The VR Commodore

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.

3.8L EFI 6-cylinder,
5L EFI V8,
5L high output (185kW) EFI V8

5-speed manual gearbox,
4-speed electronically controlled
automatic transmission

Length: 4861 mm
Wheelbase: 2731 mm
Width: 1794 mm

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.

3.8 litre ECOTEC V6 (147kW);
3.8 litre Supercharged V6 (171kW);
5.0 litre V8 (179kW);
5.0 litre V8 (195kW);
5.7 litre Gen III V8 (220kW).

Five-speed manual gearbox, four-speed
electronically controlled automatic transmission.

Length: 4884 mm
Wheelbase: 2778 mm
Width: 1842 mm

Available in 9 model variants

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