The current generation Commodore is getting some cosmetic upgrades so that customers would remain interested while waiting for the arrival of the production version of the Commodore VF after two years, according to Holden, GM’s Australian division. The 2012 model year features several minor modifications to the interior and exterior.
The Commodore has also received the track-focused FE3 sports suspension on the Redline series.
The car’s exterior features some subtle chrome jewelry and several trim pieces have been added to the fog lamp housings and grille. The Omega version comes with a set of 16-inch seven-spoke alloy wheels, the Calais V, and a new lip spoiler. The powerful SS V-Series Redline Edition is equipped with forged and polished 19-inch alloy wheels and rear brake calipers.
Holden Chief Designer Sharon Gauci said that the color is meant to illustrate the “unique connection” that Holden and Australian motorsport icon Peter Brock had. She described Brock as a “fine ambassador” for Holden and as a very talented man.
She explained that Perfect Blue is its way of celebrating Brock’s achievements. There’s also a new series of exterior colors: Perfect Blue and Chlorophyll. The blue hue is meant to pay homage to Brock and his Formula Blue HDT Group A VK SS Commodore.
Bluetooth technology will be offered as standard on Holden’s Australian-built Cruze sedan (model year 2012 upgrade) and on its hatch range. Bluetooth technology used to be a dealer-fitted accessory available for AU$600. According to Simon Carr, Holden Director of Marketing, they decided to make Bluetooth as standard on 2012 Cruze in response to consumer demand. He remarked that it was only logical to make Bluetooth as standard on the Cruze as this technology has become an increasingly important feature for many customers.
This means that that Bluetooth is now standard on more Holden models -- Commodore, Barina and Cruze. While the 2012 upgrade means a minor price increase, the price tags for the hatch and sedan will be the same.
Carr disclosed that the recommended retail price for the Cruze CD and CDX range will surge by $250 while those for the SRi and SRi-V models will increase by $500. The price hike takes into account further upgrades and inclusions that will be disclosed closer to launch. Carr said Holden is committed to ensure that the Cruze range will stand for outstanding value for money – as proven by the amount of standard features and its five star safety credentials. The upgrades will be available starting mid-November.