39 years after the launch of the first Holden, the VR series Commodore was unveiled. With a twin port grille designed to pay homage to the 1953 FJ, the VR showcased a radically new exterior and hundreds of mechanical improvements. The result was the most technically sophisticated Holden to date. The biggest VR story though was a safety one; a new model - the Acclaim - combined more safety features than any other car in the family price bracket.
1993 VR Commodore
Further revision of VN/VP body, with reshaped headlights and turn lenses plus 'twin port' grille. Restyled front and rear guards. Front bumper has large central air intake and a small brake cooling duct on each side. Hide mounted, rounded rear tail-lights on sedans.
DIMENSIONS: Length: 4861 mm Wheelbase: 2731 mm Width: 1794 mm
MODELS: Available in 14 model variants
Opel Rebranded Holden
Holden NZ Managing Director Don Bowden, announced that all cars marketed under the GM-Holden name would be henceforth known as Holden, this included Vectra, Barina and Astra.
The VT Commodore
The totally new VT range was characterised by powerfully sculpted exterior styling, more spacious and luxuriously equipped interiors, class leading vehicle dynamics and significant strides in safety performance. The design integrity of its substantially stronger body structure was reflected in appreciably higher levels of build quality and driving refinement. With its wider track and longer wheelbase, the VT was the largest Commodore so far and the first to be designed to suit left and right hand drive configurations. The level of standard equipment - it included a driver airbag, electric driver's seat adjustment, trip computer, advanced security and remote boot release - was higher than in any other car in its class.
1997 VT Commodore
All-new, larger body with curved lines and distinctive wide guards. Bold twin-nostril grille with different insets for each model. High tail with full-width decor panel. In January 1998, the VT Commodore is announced winner of the Wheels Magazine 1997 car of the year award.