Holden VY Commodore

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Holden VY Commodore
Holden Commodore VY Sedan.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Holden
Also called Holden VY Berlina
Holden VY Calais
Chevrolet Lumina
Chevrolet Omega
Production September 2002–August 2004
Assembly Elizabeth, South Australia, Australia
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
2 door coupé utility
Layout FR layout
Platform GM V platform
Related Holden VY Adventra
Holden VY Ute
Holden VY Crewman
Holden VY One Tonner
Holden V2 II Monaro
Holden WK Statesman/Caprice
HSV Y Series
Powertrain
Engine

V6

  • 3.8 L 152 kW (204 hp): ECOTEC
  • 3.8 L 171 kW: (229 hp) Supercharged

V8

  • 5.7 L 225 kW (302 hp): Gen III LS1
  • 5.7 L 235 kW (315 hp): Gen III LS1
  • 5.7 L 245 kW (329 hp): Gen III LS1
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Dimensions
Length 4,891 mm (192.6 in)–5,046 mm (198.7 in)
Width 1,842 mm (72.5 in)–1,847 mm (72.7 in)
Height 1,450 mm (57 in)–1,545 mm (60.8 in)
Curb weight 1,522 kg (3,355 lb)–1,590 kg (3,510 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor Holden VX Commodore
Successor Holden VZ Commodore

The Holden VY Commodore is an automobile which was produced by Holden in Australia between September 2002 and August 2004. The VY Commodore, which was the twelfth Holden Commodore series, was the successor to the VX Commodore. A VY Series II was released in August 2003 and that made way for the updated VZ Commodore range in August 2004.

The VY Commodore was available in several models. These are the Commodore Executive, Acclaim, S, SV8 and SS and the Berlina and Calais models which were not badged as Commodores. All the models in the VY range were offered as sedans and the Executive, Acclaim and Berlina were also available as wagons. Unusually, the VY also introduced a limited edition SS wagon featuring the same 235 kW (315 hp) (245 kW (329 hp) for Series II) V8, bodykit and sports suspension as the SS sedan. However, it was equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels as opposed to the 18 inch wheels on the sedan. 500 such wagons were produced for Series I and 350 for Series II.[1]

The VY was the last Commodore to use the 3.8 litre ECOTEC V6 engines.

Sales of the VY Commodore failed to match those of the earlier VT model.[citation needed]

Design[edit]

The front and rear of the body had minor restyling, with new front grille, headlights and taillights. The interior has been significantly upgraded. Interior upgrade includes a new instrument panel, centre console and steering wheel and new design transmission lever and handbrake.[2] There is also a new mobile phone power outlet under the centre console. The new instrument cluster features a large multi-function digital display (single or triple-window, depending on model), which displays information such as radio station display, PRND321 gear selected indicator, trip computer with stopwatch function, service reminders and a help facility.

Standard features (on some models) now include "twilight sentinel" - automatic headlamp control, programmable headlamps off time delay, high feature Blaupunkt audio systems, road-speed sensitive intermittent wipers and passenger airbags.

The VY Series II update added cruise control, front power windows variable front seat lumbar support, and revised interior trims. A 245 kW (329 hp) V8 was introduced to sports variants and a sportier repositioning of the Calais model. This repositioning included a subtle body kit, the option of a 235 kW V8 in place of the previous 225 kW (302 hp) and a firmer suspension tune (known as FE 1.5) that was not as stiff as the FE2 suspension on sports variants.

Powertrains[edit]

Engine displacement; configuration Engine Power[3] Torque Transmission Fuel type Fuel consumption (sedan)[4]
3.8 L (3791 cc); V6 ECOTEC (L36) 152 kW (204 hp) 305 N·m (225 lb·ft) 5-speed Getrag 260 (M35) manual Petrol 11.0 L/100 km (21.4 mpg-US)
4-speed GM 4L60-E automatic 12.0 L/100 km (19.6 mpg-US)
Supercharged ECOTEC (L67) 171 kW (229 hp) 375 N·m (277 lb·ft) PULP 13.5 L/100 km (17.4 mpg-US)
5.7 L (5665 cc); V8 Generation III Alloy 225 kW (302 hp) 460 N·m (340 lb·ft) 6-speed Tremec T-56 manual[5] Petrol 13.0 L/100 km (18.1 mpg-US)
4-speed GM 4L60-E automatic 13.5 L/100 km (17.4 mpg-US)
235 kW (315 hp) 465 N·m (343 lb·ft) 6-speed Tremec T-56 manual 13.0 L/100 km (18.1 mpg-US)
4-speed GM 4L60-E automatic 13.5 L/100 km (17.4 mpg-US)
5.7 L (5667 cc); V8 245 kW (329 hp) 465 N·m (343 lb·ft) 6-speed Tremec T-56 manual 13.0 L/100 km (18.1 mpg-US)
4-speed GM 4L60-E automatic 13.5 L/100 km (17.4 mpg-US)

Models[edit]

Commodore Executive[edit]

2002–2003 Holden VY Commodore Executive station wagon.

The Executive is the baseline model of the VY Commodore range. Pricing for the Executive started from A$31,650.

The Executive features included:

Commodore Acclaim[edit]

The Acclaim is one model up from the base model of the VY Commodore range. Pricing for the Acclaim started from A$37,510.

The Acclaim features included:

Commodore S[edit]

2002–2003 Holden VY Commodore S sedan

The S is the cheapest sports variant. Pricing for the S started from A$37,820.

The S features included:

Commodore SV8[edit]

The VY Commodore was the first to not offer a V8 option on the Executive model. Buyers now had to choose the new SV8 as the cheapest V8 variant. The SV8 was essentially an Executive with a V8 engine, rear spoiler and unique 17 inch alloy wheels. Pricing for the SV8 started from A$40,490.

The SV8 features included:

  • 5.7 L 235 kW (315 hp) V8 (245 kW (329 hp) High Output V8 in Series II)
  • 6-speed manual transmission (option of 4-speed automatic transmission)
  • Air conditioning
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Brake assist (BA)
  • CD player
  • Driver's and passenger's airbags
  • FE2 sports suspension
  • Limited slip differential (LSD)
  • Independent rear suspension (IRS)
  • Power antenna
  • Security system
  • Traction control system (TCS)
  • Trip computer
  • 17 inch alloy wheels

Commodore SS[edit]

Holden VY Commodore SS

The SS was the flagship sports model of the VY range. Pricing for the SS started from A$49,490.

The SS features included:

  • 5.7 L 235 kW (315 hp) V8 (245 kW (328 hp) High Output V8 in Series II)
  • 6-speed manual transmission (option of 4-speed automatic transmission)
  • Single in-dash CD player (option of 6 disc in-dash cd player)
  • Air conditioning
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Brake assist (BA)
  • Cruise control
  • Driver's and passenger's airbags
  • FE2 sports suspension
  • Front and rear power windows
  • Independent rear suspension (IRS)
  • Limited slip differential (LSD)
  • Power antenna
  • Security system
  • Side impact airbags (SIAB)
  • Traction control system (TCS)
  • Trip computer
  • 18 inch alloy wheels

Berlina[edit]

Holden VY II Berlina

The Berlina is the semi-luxury version of the VY range; it sits above the Acclaim and below the Calais. Pricing for the Berlina starts from A$40,850.

The Berlina features included:

Calais[edit]

Holden VY Calais sedan

The Calais is the top of the line luxury model in the VY range; it sits above the Berlina and combines luxury with performance. Pricing for the Calais starts form A$48,250.

The Calais features included:

  • 3.8 L 171 kW (229 hp) Supercharged ECOTEC V6 (option of 152 kW (204 hp) ECOTEC V6 or 225 kW LS1 V8 (302 hp) then 235 kW (315 hp) LS1 V8 in Series II)
  • 4-speed automatic transmission
  • 6-disc in-dash CD player
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Brake assist (BA)
  • Climate control air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Driver's and passenger's airbags
  • Front and rear power windows
  • Independent rear suspension (IRS)
  • Luggage net
  • Power antenna
  • Rear park assist
  • Security system
  • Side impact airbags (SIAB)
  • Traction control system (TCS)
  • Trip computer
  • 16 inch alloy wheels

Holden VY Adventra[edit]

Holden VY Series II Adventra CX8

A four wheel drive development of the VY Commodore wagon was offered from 2003 as the Holden VY Adventra.

Ute, Crewman and One Tonner[edit]

2003–2004 Holden VY II Crewman
2003–2004 Holden VY II S Ute
2003–2004 Holden VY II Crewman Cross 8
2002–2003 Holden VY II Ute S

The VU Ute range was facelifted in 2002 to create the VY ute range. VY Utes received the same upgrades as the sedan/wagon range, which involved a new, sharper-designed nose, and more European-styled interior. The same three specification models were carried over for the VY, and picked up the same upgraded equipment lists as the VY sedans. The VY ute models were not badged as "Commodores".

The VY range marked major change for Holden's Ute range, with the 2003 addition of two new models: the return of the One Tonner cab-chassis utility after a 18-year hiatus; and the introduction of Holden's first-ever 4-door utility, arriving in the form of the Crewman. The Crewman brought a longer wheelbase – 3,206 mm (126.2 in) compared to the 2,939 mm (115.7 in) of the Ute; and a shorter tray – 1,463 mm (57.6 in) compared to the 2,193 mm (86.3 in) of the Ute[6] In December 2003, Holden released an all-wheel drive variant of the Crewman known as the Crewman Cross 8. Powered by a 225 kW (302 hp) V8 engine, the Cross 8 featured a modified appearance, more suited to an off-road vehicle.

Both the Crewman and One Tonner models added instant sales to the Holden range, sparking rapid expansion of the Holden Ute range, its first major growth spurt since its 1990 re-introduction. Once again the same three specifications were carried over for the VY, with the Ute range available in base Ute, S & SS forms. The same did not apply for the One-Tonner cab-chassis range though – it was available in just two model forms, base and S.

  • Base: Based on Commodore Executive specification. Available with 3.8-litre 152 kW (204 hp) Ecotec V6
  • S : Based on Commodore S specification. Available with 3.8-litre 152 kW (204 hp) Ecotec V6 – 4sp auto, 5sp manual
  • SS: Based on Commodore SS specification. 5.7-litre 235 kW (315 hp) Generation 3 V8 – 6sp manual or 4sp auto

Crewman models were on the other hand available with the same three specifications as the Ute range, and were launched conjointly with the rest of Holden's VY Series 2 range, the major update this time being the addition of 10 kW (13 hp) to the Gen.3 V8. By December 2003 the Crewman range had expanded to include Holden's very first AWD utility in the form of the Crewman Cross 8. The Cross 8 received bolstered wheelarches, raised ride height as well as additional equipment, with the sole drivetrain being the recently upgraded Gen.3 V8 connected to a 4-speed automatic. V6-powered versions of the One Tonner & Crewman were only available with automatic transmission. The VY's were superseded by the arrival of the VZ range in August 2004

HSV Y Series[edit]

Holden’s performance partner Holden Special Vehicles developed a range of models based on the VY Commodore sedan. These were marketed as the HSV Clubsport, HSV GTS and HSV Senator.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Holden VY Commodore limited edition Commodore SS station wagon". www.webwomabt.com.au. Retrieved 2006-10-21. 
  2. ^ "Holden Commodore VY". Unique Cars and Parts. Retrieved 2007-08-06. 
  3. ^ Power figures are measured in accordance with the ECE standard.
  4. ^ Fuel consumption figures are measured in accordance with the ADR 81/01 standard. Fuel economy figures also vary between body styles and specification levels.
  5. ^ The 5.7 litre V8 and manual transmission combination was only available on the One Tonner and Crewman V8 versions.
  6. ^ Holden Ute range features Retrieved 20 October 2007[dead link]

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