To be launched mid-year, Holden’s stylish and sophisticated new VF range is set to change perceptions of Australian-made cars.
The new-look flagship Calais V-Series sedan headlines Holden’s VF design strategy and introduces a premium upgrade to the vehicle interior and exterior.
Designed to capture the attention of Australian car buyers in an increasingly competitive marketplace, the Calais V signals a major evolutionary change to Commodore, with world-class interior design, premium fit and finish and the application of advanced technologies.
Calais V presents a range of technology firsts for a local vehicle, including Auto Park Assist, Head-up Display and Reverse Traffic Alert. The new features make VF Commodore the most advanced vehicle to be designed, engineered and built in Australia.
In addition, the Calais V-Series luxury sports concept reveals fresh exterior design treatments and a sculpted, muscular form that boosts aerodynamic efficiency.
While a new, detailed and luxurious approach to the interior design has resulted in a tailored, refined and harmonious blend of quality materials, integrated themes and thoughtful ergonomics.
Holden Design Director Andrew Smith said the design team’s vision was to create a new interior environment with a richer, more cohesive feel.
“We set out to over-deliver. Consequently, there’s a level of refinement you’d expect of a high-end European product,” he said.
“There’s a sense of being invited in, of well executed and custom-tailored detail wherever you look.
“The VF will introduce cutting edge driver technologies and we’ve ramped up every facet of the interior layout to match.
“The big new infotainment touch-screen is a prime example. It’s a great graphic interface to functions that drivers will find simple to operate, minimising distraction and maximising connection to the rest of their lives.
‘We’ve re-designed everything from the instrument panel, instrument cluster graphics, binnacle hood, centre stack and flow-on console layouts to the steering wheel, seats, storage and lighting. Controls are in better places, functions are clearly defined.
“The design team selected premium quality materials in light titanium and jet black tonings to create a layered, textured surface feel that the Calais V-Series shows off to great effect.
“Accents such as precision stitching and perforated inserts on the soft leather seat trim are reflected elsewhere in the cabin – there’s a careful attention to detail apparent everywhere you look”.
The VF Calais V’s symmetrical, ergonomically advanced interior design was driven by high-level global research into consumer expectations and preferences.
It delivers systems that are easy to use and understand and which minimise the steps required to perform a particular task. There are fewer buttons to navigate, many controls are relocated to more convenient positions and all switches have chrome id