2012 Holden Commodore gets some cosmetic upgrades

Article by Christian A., on September 18, 2011

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.

Press Release

News on updates to Holden Commodore and Cruze ranges

We've got the first pictures right here of two new eye-catching colours for our Commodore and Cruze ranges.

Also included in today's announcement:
Subtle exterior and interior enhancements for VE Commodore
FE3 sports suspension available across all three Redline bodystyles
Bluetooth to be introduced as standard across Cruze sedan and soon-to-be-released hatch range
New Colours
The two new colours, named Perfect Blue and Chlorophyll, have been designed by our Port Melbourne-based Colour and Trim team for our local sports line-up for the new manufacturing year, MY12.

Motorsport fans are sure to love Holden’s classic new Perfect Blue exterior colour as it pays homage to Australian motorsport legend Peter ‘Perfect’ Brock and his famous Formula Blue HDT Group A VK SS Commodore, which became an instant collectible when it was launched in 1985.

Holden Chief Designer Sharon Gauci said Holden had a unique relationship with Peter Brock during his 40-year motorsport career so Perfect Blue was particularly special.

“We wanted the colour to express that unique connection Holden had with Peter, who was an incredibly talented man and a fine ambassador for Holden. Peter left a lasting impression on Holden and our company heritage so Perfect Blue is our way of celebrating his achievements,” she said.

Chlorophyll, the second all-new hero colour for MY12, captures the fashion-driven trend for rich colours inspired by natural, environmental elements.

Both Perfect Blue and Chlorophyll will be available on MY12 Commodore, which goes into production today, and the MY12 Cruze range launched later this year.

MY12 Commodore Updates

In keeping with Holden’s strategy of continuous improvement, our design team has added extra embellishment to enhance VE Commodore for the new model year.

Selected models receive chrome accents to highlight the Series II front fascia, while Omega is fitted with new 16” seven-spoke alloy wheels. A new lip spoiler enhances the styling of the luxury range-topping Calais V.

The extra embellishment extends to the cabins of Berlina and Commodore sports range with silver stitching added to complement the optional Onyx and Razor leather interior trim.

SS V models fitted with the optional Redhot interior trim gain additional Redhot stitching on the seats and door trims.

The Holden iQ multimedia system has been updated for compatibility with the latest smartphones and offers improved Bluetooth functionality.

The advanced handling dynamics of Holden’s popular SS V Redline Edition are even more appealing with Holden’s track-inspired FE3 super sports suspension set-up now standard across all three body styles – sedan, Sportwagon and Ute.

Positioned at the top of Holden’s sports performance range, the SS V-Series Redline Edition also gains new-look forged and polished 19-inch alloy wheels, to complement the Brembo 4-piston front and rear brake calipers, which are now painted in Holden red.

MY12 Cruze
Holden will introduce Bluetooth as standard across the Australian-built Cruze sedan and soon to be released hatch range, enhancing the popular vehicle’s appeal even further.

The integrated feature, previously a $600* dealer fitted accessory, will be standard as part of a model year 2012 Cruze update on sale from mid-November.

Holden Director of Marketing, Simon Carr, said the addition of the technology was in response to consumer demand.

“Bluetooth has become an increasingly important feature for many motorists so it made sense to make it standard on Holden’s second best-selling carline,” Mr Carr said.

“Bluetooth is now standard across a number of Holden’s most popular carlines including Commodore, the all-new Barina and now Cruze.

Minor price changes will accompany the upgrade but will be no premium for the hatch over the sedan range.

“The Cruze CD and CDX range’s recommended retail price will increase by just $250 while the SRi and SRi-V models will increase by $500 to take into account other new inclusions to be announced closer to launch,” he said.

“We’ve made a commitment that the Cruze range will continue to stand for outstanding value for money and when you take into account the amount of standard features and its five star safety credentials, it’s hard to argue.”

Year to date, Holden Cruze is Australia's third best selling passenger car.

*Holden fitted Recommend Retail Price.

Topics: holden, sedan, australia

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