Holden Commodore to get new engines

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  1. #1 SupraMan, Aug 3, 2009
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    Holden Commodore to get new engines

    3 Aug, 2009


    GM Holden will tomorrow unveil significant updates to its Commodore range aimed at cutting fuel consumption and luring buyers back to the declining large car market segment.

    Holden will take a different course to that recently announced by major rival Ford, instead unveiling smaller and more fuel-efficient versions of its V6 engine.

    It will also unveil a six–speed automatic transmission, which coupled with a 3.0-litre version of its V6 engine, is aimed at cutting fuel consumption by 10 per cent from the current 10.6 litres per 100 kilometres.

    As part of the revised engine plan the Commodore powerplant will also be fitted with direct injection, which is expected to give the Commodore class-leading fuel efficiency.

    The announcement of the revised VE Commodore has been widely tipped in the media for some time, but it became imminent when Holden late today issued a succinctly worded invitation to the media for tomorrow morning.

    The statement said; “Holden chairman and managing director Mark Reuss will hold a media conference tomorrow to make a major announcement about the Holden Commodore sedan, Sportwagon and Ute, Statesman and Caprice.”

    One thing is almost certain the car will not be the often-discussed VF Commodore but rather an updated VE, possibly called a Series II.

    Mr Reuss, who last week revealed he would be leaving Australia shortly to take up a very senior post with GM in Detroit, has repeatedly said he believed the VE should undergo significant but ongoing changes, rather than a “major model revamp.”

    The direct injection system, previously found only on much more expensive vehicles and used by GM on the 3.6-litre V6 engines that power its Cadillac range, will be a focus of the Commodore’s improved fuel efficiency.

    CarAdvice believes the direct injection engines will be called SIDI, Spark Injection Direct Injection, as with the Cadillac version of the V6.

    All V6 engines will get a version of the direct injection but those in the SV6 and Calais will use a 210kW 3.6-litre version.

    Picking the new Commodores on the road will be a difficult task as styling revisions have been kept to a minimum with changes only made to improve aerodynamics and drag efficiency.

    One thing is certain there will be a lot more equipment on all models as Holden seeks to increase the value argument to draw customers back to the large car.

    The Holden news comes a little over a week after Ford revealed would fit a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine to the Falcon large car from 2011.

    Ford says the EcoBoost four-cylinder Falcon will be up to 20 per cent more efficient than the existing six-cylinder, which means fuel economy could be in the order of 8.0L/100km.

    Holden won’t have the new Commodore on sale for at least another month but wants to build anticipation as its seeks to stem the trend towards smaller cars.

    It is also fighting to keep the Commodore in its position as Australia’s top selling sedan, and up to June it was just over 3000 units in front of its small car nemeses the Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla.
  2. Calais and SV6, 210kw = good.
  3. #3 SupraMan, Aug 4, 2009
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 25, 2016
    Holden Commodore engine updates revealed

    4 Aug, 2009


    Following on from our story yesterday, the CarAdvice team are this morning attending a press conference at Holden’s Fishermans Bend engine facility to discuss changes to the powertrain line-up for the VE Commodore and WM Statesman range.

    Although the conference has just begun we can bring you news already as follows:

    * 3.0-litre SIDI V6: This new engine will produce 190kW at 6700rpm and 290Nm at 2900rpm and will manage a fuel consumption figure of 9.3L/100km (combined). The 3.0-litre unit will be available in Omega and Berlina sedan, Sportwagon and Ute models.
    * 3.6-litre SIDI V6: The existing 3.6-litre unit will gain SIDI technology and will be available across the remainder of the VE range (SV6, Calais & Calais-V), as well as six-cylinder WM models. The engine will see a performance increase to 210kW at 6400rpm and 350Nm at 2900rpm.
    * Transmissions: All SIDI V6 engines will now be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission as standard.
    * LPG: LPG powered V6 engines now achieve a fuel economy figure of 13.4L/100km (combined) as well as being the most CO2 emission friendly car in its class.
    * Price: Most VE and WM models will not see any increase over the current recommended retail price.
    * E85: Next year an E85 fuelled alternative will also be made available with this engine to be exported globally. Export vehicles to be powered by the Aussie V6 include SAAB’s new 9-5 model.
    * Design: Exhaust manifold integrated into cylinder head to advance quality, save weight, reduce construction cost and increase efficiency. 3.0-litre engine some 10kg lighter than 3.6-litre unit.
    * Market: 3.0-litre engine claimed to be “sweet spot” for the current VE model range although a 2.8-litre unit was available. Holden may utilise this engine in the future as powertrain and vehicle weight changes come about or if the market calls for it.
    * Export: Opportunity exists for Chinese export of engines in the near future.

    Fuel Efficiency, CO2 and engine specification tables below:
  4. Are you the new Aych Es Vee?
    Keep the 'other countries' forum alive! because I'm too lazy

    The DI 3.6L in the Cadillacs is 225kw, I wonder why the Calais and SV6 isnt quite up to that..
  5. My money is on to keep fuel economy competitive, emissions down and to allow room to 'upgrade' it in the future...remember VT II SS's only coming with 220kw...
  6. GM Holden’s revised Commodore large car will bring new fuel efficiency under a skin that is virtually unchanged from the present car, except for the badge on the boot.
    When CarAdvice saw outgoing Holden chairman and managing director Mark Reuss pull the covers off the new Commodore at the Holden Engine operations plant in Melbourne’s Fishermans Bend this morning we were hard pressed to notice the difference.

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