Holden continues to offer stunning value with a celebratory edition of the VF Commodore

Holden continues to offer stunning value with a celebratory edition of the VF Commodore

“When in doubt, add some extra equipment and stick ‘International’ badges on the car,” appears to be written in the Holden instruction manual for increasing new-car sales.

International special editions of Holdens have been around for decades, though mostly on the upmarket long-wheelbase Statesman models. The just superseded VE Commodore broke that trend and the VE International did pretty well in the sales race back in the days when Commodores looked likely to stay in number one spot just about forever.

Now Holden has seized on the chance of increasing sales, perhaps even hoping to get it onto the top spot on the podium, by introducing a special edition VF Commodore International. Cleverly it has used the 35th birthday of the Commodore – the VB series launched on November 13, 1978 – as a hook onto the new VF International.

The VF Commodore is already well known as providing exceptional value for money, the new special edition Commodore International takes things even further.

The International is based on the entry-level Commodore Evoke and comes with standard 18-inch alloy wheels, leather trimmed seats and steering wheel and transmission lever, blind spot alert and reverse traffic alert.

Externally they can be identified by the standard LED daytime running lights and dark bezels around the headlights. Of course, there are ‘International’ badges on the body to drive the point home.

The special edition VF Commodore International is sold in both sedan and Sportwagon format.  On sale now, the VF Commodore International has a recommended retail price of $36,990 for the sedan, rising to a still modest $38,990 for the station wagon. These prices are for Commodores with the 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, a V6 using LPG power is available for an additional $2500.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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