The Holden VG

September 1990 saw the launch of the Commodore VG Utility—the first Utility model ever to be based on the Commodore. It was produced using largely research-based technology and was a grand success. The Commodore VG is believed to be the product of a $10 million investment, along with a 3-year development period by a small team of Holden designers and engineers. Right from the outset, Holden’s hallmark  has been to invest in and derive inspiration from research, and the VG Utility was a true gem to emerge from all this effort. The specifications and design features of the VG Utility were actually based on the earlier VN Commodore model. The uniqueness of this model deservingly marked it as the largest Holden Utility ever produced. The Commodore VG’s phenomenal capacity could support up to 720 kg, while the Commodore VG Ute was billed as the strongest and most powerful Utility on the Australian auto market. The production of the Commodore VG Utility continued until 1992.

Design features of the Commodore VG

The overall styling, mechanical aspects, and wagon wheelbase were derived from the VN Commodore model. The Commodore VG was made available in two styles: the 3.8 L V6 Holden Ute, and more highly specified Ute S. Both of these models had

load-sensing valves for improved braking performance under varying loads, which made driving on harsh roads very smooth. Some of the other Commodore VG features included a versatile (an adjustable?) seat(s?), four-wheel disc brakes, coil springs, and power steering. The S model of the VG range offered bucket seats and other features like limited slip differentials, a tachometer, 15” wheels, a custom tonneau cover, and an optional 5.0 L EFI V8 engine.

Every Australian knows the value of the Utility and it is believed to be an original concept: the Utility has been worked on for the last 80 years by Australian car manufacturers. No wonder that the first carmakers in Australia also provided one of the best Utility models, while increasing and developing its features with every new launch.

The HSV VG Maloo

Holden’s new VG Commodore Utility was easily one of the best-looking Utility cars in Australia, so Holden did not want to lose control over these “unique” models. The HSV VG Maloo was introduced in October 1990; it was much lighter, with a performance edge over the passenger cars. Holden added the potential of SV 3800 and SV 89 bodies with an SV 5000 rear spoiler on the trailing edge of the cabin, which gave it the look and also the performance that it needed to deliver.

Holden introduced extensive suspension work, combining the SV 5000 front end with a special rear suspension and tyre package, which ensured that the VG Maloo gripped the road like nothing else. It truly stood out among models introduced in 1990s. The VG Maloo Utility provided excellent balance even when not carrying heavy loads and was perfect for Australian road conditions.
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