The VX was an upgrade of the VT and had only minor exterior changes to it but there were some larger changes to the hidden parts of this model. The head lights, tail lights and grill are the most evident exterior changes. The V6 was modified once again to squeeze some more power from the ECOTEC engine and now boasts 152 kW as standard. Also the Gen III alloy V8 was upgraded slightly to 225 kW standard and the Supercharged V6 was available in the lower priced models. ABS is now standard fitment on all models which goes with the Holden theme of safety oriented cars. SIAB Side Impact AirBags are available on all models and comes standard on all but the Executive. There are some other changes that most people would never notice such as subtle changes to the suspension and driveshaft. Rear suspension on the rear-wheel-drive is fully independent, providing better traction, improved directional stability over rough roads, better 'swerve and recover' characteristics and a more comfortable ride. This IRS system is coupled with a limited slip differential. The front suspension features MacPherson struts, direct acting stabiliser bar and progressive rate coil springs. All in all the car is a great handling car and when Possum Borne drove a V8 model he came away with a smile and a feeling of being surprised at how well it handled for a big car. In fact he said it never felt like a big car at all and it was very responsive to a bit of throttle. Four wheel disc brakes with 4-channel ABS are available as is the traction control which controls both engine output and brake application.As an added safety feature, the Commodore incorporates a new 'emergency mode'. Ten seconds after an accident of sufficient severity to deploy the seatbelts pretensioners, this 'emergency mode' will turn off the engine and the fuel pump, unlock all doors and turn on the interior dome lamp. Holden is expecting sales for the SS to reach 10 000 in the Middle East, 6 000 in New Zealand, and 3 000 in Brazil.
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This shows the Australian built VX in South Africa where it sells as a Chevrolet Lumina with 5.7 V8