Holden has a hit on its hands. That wouldn't be much of a surprise were the hit a small, affordable, fuel-efficient car that everyone thought looked like Kate Upton in car form. It's surprising because said hit has a 6.0-liter V8 with 351 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque, sends its power to the rear wheels, and costs 51,490 Australian dollars ($47,365 at today's rates). And it doesn't look anything like the lovely Ms. Upton.

Yes, we're talking about the new VF Commodore SS V, and in particular, the Redline models. According to Aussie car site Motoring, Holden can't build the darn things fast enough, with wait lists going into 2014.

This news tells us something about Australian motorists. There's still a market for big, powerful sedans in Oz, which is a fact that Ford has seemingly forgotten. The VF Commodore, particularly the SS V Redline, is a vehicle that people want, rather than one they need. It's a shame Ford doesn't see such a market for its Falcon, rather than killing the historic nameplate. We wonder if Ford could have taken Holden's approach - rather than killing a big sedan, export it to America. We'd much rather have a rear-drive Falcon than the Taurus. Instead, Ford is basically giving away sales to Holden.

Want further proof that Holden is making the Commodore work? The SS V trim is handily outdoing the standard SS, making up 80 percent of SS sales. People aren't only buying these big sedans, they're actively buying the very best versions. We can only hope Chevrolet's new SS sedan, which is essentially a more powerful Commodore SS V, receives such a warm reception.


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      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is pretty interesting news. Glad to see that a well-designed, handsome car like the Commodore is selling well. I wonder where the sales are coming from. Ford converts? Sales that would otherwise have gone to BMW?
        nettsu
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        well designed? please It looks like an over-inflated Daewoo Epica
      EJD1984
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully this enthusiasm/sales will also translate to the upcoming Chevrolet SS, and show GM that there really is a US market for more (affordable) rwd sedans.
      Slizzo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, there are already reports from forum members that they've ordered SS sedans from their dealers. So hopefully it's a hit here as well. Though I already own a G8 GT, I plan on keeping it long enough for SS models to start being sold cheap second hand.
        Erik Grudzien
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Slizzo
        Well with the numbers they're talking it might be a while. Given they're going to go be going for almost $50,000 new, and only 3,500 made for 2014 Model Year, it will take a while. Even G8's are holding their value. Given in 2009 they were giving them away for just over $30,000 new on sale after Pontiac was killed, and that they're still going for $23,000-$25,000, it might take a while. It took it three years to get in the range I wanted them to be at to trade in my GTO for one.
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        Daniel D
        • 1 Year Ago
        That was part of my decision. Another reason is VE/VF represent the most Australian Commodore designs Holden have ever produced or likely to produce. The next will probably be a US design with some input from Holden to make it more suited to Australian tastes. That just doesn't appeal to me as much.
      timber
      • 1 Year Ago
      I will never see a car like this near my home market but it's so nice to see that models like this are having success. Good work GM.
      Dean
      • 1 Year Ago
      I never thought I'd find myself saying this, but this (and the SS) is (/are) growing on me. No, I won't buy one (just bought a new European RWD sedan), but had it been out, I probably would have given the SS a good look. In the same way you can find an Opel Insignia conversion kit for the Buick Regal, I think there will probably be a Holden conversion kit for the SS. GM may not be coming out with totally new cars, but at least they're giving us cars that are new to the US. Before you haters out there start with the 'Government Motors' thing, please get current with the new. The government is (and has been) selling off its shares. http://www.forbes.com/sites/steveschaefer/2013/06/05/treasury-to-trim-gm-stake-further-sell-30-million-shares/ http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505123_162-57587775/treasury-to-sell-30-million-shares-of-gm-stock/ (I'd like to think that I'm quoting reputable sources here) In previous posts (under different stories), I haven't always been a huge fan of American cars, but over the past few years, I have started thinking differently. Ford, and GM have gotten my attention. They've both made a huge turn around in quality, and style. My opinions come from having various cars as rentals when I travel (I don't speak to Chrysler yet, as I have yet to rent one recently). I've noticed that technology has improved, build quality has improved (not a complete turnaround, but a lot of hard plastic, and bad panel gaps are gone. They both make cars that don't rattle, and squeak after 30k miles of use - if a rental car holds up to the abuse of hundreds (if not thousands) of drivers, I can only imagine how well it will hold up with one owner treating it well. Before you all attack GM, and Ford, I say get your butt into one of the newer cars. It's hard not to walk away surprised, if not impressed.
      eeenok
      • 1 Year Ago
      " It's a shame Ford doesn't see such a market for its Falcon, rather than killing the historic nameplate" ... and there's the problem. there isn't a market for falcon because holden has killed ford in the marketplace, and trying to fix the problem with the low volume of high-end performance models isn't going to help. holden gets to indulge in this end of the market precisely because they kept afloat in the middle. my real disappointment in all of this excitement about V8's is that ford have developed the mid-range six into arguably the best value performance turbo straight six engine in the world - a real gem in this rapidly disappearing classic configuration
      Daniel D
      • 1 Year Ago
      SS-V Redline in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=V1frh2ogmI8
      J
      • 1 Year Ago
      We haven't seen the last of the V-8 Interceptors...
      jonwil2002
      • 1 Year Ago
      The more interesting number would be the sales number for the base model V6. Holden can sell all the V8 powered beasts in the world but if the base model doesn't sell and sell well, there is no future for the Commodore as an Australian built car.
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        Daniel D
        • 1 Year Ago
        Interestingly enough prelinary LHD work on FG Falcon was undertaken. The firewall is modified to take a steering column on either side and the dashboard is symmetrical in FG for the planned LHD version. Ford also had test mules running around with the Ford V6 engine, as the inline six used now is not a global engine and early work showed it would not convert to LHD easily. The changes to the steering rack were to accommodate the V6 and LHD too. Ford US canned the work at that point. If Ford were serious I would say 12 to 18 months would see a FG derived Falcon ready for US consumption. Of course it will never happen as the politics within Ford means that there are vested interests that never want Americans to experience a Falcon.
      Greg
      • 1 Year Ago
      What is wrong with Ford? We could use a new Lincoln LS based on the Ford Falcon in Australia.
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