Holden Commodore Omega (VE Series II)

The revised Commodore features a new touchscreen entertainment system and E85-capable engines across the range. iPod connectivity, climate control, reversing camera, and Bluetooth hands-free and streaming are also standard.


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In brief

Holden has released photos and limited details about its second significant update to the VE Commodore range, and the first since the car's 2006 debut to feature styling changes.

The updated Commodore range features seven trim levels: the entry-level Omega; the luxury-themed Berlina, Calais and Calais V-Series; and the sporty SV6, SS and SS-V. Body choices include a sedan, wagon and ute, although availability of each depends on the trim specification.

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Outward visual changes may be limited to lightly modified headlights, bumpers, grilles, alloy wheel designs and boot lid, but Holden has given all Series II VE Commodores updated dashboards, with specific design themes employed for the entry-level, luxury and sports variants.

Up-to-date tech

Standard across the range is a new entertainment system, dubbed Holden-iQ, that features a 6.5-inch touchscreen mounted high up on the dashboard. All Holden-iQ units have a CD player, auxiliary jack and a USB port with iPod support, as well as a reversing camera (not available on the ute), and Bluetooth for both hands-free and streaming audio.

Every model except the entry-level Omega also comes with 1GB of flash memory to store ripped CDs. Holden-iQ units on the SS-V and Calais V-Series models feature an updated navigation system with live traffic information, 3D map view and speed alerts.

Flex it

Three engines will be offered in the revised VE Commodore line-up: 3-litre and 3.6-litre V6s, and a 6-litre V8. The 3-litre V6 and 6-litre V8 have the capability to run on any blend of unleaded fuel running from standard (91RON) and premium (95RON and 98RON) to ethanol blends, like the commonly available E10 (10 per cent ethanol mixed with unleaded) to the rare E85 (85 per cent ethanol).

A bunch of aerodynamic modifications help to bring down fuel economy on petrol-sipping cars, with figures ranging from 9.1L/100km for the 3-litre V6 to 9.8L/100km for the 3.6-litre V6 and 12.3L/100km for the 6-litre V8. Buyers can also opt for a 3.6-litre V6 that drinks LPG at the rate of 13.4L/100km.

Outlook

Holden has so far released feature lists, fuel economy numbers and a limited number of photos, but has yet to reveal pricing and engine outputs. We expect more details to be released in the lead up to the car's public unveiling at this year's Sydney Motor Show in October.



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hotdoggin posted a comment   
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Can anyone tell me if the omega ve series II 2010 comes with navigation in the entertainment system as standard or whether I can install it?

 

car027 posted a comment   
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Your article is informative to me. Commodore is excellent and attractive . If you have interest about Holden Commodore VH/VK vx
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MAC07 posted a review   

The Good:"Everthing" Reliable, Features, Performance, great looks

The Bad:No a problem with mine

I have a series 1 VE SSV since 08 and it has been a fantastic car. Great handling and love the 6 litre V8. It's a six speed manual, and my gearbox shifts nice and quick, I have had not problems what soever.

It's my second commodore, my first was a VN 5 litre and I had driven that for 420,000 kays and just recently sold it because I did not have a need for two cars. That car was reliable too. So these people that say that Holdens are build like crap are full of C@#p.

Series 2 is very similar to my model just some cabin improvements. So I rate them 9 out of ten.

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DanielHsv0 posted a review   

The Good:**** Everything There **** Legendary

The Bad:**** nothin ****

There perfectly awesome and are better than ford in everyway!!!

 

Baldieman posted a comment   

The Good:holdens when they work

The Bad:holdens when they dont

I must say that i am a holden person but in all fairness... ford or holden... its the same crap. the cars are aimed at the same market for the same money and neither manufacturer can afford to be more pricey than the other for the equivalent car or they wont sell. ford and holden are like chocolate or strawberry, neither is any better than the other, only comes down to taste.
that said, the new iq system in my clubby sounds like **** and unfortunately it allways will because the noise floor is horrendous. features are great with the edi stuff but the audio quality really lacks with this "who flung dung" audio equipment they use but it comes down to the same argument i started with, if i wanted power AND quality/performance, i should have bought an AMG. unfortunately we all have to live within our means.


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    "Can anyone tell me if the omega ve series II 2010 comes with navigation in the entertainment system as standard or whether I can install it?"

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    "Your article is informative to me. Commodore is excellent and attractive . If you have interest about Holden Commodore VH/VK vx
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    "I have a series 1 VE SSV since 08 and it has been a fantastic car. Great handling and love the 6 litre V8. It's a six speed manual, and my gearbox shifts nice and quick, I have had not problems wha..."

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