Holden ran its upgraded Commodore model, the VT, from 1997 to 2000. The VT is a full-size car that is bigger in dimensions, interior room and boot space than previous models. Due to elegant, exterior design, the sedans appear to be the same size as earlier models, but the wagons show a significant increase in size.
The bigger size leads to greater comfort for the driver and passengers, and the stronger body improves crash safety ratings. All models come standard with driver's side airbags and independent rear suspension.
The VT comes with the options for traction control and side-impact airbags, which were firsts for Australian cars. In 1999, Holden released the VT Series II, which introduced an upgraded Generation III V8 engine and the Supercharged V6.
These models also provided better security with remote central deadlocking. With the car in a deadlocked state, the in-car boot release button is disabled automatically.