After eight years the final VE Commodore, an SS Z Series automatic sedan model which was painted in ‘Chlorophyll’, has rolled off the line at Holden Vehicle Operations in South Australia.
The VE Commodore was recently named by Wheels Magazine as “the best Australian car ever”. The model and its variants have established a place in Australia’s motoring hall of fame after having been sold in six continents and registering production numbers exceeding 520,000 for both local and global markets during its lifecycle, according to a media release from Holden. More than 350,000 VE and derivatives have been sold in Australia since it launched in 2006, and 170,000 exported globally.
“As Holden looks forward to the imminent launch of the new VF Commodore, the VE stands tall as a landmark in Holden’s – and Australia’s – motoring history,” says Holden.
The VE Commodore is considered the most successful race car model in Australia’s motorsport history, with 103 championship series races under its belt, an unrivalled record. The VE Commodore also won on its debut at the Clipsal 500 in 2007, has three V8 Supercar titles under its name, and remains the only model to have won four consecutive times at Bathurst.
“The VE Commodore was a landmark achievement for Holden. The company’s first ‘clean-sheet’ design allowed our team to show the world what Holden was capable of and the result was, and remains, a stunning car,” said Holden’s Executive Director for Manufacturing, Richard Phillips.
“It’s a bittersweet moment to be marking the end of VE production. It’s been such a great product for us and there’s so much pride around the VE here in the plant, but at the same time we’re excited about the future and the entire Holden team is energised by the imminent launch of the fantastic new VF Commodore,”
“The VF is the most advanced car ever created in this country, a car that takes the winning values and trademark driving dynamics of the VE and elevates it to a new level of luxury, technology and sophistication,” said Mr. Phillips.
The iconic car was designed essentially from a blank piece of paper, and has gone on to be recognized by the world motoring media as a winning combination of style, quality and world-class driving dynamics. Among the accolades that the car has received include:
- News Limited CarsGuide Car Of The Year 2006 – Calais V
- Fairfax Drive People’s Choice Award 2006
- Fairfax Drive Car Of The Year’s Best Ute Award 2007 and 2008 – SS
- MOTOR Magazine Bang For Your Buck winner 2006 – SS
- Wheels Magazine Car Of The Year 2006
- Nominated for World Car Of The Year 2006
- Pontiac G8 shortlisted for North American Car Of The Year 2008
“The excellence of the VE and Holden’s engineering team was also well recognised within GM globally, with the VE’s vehicle architecture forming the basis of the iconic Chevrolet Camaro and much of the development work on the modern day American muscle car was done in Australia by Holden engineers,” according to the release.