Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Holden VE Calais V Sportwagon

2008 Holden VE Calais V Sportwagon
GM Media Release

2008 Holden VE Calais V SportwagonGM Holden has taken the covers off its highly anticipated new VE Sportwagon model and powertrain line-up, due to arrive in the first half of 2008.

Revealed at the 2007 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, the all-new VE Sportwagon boasts a sporty design and engineering advances that create a stylish yet practical wagon.

The line-up will offer a new level of comfort, safety and styling in a Holden wagon, combined with sedan-like ride and handling characteristics.

VE Sportwagon will be available in the full range of VE Commodore variants including Omega, Berlina and Calais, plus the sporty SV6, SS and the range topping SS-V and Calais V models.

Specifications will be in-line with VE sedan variants with the addition of rear park assist as standard on all wagons.

Philip Brook, GM Holden's Director of Marketing, said Holden would now have a Sportwagon for every type of customer.

2008 Holden VE Calais V Sportwagon"This exciting vehicle will appeal to a whole new generation of private and user-chooser customers, while remaining a fleet favourite," Brook said.

"We've expanded our wagon range from the three variants we had at VZ, to an impressive seven VE variants to ensure there's a Sportwagon for everyone.

"Sportwagon is the perfect addition to the VE Commodore range and will put excitement back into this traditionally conservative segment."

VE Sportwagon's pricing and full specifications and features will be announced closer to the start of sales.

VE Sportwagon model and powertrain line-up:

• Omega Alloytec V6 with four-speed auto transmission.
• Berlina Alloytec V6 with four-speed auto transmission.
• SV6 High Output Alloytec V6 with five-speed auto transmission.
• SS Gen IV V8 with six-speed manual transmission or Gen IV V8 with six-speed automatic transmission (optional).
• SS V-Series Gen IV V8 with six-speed manual transmission or Gen IV V8 with six-speed automatic transmission (optional).
• Calais High Output Alloytec V6 with five-speed auto transmission.
• Calais V-Series High Output Alloytec V6 with five-speed auto transmission or Gen IV V8 with six-speed automatic transmission (optional).

The production version of the VE Sportwagon will be unveiled at the 2008 Melbourne International Motor Show, starting 29 February.

Technical Specifications
Engine: 6.0 litre V8
Aspiration: Natural
Maximum Power: 270 kW @ 5700 rpm
Maximum Torque: 530 Nm @ 4400 rpm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive

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