Holden has ruled out the possibility of a diesel engine for its new VF Commodore, pointing to a lack of options and an already efficient petrol range.
Speaking with TMR this week, VF program engineering manager Andrew Holmes said that after lengthy consideration, a suitable diesel option has not been found.
“For the last five years on and off, we’ve been looking at putting a diesel into the Commodore,” Mr Holmes said.
“But we haven’t yet found one in the GM stable that gives us what we would consider a good fit for this car.”
Greg Tyus, director of engineering, explained further:
“Putting a diesel, any diesel, into the Commodore wasn’t going to be cheap and would almost certainly add several thousand dollars to the car. You need to recoup that extra cost in fuel savings.”
“As it stands, we’ve already dropped fuel use with the standard petrol engines, and dropped the price of the car, so a diesel doesn’t make sense right now.”
You could however soon see the return of paddle shifters to the Commodore in future performance models.
Paddle shifters were first introduced on the VZ Commodore in 2004, but limited to higher-output V6 models. The setup was dropped in 2006 with the VE Commodore.
But, with the 6L80 MYC transmission in action with this new range, the addition of paddle shifts for the VF Commodore is again a compelling argument.
Indeed, at the launch of the VF Commodore in Canberra this week, Mr Holmes stopped short of confirming the introduction of paddle-shifters to future Commodores, stating only that they "may be" coming.