The new Holden Commodore Sportwagon completes the range. Offering a choice of 3.6L V6 and 6.0L V8 engines, the new Sportwagon should be a fine tool if mum's late dropping the kids off at school.

Melbourne is often referred to as Australia’s mini Detroit. Australia’s two biggest car manufacturers Holden and Ford, consider the Melbourne area as their home with various production, design and test and development facilities dotted about the area. Toyota also has a large production facility there so it comes as no surprise that the Melbourne International Motor Show is considered to be the one.

Not to be outdone by Ford’s recently revealed FG Ford Falcon, Holden have used Melbourne International Motor Show to launch the wagon/estate version of their highly acclaimed Commodore sedan. Holden refer to the new body-style as the “Sportwagon”. The Sportwagon can be equipped with a range of engines including a 3.6L V6 and a 6.0L V8. Engine outputs range from a 180kW (240hp) to the mighty 6.0L V8 which offers 270kW (360hp) and can be equipped with a 4 speed, 5 speed or 6 speed automatic transmission depending on engine option. There is also a 6 speed manual option on the more performance orientated V8 model.

As is often the case with modern car designs, the wagon variant is arguably a more cohesive design than the sedan body-style. Holden will be hoping that they steal some of Fords thunder and also attract some of Ford’s customers away from the very popular Ford Territory SUV.

Gallery: Production Ready Holden VE Sportwagon Unveiled in Melbourne