Holden to limit Commodore production before 2011 update

April 26th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Holden confirmed last week that it will limit production of the current-generation VE Commodore, in anticipation of an update to the range scheduled for later this year.

In July and August of this year, Holden’s Elizabeth plant in South Australia will shut down operations for 13 days, allowing Holden to reduce existing stock at dealers and holding yards.

Speaking at a recent press event, a spokesperson for Holden  said that a new agreement with the Australian car industry union have allowed Holden to slow production and schedule run-out sales on its current Commodore line.

“Ahead of updating our locally produced Commodore range later this year, we need to prepare for a smooth run-out of the current model within the plant,” the spokesperson said. “To do this, we have been working with the union to balance short-term manufacturing plans that will allow us to taper production of the current range, before ramping up with the new model.”

The announcement comes after last month’s news that strong international demand has seen Holden actually boost production of its 3.0 litre V6 petrol engine.

Holden Commodore GTR edition coming to NZ

March 3rd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Holden’s GTR badge is ready for a comeback with a limited number of Sedans and Sportwagons due to arrive in NZ this April.

With only 114 Limited Edition GTRs being produced customers will need to be in quick to snap up the hot sports styling and spectacular features the GTR offers.

The GTR delivers over $6,000 of additional value with features such as integrated DVD player, 19″ Veloce wheels, Rear Park Assist, leather seats and a reversing camera on the Sportwagon, for just $2,000 more than SV6 pricing.

Simon Carr, Holden New Zealand’s managing director, says the 2010 Limited Edition GTR is the most powerful GTR yet. “The last GTR model was launched in 2007 and since then Commodore has come a long way in terms power and fuel economy, with the 3.6l SIDI direct injection V6 engine in the 2010 GTR delivering 210kW of power and a 10% improvement in fuel economy.”

The 2010 Limited Edition GTR Sedan and Sportwagon are available in four colours Redhot, Phantom, Poison Ivy and Nitrate.

All GTR buyers will also receive a numbered certificate of authenticity.

Pricing:

  • Limited Edition GTR Sedan $56,090
  • Limited Edition GTR Sportwagon $58,290