Holden VF Commodore Calais V ConceptMon, 11 Feb 2013
Holden has unveiled its new Calais V luxury sports concept, previewing the future design director of the carmaker's VF Commodore, which will be sold in the US as the Chevrolet SS.
The halo car of GM's Australian arm is a clear evolution of the outgoing model, with an emphasis on greater percieved quality in order to appeal on a global scale. "You'll notice that the hood is more prominent, with a centre crease that emphasises performance potential and two raking spears sweeping in from the A-pillars," says Richard Ferlazzo Holden Chief Designer - Creative Design. "They point focus at the elegant new Calais V front fascia with its slim LED daylight running lamps and signature trapezoidal grille.
"The rear graphic is distinctively different, more streamlined. With the brilliant new integrated tail lamps and the license plate moved to the lower fascia, it's a wider, cleaner look."
The proportions remain distonctly rear-wheel drive, with a generous dash-to-axle ratio.
However the biggest improvements are prmoised inside: "'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," explains Holden Design Director Andrew Smith.
The show car is upholstered in a combination of fine-grained light titanium leather with suede and perforated leather inserts, accent stitching and a central jet-black strip detail. The curved IP has been redesigned around the driver is followed by a neutral timber-grained finish.
Gallery: Holden VF Commodore Calais V Concept