2012 Commodore Brings Improved Fuel Consumption And Design Tweaks

Mike Stevens | Sep 2, 2011

Holden has announced a number of updates to its Commodore line-up for the 2012 model year, including flex-fuel capability across the range and improved fuel consumption.

A number of "subtle design and feature enhancements" are also promised for the Commodore family - although details of these tweaks are on the top-secret list until production begins next month.

We can also expect a range of dedicated LPG models to do battle with Ford's Falcon EcoLPi from early 2012.

For the 2012 model year, Holden has added flex-fuel capability to its larger 3.6 litre SIDI V6 engine, joining the 3.0 litre SIDI V6 and Gen IV 6.0 litre V8 engines that featured the technology at launch of the updated VE II range in August last year.

With the update to the 3.6 litre V6, the entire Commodore line-up is able to run on bio-ethanol/E85 fuel - a blend of up to 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent petrol.

Bio-ethanol is made from the waste by-product of wheat, sugar and sorghum. Advances are also being made in converting household garbage into bio-ethanol.

“Caltex and other fuel retailers are making high ethanol-blend fuels available and we are working with our consortium partners to build Australia’s first second-generation ethanol plant to turn rubbish into fuel," Holden Chairman and MD Mike Devereux said.

“Alternative fuels like bio-ethanol and LPG offer great potential for Australia through reduced CO2 emissions, regional development and energy independence."

According to Holden, carbon emissions for Commodore cars running on bio-ethanol/E85 can be reduced by up to 40 percent.

Fuel consumption for the 3.0 litre SIDI V6-powered Commodore Omega has also improved, dropping from 9.1 l/100km to 8.9 l/100km.

The savings come thanks to an improved automatic transmission, featuring a revised torque converter and tweaks to reduce mechanical losses.

The air-conditioning system has also been re-engineered to improve efficiency and draw less operating power.

The updated-for-2012 Commodore range goes on sale in mid-September, with pricing and technical details to be revealed closer to launch.

Above: 2011 VE Commodore Omega
Above: 2011 VE Commodore Omega

Model year 2012 fuel efficiency

Combined Fuel Consumption (l/100km)

Vehicle

Engine

Transmission

MY11

MY12

Improvement

Omega/Berlina sedan

3.0L SIDI

Auto

9.1

8.9

2%

SV6 sedan

3.6L SIDI

Manual

9.8

9.8

SV6 sedan

3.6L SIDI

Auto

9.8

9.5

3%

SS sedan

6.0L V8

Manual

12.2

12.2

SS sedan

6.0L V8

Auto

12.3

12.3

SSV sedan

6.0L V8

Auto

12.3

12.3

SSV sedan

6.0L V8

Manual

12.2

12.2

Calais/Calais V sedan

3.6L SIDI

Auto

9.8

9.5

3%

Calais V sedan

6.0L V8

Auto

12.3

12.3

Omega Sportwagon

3.0L SIDI

Auto

9.2

8.9

3%

Berlina Sportwagon

3.0L SIDI

Auto

9.4

9.2

2%

SV6 Sportwagon

3.6L SIDI

Auto

9.9

9.8

SS Sportwagon

6.0L V8

Auto

12.3

12.3

SS Sportwagon

6.0L V8

Manual

12.2

12.2

SSV Sportwagon

6.0L V8

Auto

12.3

12.3

SSV Sportwagon

6.0L V8

Manual

12.2

12.2

Calais/ Calais V Sportwagon

3.6L SIDI

Auto

9.9

9.8

1%

Calais V Sportwagon

6.0L V8

Auto

12.4

12.4

Omega Ute

3.0L SIDI

Auto

9.6

9.6

SV6 Ute

3.6L SIDI

Manual

9.8

9.8

SV6 Ute

3.6L SIDI

Auto

9.9

9.8

1%

SS Ute

6.0L V8

Auto

12.4

12.4

SS Ute

6.0L V8

Manual

12.3

12.3

SSV Ute

6.0L V8

Auto

12.4

12.4

SSV Ute

6.0L V8

Manual

12.3

12.3

Caprice

3.6L SIDI

Auto

9.9

9.8

1%

Caprice V

6.0L V8

Auto

12.3

12.3

Model year 2012 CO2 emissions

CO2 Emissions (g/km)

Vehicle

Engine

Transmission

MY11

MY12

Improvement

Omega/Berlina sedan

3.0L SIDI

Auto

216

210

3%

SV6 sedan

3.6L SIDI

Manual

231

231

SV6 sedan

3.6L SIDI

Auto

234

228

2.5%

SS sedan

6.0L V8

Auto

292

292

SS sedan

6.0L V8

Manual

288

288

SS V sedan

6.0L V8

Auto

292

292

SS V sedan

6.0L V8

Manual

288

288

Calais/ Calais V sedan

3.6L SIDI

Auto

234

228

2.5%

Calais V sedan

6.0L V8

Auto

292

292

Omega Sportwagon

3.0L SIDI

Auto

218

210

3.5%

Berlina Sportwagon

3.0L SIDI

Auto

223

219

2%

SV6 Sportwagon

3.6L SIDI

Auto

236

233

1%

SS Sportwagon

6.0L V8

Auto

292

292

SS Sportwagon

6.0L V8

Manual

288

288

SSV Sportwagon

6.0L V8

Auto

292

292

SSV Sportwagon

6.0L V8

Manual

288

288

Calais/Calais V Sportwagon

3.6L SIDI

Auto

236

233

1%

Calais V Sportwagon

6.0L V8

Auto

297

297

Omega Ute

3.0L SIDI

Auto

229

229

SV6 Ute

3.6L SIDI

Manual

231

231

SV6 Ute

3.6L SIDI

Auto

236

233

1%

SS Ute

6.0L V8

Auto

296

296

SS Ute

6.0L V8

Manual

291

291

SSV Ute

6.0L V8

Auto

296

296

SSV Ute

6.0L V8

Manual

291

291

Caprice

3.6L SIDI

Auto

236

233

1%

Caprice V

6.0L V8

Auto

292

292

Above: 2011 VE Commodore Omega
Above: 2011 VE Commodore Omega

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