The Holden Calais-V Sportwagon is a top-end variant on the Commodore model.

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The Calais-V Sportwagon is based on a GM platform. GM has been owner of the Holden brand since 1931.

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Wagons may not be popular in the US, but you see them all over Australia.

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The long roads of Australia present a danger to the local wildlife, including kangaroos and wombats.

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The Holden badge, appropriately dust-covered here, portrays a lion.

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The Calais-V Sportwagon offers more than enough cargo room.

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Right-hand-drive cars pose a challenge to left-hand-drive-trained people.

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The six-speed automatic transmission in the Calais-V Sportwagon makes adjusting to right-hand drive easier.

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The Calais-V Sportwagon offers solid and comfortable ride quality, proving its mettle on dirt tracks and Australian motorways.

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The Calais-V Sportwagon presents a stylish profile, with large front windows for maximum visibility.

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The Calais-V Sportwagon uses a 3-liter V-6 with direct injection, good for 255 horsepower.

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That engine is plenty for this wagon, although the Commodore line offers some larger power plants.

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The cabin of the Calais-V Sportwagon shows off high-end trim.

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The head-up display makes it easy to keep your eyes on the road.

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The navigation system includes traffic information.

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The Holden infotainment system uses the same software as Chevrolet's MyLink system, making for a familiar environment.

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Even during hard times for the Australian auto industry, Holden held on.

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