Calais V Series II front

Holden Calais V Series II Preview

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We take a look at the last Aussie-made Holden Calais V

This week, we’re placing the last Australian-made Holden Calais in the more expensive “V” trim level under the microscope. Not only will this be the last generation of Calais made in Australia, it could be the very last time we see the “Calais” badge at all, as there hasn’t been any confirmation the name will appear on the fully imported next generation.

The Holden Calais V Series II has reminded us that there is much to like about the VF Commodore range – it’s spacious, comfortable, very nice to drive and the VF has been in production long enough for the majority of the build quality kinks found in earlier models to be ironed out.

Holden has made it clear that the Calais V Series II is the luxury model of the range both inside and out. The bespoke “Calais” lettering on the boot lid, the new Series II alloy wheels and other chrome trinketry help set it apart from other models in the range. The test car supplied is also painted in what Holden calls “Empire Bronze” a new colour for the VF Series II range.

Calais V Series II rear

Inside, the Calais V shares a similar equipment list to the Holden Caprice, so you get goodies such as a heads-up display, leather seats with seat heating for front passengers, satellite navigation and a punchy BOSE stereo. The cabin’s definitely luxurious, with a touch of Cadillac, but finished in a uniquely Australian way.

Click here for full review of Holden Calais V



The founding father of The Motoring Guru, Matt has been a lifelong car enthusiast and a passionate writer. Back in 2013 when The Motoring Guru was first launched, Matt wanted to combine his two passions whilst offering readers sound motoring advice.