The 2014 stratton Car of the Year is...
Posted by stratton on 03/02/2015 at 12:00pm
In December we ran a survey asking you to tell us your favourite car of 2014, based on the criteria you'd use to choose a new car: performance, value for money, safety and looks.
The outright winner was Australia's very own Holden VF Commodore SV6 Storm sedan, a limited special edition of the VF Commodore SV6.
Holden Commodore SV6 Storm. Photo courtesy of Holden.
The Storm range (there's also a Storm SS V8) seems to be Holden's way of saying a special thank you to loyal fans for supporting this much-loved Aussie brand over its 36 year history.
How is the Commodore Storm SV6 Different to the Commodore SV6?
The headline addition to the standard SV6 is an advanced Satellite Navigation system.
The Storm comes with an 8" touchscreen on top of the most advanced version of GM's acclaimed MyLink infotainment system. With this addtion Storm drivers can access the internet and enjoy a high level of customisation, including the ability to download new apps. It will also benefit from future software upgrades already in the pipeline.
Holden Commodore SV6 Storm Interior. Photo courtesy of Holden.
The Storm badge also brings some pleasing appearance enhancements to an already stylish design, including:
- A unique set of 18" alloys
- Front fog lamps with chrome highlights
- Red stitching on seats
- Special embroidery on the dash
- Special edition exterior Storm badges
Holden Commodore SV6 Storm Fog Lamps. Photo courtesy of Holden.
Available with either a six speed manual or automatic transmission, the 3.6 litre engine delivers 210kW/350Nm and 0-100km/h in 6.8 seconds - that's more than enough grunt for most needs.
On the subject of grunt, new acoustic treatments give the engine note a more upmarket growl compared to that of earlier models. Prior V6 models had been criticised for a somewhat rough, brash sound.
Road holding and dynamic steering have always been strong points for Commodore and this one is no exception.
With brand new FE2 suspension and electric power steering it feels sportier and even more responsive than its predecessor. It's especially adept on country roads, where it feels composed and extremely comfortable, ideal for long road trips.
Combined fuel consumption is 9.0 litres/100km using 91 Octane ULP.
Holden Commodore SV6 Alloy Wheels. Photo courtesy of Holden.
Standard in all VF Commodore SV6 Models
Though not exclusive to the Storm special edition; it's also worth mentioning some other goodies inherited from the standard range:
- Rear View Camera
- Automatic Park Assist with front and rear Ultrasonic Sensors
- Blind Spot Alerts
- Dual Zone Climate Control
- Bluetooth and Voice Control
- Onboard Engine Diagnostics
Collectable Memorabilia for Australian Motoring Enthusiasts?
By now you probably know that Holden will cease all manufacturing in Australia towards the end of 2016.
As special editions of the last Australian-made Commodores, it seems a fairly safe bet that the Storm SV6 and the Storm SS will remain desirable for years to come.
Someone at Holden obviously had a bit of a laugh making these up. Reading through the following list of colour options, which one best describes your personality? Some Like it Hot Red perhaps?
The Storm is available in 9 colours: Heron White, Nitrate Silver*, Prussian Steel Grey*, Some Like It Hot Red*, Red Hot, Perfect Blue*, Jungle Green*, Regal Peacock Green* and Phantom Black*.
*Prestige paint available at additional cost.
As we mentioned earlier, the Storm was a limited edition and while you are unlikely to find a new one for sale, there are demonstrator models available and a few used cars are creeping onto the market.
If you would like a Holden Commodore SV6 Storm of your own, contact stratton today on 1300 STRATTON (787 288) or submit an instant online quote for a car and finance package that's right for you. We have access to the best market prices and can tailor a finance package precisely to your needs.