Published on February 11th, 2013 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Holden VF Calais Might Come To Malaysia
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 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.
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 identifiers.
Power window and mirror controls are now situated on the door armrests, door locks have moved to the front door and the boot release is on the driver’s door. Cruise control joins other fingertip functions on the steering wheel.
On the new centre stack, infotainment system and climate controls (now with illuminated dual temperature readouts), are entirely separated and clearly designated.
The reconfigured centre console features a covered compartment, versatile new cup holders, more small item storage, recessed electric park brake control and an easily accessible mobile phone rest and power outlet located forward of the new auto shifter. In night mode, this area and door pull recesses are illuminated by ice-blue ambient lighting.
The VF Calais V-Series also offers class-leading new seat structures with curved comfort profiles developed by GM to ensure global best practice integration, detail execution and quality standards. Driver and front passenger seats combine snug sports back and bolster support with superior cushioning.
The car is upholstered in a modern combination of fine-grained light titanium leather with suede and perforated leather inserts, accent stitching and a central jet black strip detail. A neutral timber-grained finish follows the full-width curvilinear form of the instrument panel. High chrome finishes on the tactile new steering wheel and elsewhere are complemented by subtle galvano silver chrome elements. The overall result is harmonious, first-class and refined in every aspect.