VR Commodore

Produced the following years:
1993 1994 1995

VR Commodore 1993-1995

Green VR Commodore

The Holden VR Commodore was released in July 1993 and featured a sleeker, more modern design that included far more safety enhancements than previous models. The inclusion of the driverís side airbag (Supplemental Restraint System or SRS) was a first within Australian cars.

The VR also included as standard ABS brakes and independent rear suspension. These were standard features for both the automatic transmission and manual gearbox versions. The new electronic automatic transmission, the Turbo-Hydramatic 700R4 (TH700 or GM 4L60E) was introduced.

The upgrade to a faster auto computer module with greater memory, electronic multi-point fuel injection, a tilting, telescopic steering wheel and a remote fuel flap, plus the bonus of automatic headlights that turned off when the key was removed from the ignition made this car an instant favourite with Australians.

Entertainment became a feature in the VR model, with models including a four-speaker AM/FM electronically-tuned cassette radio. Comfort was also high on the design agenda, with adjustable seat height features and lumbar adjustments to the driverís seat available as options.

In 1993, the VR Commodore was awarded the Wheels magazine ĎCar of the Yearí award. This was the third such accolade for the Commodore range.

By 1995, the VR Series II was released and included all the previous features and safety additions, but also included a speed alert, a warning chime that sounded if the handbrake was left on and a low-fuel warning light.

The distinctive raised tail lights, recessed high up on the boot for safety considerations also gave the car its appeal.

Holden VR Commodore Models

The base model Executive VR can as standard with features such as power steering, electric side mirrors and four-wheel disc brakes, although automatic transmission was still an optional extra.

In 1995, the Commodore Equipe was released, which was a limited edition model of the Executive model that was a Series II model in sedan or wagon.

The VR Commodore Acclaim became the new mid-range model within the range available. Still one notch above the Executive, the Acclaim featured a safety pack that included ABS brakes, independent rear suspension, driverís side airbag and cruise control as standard features.

The Sports Option, or ĎSí model was based on the Executive model with a 3.58 litre V6 engine. However, the inclusion of alloy wheels, FE2 suspension and a rear spoiler were additional features of the sports range.

The VR Commodore SS model offered similar features to the S model, but included the 5.0 litre V8 HEC 5000i engine. The SS was also fitted with alloy wheels that were unique to the SS model.

The VR Commodore also saw the Berlina leave the mid-range models and enter the line of luxury vehicle ranges. This model included alloy wheels, electric windows and automatic transmission as standard features.

The top of the line for the VR range was the Calais, offering buyers the advantage of automatic transmission, driverís side airbag, independent rear suspension and ABS brakes as standard inclusions. The Calais also offered options leather or velour trim, as well as a climate control option.

Specification Levels

The VR Commodore was available in the following specification levels:
- Commodore
- Acclaim
- Berlina
- BT1 Police Pack
- Calais
- Executive
- S
- SS
- Vacationer