Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Holden VE Commodore SS Wins BFYB Award

2006 Holden VE Commodore SS Wins MOTOR's Bang For Your Bucks
GM Media Release

Holden VE Commodore SSHolden's all new VE Commodore range has collected its first major award in Australia, with the SS model hailed by MOTOR Magazine as its Bang For Your Bucks award winner 2006.

MOTOR judges declared the VE Commodore SS the ultimate value for money performance vehicle, beating the Subaru WRX STi, a two time previous winner, and the Mitsubishi Evo.

MOTOR Editor, Tim Robson, said today that the Bang For Your Bucks award was an extremely difficult prize to win.

"The cars we include in the test cover a wide spectrum from the budget priced pocket rockets to the more exotic makes and so the competition is incredibly strong," Robson said.

"The SS won or ranked highly in every single discipline putting it in a strong position but the winning element was the price. The price of the VE SS has been rolled back significantly making it great value for money.

Holden VE Commodore SS"There's certainly a lot of bang in the SS but the 'bucks' factor meant it came out the clear winner."

MOTOR's BFYB report noted the SS had won for "big numbers and the right price".

In the report, Paul Cockburn described the VE SS as having "more power spread everywhere than any sane person could ever need".

David Morley described the win as follows: "All up, the SS appears to have leapfrogged the opposition both at its own price point and in terms of its projected performance envelope."

Holden's Chairman and Managing Director, Denny Mooney described the win as a great achievement for VE Commodore and a result in which everyone at Holden would be proud.

"We're obviously delighted to win Bang For Your Bucks. It's fantastic to be recognised by Australia's leading performance car magazine for the performance and value attributes of the new car," Mooney said.

"Our focus with the VE Commodore was on delivering great quality, exceptional ride and handling, exceptional performance while being fuel efficient for its size and at a point of unquestionable value and that is what this award is all about.

"We always knew the new price position of this car was going to cause a real stir in the market and there is no greater endorsement of that strategy than winning Bang For Your Bucks.

"It reflects our philosophy that world class performance does not need to carry a price tag to match."

The VE Commodore SS is powered by the new 6.0 litre Gen IV Alloy V8 engine which produces 270kW of peak power and 530Nm of peak torque.

It delivers extras such as embroidered SS sports seats, 18 inch alloy wheels, a high mount rear spoiler, sports suspension and body kit with fog lamps. Standard safety features include Electronic Stability Control.

The VE Commodore SS has a recommended retail price of AUD$44,990.

The SS is Holden's second Bang For Your Bucks winner in recent years. The TS Astra SRi Turbo was named Bang For Your Bucks winner in 2003.

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