The clock may be ticking on Holden’s Australian manufacturing operations, but that doesn’t appear to have stalled interest in the brand’s best-selling model.
This week, the VF Commodore has reached a key milestone, with the 50,000th body rolling off the production line at Elizabeth.
Lucky number 50,000 belongs to a ‘Nitrate Silver’ SV6 sedan, and that’s fitting, with the SV6 proving the most popular trim grade in the VF line.
The landmark moment comes just 10 months on from the VF’s launch, and while the company has been mired in controversy since announcing a 2017 end for local production, Holden’s Richard Phillips believes there’s reason to be proud in the achievement.
“The VF is quite simply the best quality car Holden has ever built, and to see the 50,000th one roll off the line is a milestone everyone is very proud of,” Phillips said.
“VF delivers more advanced-technology features than any vehicle in Australian automotive history – making it the most technologically advanced car ever created in Australia.”
Speaking with TMR today, Holden communications manager Sean Poppitt confirmed that the 50,000 mark was reached off the back of the VF range, along with all long-wheelbase models and bodies destined for HSV enhancement.
And, while the bulk of orders for the VF range have been from within the Australian market, around 10 percent of production has been devoted to overseas orders: Chevrolet SS and Caprice PPV in the US, and Chevrolet Lumina in the Middle East.
In Australia, the VF range racked up 2777 sales in February, marking a 60 percent increase on 2013 and a 52 percent improvement year-to-date.
Among the VF Commodore line-up’s standard features are Auto Park Assist, MyLink with Siri Eyes Free for compatible mobiles and Rear View Camera.
Since its introduction with the VB model in 1978, more than 3 million Commodore variants have been built.
And, while the ‘Commodore’ badge’s future is still to be assured, the name remains Holden’s oldest and most successful.
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