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Holden Commodore / Calais / Ute - VS Series April 1995

The major improvements with the VS are the introduction of the ECOTEC 3800 V6, and a passenger airbag. The ECOTEC (Emissions and Consumption Optimisation TEChnology) V6 is more powerful, more economic, produces less emissions, quieter and smoother than the previous 3800 V6. The VS Series was the first Australian built car to offer a passenger's airbag, which has a capacity of 120L. Also the Bosch ABS was upgraded to the latest version, and the new Holden badge was introduced. A change to the security system allows only the driver's door to be opened, or all four doors instead of just opening all four doors straight away as in previous models. Not much visual differences to VR, except for new Holden badge, ECOTEC badge under indicator lights on side front panels, and slightly different wheel covers. The VS also has a silver insert around the edge of the front grill opening. Also the top edge of the boot is slightly different. Not much change with VS Series II, except that Calais now gets 16 inch alloy wheels and foglamps, with its two-tone paint job slightly different. Manual gearbox on ECOTECs is now Getrag. The V8's power is up slightly to 168kW. The Calais also gets the option of the Supercharged V6. The indicator repeaters on the side front panels are now oval in shape.


Commodore Executive, Commodore Equipe (limited edition March - May 1996, and Series II in October 1996), Commodore Vacationer (limited edition November 1995), Commodore Esteem (limited edition March 1997), Commodore Acclaim Commodore S, Commodore SS, Berlina, Calais, Commodore BT1 (Police-pack), Ute, Ute S



5-speed manual (Executive, Acclaim, S, SS only): Borg Warner T5, 5-speed manual for Series II (V6 only): Getrag, 4-speed automatic: GM Hydramatic 4L60-E with electronically controlled dual-mode


Front: MacPherson strut, incorporating wet sleeve shock absorbers. Direct acting stabiliser bar. Progressive rate coil springs. Rear: 5 link live-axle: Trailing arm with 5-link location. Panhard rod. Progressive rate coil springs. Stabiliser bar.

Rear: IRS (sedan only): Independent, semi-trailing arm. Progressive rate miniblock coil springs. Stabiliser bar.

Sports Suspension: (available 5-link or IRS, excluding Country pack). Front: Firmer spring rate. Revised stabiliser bar diameter. Reduced ride height. Rear: Firmer spring rate. Gas pressure shock absorbers.

Wagon: Revised stabiliser bar diameter.

Country Pack: (available 5-link, excluding Sports Suspension). Front: Revised spring and shock absorber rate. Revised stabiliser bar diameter. Increased ground clearance. Engine sump guard. Rear: Revised spring rate. Larger shock absorbers. Revised stabiliser bar diameter. Increased ground clearance. Fuel tank guard on sedan.


Variable power-assisted, variable ratio rack and pinion. Turns lock to lock: 2.7 Turning circle (m): Sedan: 11.0, Wagon: 11.1, Ute 11.0


front: ventilated discs and finned caliper rear: discs ABS (Anti-lock Braking System): Bosch 5.0

Fuel Consumption:

V6 Automatic City / Highway: 11.5 / 7.2 (L/100km) V6 Manual: 10.5 / 6.8 (L/100km) V8 Automatic: 15.0 / 9.0 (L/100km) V8 Manual: 14.0 / 8.5 (L/100km) 185kW V8 Automatic: 16.0 / 10.0 (L/100km) 185kW V8 Manual: 14.5 / 9.5 (L/100km)

Fuel Tank:

V6 Sedan: 59L

V8 Sedan: 73L

Wagon: 68L

Ute: 64L

Model features:

Commodore Executive

Commodore Equipe

Commodore Esteem

Commodore Acclaim

Commodore S

Commodore SS


Commodore BT1 (Police Pack)


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