Holden Commodore VZ is the thirteenth model of the lineup Holden Commodore, a full-size car produced by a big player in the Australian automotive industry, Holden.
Introduced in August 2004, the car debuted a new generation of 175 and 190 kilowatts (kW) (235 and 255 hp), 3.6-liter (L) Alloytec V6 in place of the old 3.8-liter ECOTEC V6. These new Alloytec DOHC engines have continued until the VE Commodore which was released in August 2006. A new 5L40-E 5-speed automatic transmission from General Motors was introduced to the sport and variants V6 Luxury.
VZ is known for being the only Commodore series of recent times not to officially introduce a Series II update of the range, but a series of mechanical changes were made in January 2006. Holden introduced the new L76 6.0 liter V8 to its range. The V8 has been slightly detuned, and both Displacement on Demand and variable valve timing have been removed. The base V6 also increased from 175 kW (235 bhp) to 172 kW (231 hp) and 190 kW (255 hp) V6 went 340-335 Newton meters (Nm) at the same time, to meet ADR 79/01 ( Euro III) emission standards, which entered into force 1 January 2006.
The advanced 3.6-liter Alloytec engines are more powerful, responsive and fuel efficient than the outgoing ECOTEC V6. Coupled to all new and upgraded transmissions that deliver noticeable increases in all-round driving refinement. To achieve 190 kW (255 hp), the Alloytec V6 gains variable valve timing on both intake and exhaust sides, and a dual-stage intake manifold, while the 175 kW (235 hp) version retains variable valve timing on the intake side only . Selected models bring advanced active safety features that electronically assist the driver in maintaining vehicle control in emergency situations.
The VZ Commodore was available in several variants, most of which are reported in the range VY, with the exception of the recent introduction SV6, a disciplinary level, which replaced the S range All models in the range Commodore (Executive, Acclaim, Berlina, Calais, SV6, SV8 & SS) were available as a sedan, and wagon variants of the Executive, Acclaim and Berlina was available. VZ Commodore lineup was the last to use the Executive & Acclaim nameplates, both of which would later be replaced by a new model in the Commodore Omega VE.
Sales of the Commodore VZ not match those of the previous Commodore VY, in light of the increasing sales of small cars, higher fuel prices and increasing interest in replacing the VZ, the VE.
Commodore VZ sedans were replaced by the VE Commodore range in August 2006, while the Wagon & Ute should be lived for almost another year. Ute production ended in August 2007, while the last car rolled off line Holden Elizabeth plant September 6, 2007.
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