver, front passenger and side impact airbags available on all models
  • Curtain airbags available on all models
  • Occupant protection system designed for the real world driving environment
  • Ultra-stiff body structure, multiple load path strategy and structurally optimised front & rear deformation zones

Technology

  • Rear Park Assist will be standard fitment on each model.
  • Zone-based front and rear park assist systems available on selected models
  • Roof-mounted DVD system available on selected models
  • Integrated navigation system available on all models
  • Multi-function driver information display system
  • Bluetooth available on all models

Performance

  • The multi-link Linear Control Suspension system is the most advanced suspension design ever under a Holden
  • Large, fade-resistant brake systems help reduce stopping distances
  • Increased diameter wheel and tyre packages for braking and cornering control
  • Two V6 engine versions will be available, as on Sedan; An Alloytec 3.6 litre V6 with single exhaust, and the Alloytec High Output 3.6 litre V6 with dual exhaust
  • 6.0 litre Generation 4 Alloy V8 coupled with a six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic transmission

The production version of the VE Sportwagon will be unveiled at the 2008 Melbourne International Motor Show, starting 29 February.

ESP is a registered trademark of Daimler Chrysler AG


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