Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Introducing ,Co the Clever Commodore

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Introducing ,Co the Clever Commodore

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It may not look much different, but Australia's best-seller car has had a major cabin makeover.

Holden has given the cabin of its best-selling Commodore a big technology upgrade, with a new in-car entertainment system that includes touch-screen menus, a USB interface and a smart satellite navigation system that can guide the driver around traffic jams.

With the new range Holden has finessed the formula that has made Commodore the nation's top selling car for 14 years straight, introducing smart multimedia technology, improved fuel economy and the capacity to run on environmentally friendly bio-ethanol. When it hits showrooms next month the VE Series II brings more multimedia features to the Commodore range than ever before through an all-new infotainment system that delivers full Bluetooth, USB, iPod and MP3 player integration across the range.

Known as Holden-iQ, the system is controlled through a clever, user-friendly touch screen mounted in the centre stack - the cornerstone of a refreshed interior across all models.

Introducing increased plug-and-play music functions and the ability to rip and store CDs on an internal flash drive, the system also delivers advanced satellite navigation features on selected models including live traffic condition alerts to help drivers avoid road congestion. Commodore's smart technology extends to the Series II powertrain line-up which delivers further fuel economy improvements on all models. Holden's frugal 3.0-litre SIDI V6 now achieves economy of 9.1 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres in the official ADR81/02 test.

The two per cent improvement adds to the 12 per cent fuel economy gain made in September last year when Spark Ignition Direct Injection engine technology was introduced to the Commodore range.

The 3.6 litre SIDI V6 used to power premium Commodore models makes average fuel economy gains of more than three per cent, while all luxury and performance models powered by Holden's Gen IV V8 improve on average by more than six per cent.

The fuel economy improvements also result in reduced emissions across the range with all V6 models now achieving a four-star rating in the Federal Government's Green Vehicle Guide. …

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