New VF Holden Commodore to save weight with aluminium panels

In 2014 Holden is on track to launch its next-generation VF Commodore and the new model comes carrying serious expectations and some new technology. Fans can expect significant savings in fuel economy, improved aerodynamics, new electric power steering and it will also be the first Aussie-built car to use mass produced aluminium panels in its construction. To remain competitive with vehicles like the Toyota Camry Hybrid, Holden’s Commodore will be saving weight wherever it can.

Total fuel savings will be in the region of 7% off the current figures of the VE Commodore range (pictured). This will drag the 9.1lt/100 km combined rating of the 3.0 L V6 SIDI down to a more acceptable 8.4 lt/100 km. The older 3.6 L Alloytec V6 will drop to 9.1 lt /100 km (26 mpg) down from its current 9.8 lt/100 km. The fuel saving measures are partly funded by the Australian federal government, which has used AU$39.8 million from the discontinued Green Car Innovation Fund.

The entire VF model’s development will apparently cost just AU$189 million which is a huge decrease on the rumoured one billion that was spent on the VE Commodore.

With aluminium paneling being up to 50% lighter than steel, it’s a clever move for the next-gen Commodore but with many large sedans now turning to hybrid powertrains, by 2014 the modest fuel savings may not be enough. Is a Commodore hybrid going to be on the cards? There are certainly plenty of rumours so don’t rule it out completely.

Check back as we bring you more info on the 2014 VF Commodore project.

Click here to read a Car and SUV review of the 2011 VE Commodore SS Redline Edition

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