GM Holden today gave Australia its first glimpse of the production version of the groundbreaking Chevrolet Volt extended range electric vehicle.
Making one of its first global appearances at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, Volt can drive for more than 60 kilometres without using petrol or producing exhaust pipe emissions by relying solely on its battery.
Scheduled for release in the US in late 2010, General Motors calculates that charging the vehicle at night through a standard power outlet will use less electricity annually than an average household refrigerator and freezer.
The electric-powered Volt is one of a number of fuel saving or alternative fuel technologies featured on the GM Holden stand. Another includes Active Fuel Management (AFM) which is being introduced across Holden's full range of automatic V8 vehicles from January 2009.
AFM enables an eight cylinder vehicle to automatically operate on four cylinders in certain driving conditions. In a combination of town and highway driving, the technology can deliver fuel savings of up to one litre per 100 kilometres, with potential for even better results at constant cruising speeds.
Vehicles fitted with AFM will form part of the Holden EcoLine brand launched today by GM Holden to highlight a broad range of vehicles using alternative fuels or fuel saving technologies, underlining the company's commitment to energy diversity.
Holden EcoLine will initially encompass GM Holden's wide variety of diesel, LPG and AFM-enabled vehicles, with more set to join the range in the future.
Five other vehicles on the GM Holden stand also make their Australian motor show debuts. Sportwagon 60th Anniversary Special Edition, the tough new Colorado, the refreshed Barina, the 2WD Captiva with segment leading fuel efficiency and the upgraded Epica are all on display for the first time.
For many visitors this will be the first opportunity to see these much-anticipated vehicles, all launched in the second half of 2008 and starting to arrive in showrooms.
The stunning Coupe 60 concept, revealed earlier in the year will be another show highlight, honouring 60 years of innovative design and engineering at GM Holden.
GM Holden's Chairman and Managing Director, Mark Reuss, said Holden's impressive display stretches across nearly all segments and fuel types, representing one of the most extensive vehicle ranges in the Australian market today.
"With 24 vehicles on our stand, the Holden range covers a wide selection of top sellers, recent arrivals and future technology," said Mr Reuss.
"Our vision at Holden is to offer customers a range of options designed to meet their specific driving patterns and budgets, and if you look around our stand today you will see we are already starting to deliver."
Coupe 60 Concept
The Coupe 60 is the stunning two-door pillarless coupe boasting sophisticated technology and sports performance and provides a glimpse of Holden's future directions in design, engineering and emerging engine technologies.
Powered by a 6.0 litre V8 engine incorporating the latest technologies including AFM and calibrated for E85 ethanol fuel, Coupe 60 explores the limits of Holden's current rear-wheel drive capabilities, combining racing looks and technology in a road going sportscar experience.
Putting excitement back in to practicality, the Sportwagon line-up will be on display offering new levels of comfort, safety and styling in a Holden wagon, combined with sedan-like ride and handling.
As part of Holden's celebrations to mark the 60th birthday of the 48-215, a Sportwagon 60th Anniversary Special Edition has been released and will make its Motor Show debut.
The special edition boasts 18 inch alloy wheels (4), leather appointed seats, Bluetooth for compatible mobiles, leather wrapped steering wheel and a 60th Anniversary badge, in addition to those features already standard on the Omega Sportwagon such as Electronic Stablity Control (ESC), six airbags and rear park assist.
The special edition Sportwagon is available in a range of seven colours including the newly introduced Cobra.
This powerful light truck promises to deliver high levels of performance and load carrying capability, all with car-like interior comfort and value for money, for which Holden is renowned.
A three tonne braked towing capability on turbo diesel 4x4 variants adds to Colorado's rugged appeal.
The Holden Colorado offers consumers a wide choice of body styles, engine types and specifications with the durability, power and features to cover dual purposes of work and recreation.
Another stand highlight is the popular Barina 3-door hatchback which has received a fresh new look and feel, plus the addition of side impact airbags now standard across the range.
The Barina 3-door and 5-door hatchbacks have been given a more dynamic body design which is highlighted by a strong Euro-styled front fascia, rear end treatments and a significantly upgraded interior.
On all models, the Barina bodyshell has been enhanced with three clearly defined load paths designed to absorb the impact of an offset front-end accident and support the entire structure of the passenger cell over a large area. High-strength steel has been used to reinforce the B-pillar.
The newly released 2WD Captiva SX diesel will also make its Motor Show debut, boasting segment leading fuel efficiency. This gives consumers all the benefits of a medium SUV with the fuel efficiency of a much smaller vehicle.
Powered by the same 2.0 litre diesel engine found in the Captiva AWD range, the manual 2WD model will lead its segment with fuel efficiency of 7.2 litres per 100 kilometres (ADR81/01), while the automatic returns an impressive 8.5 litres per kilometres. Both will feature under the Holden EcoLine brand.
The new five-seater 2WD Captiva will be available as an SX model which retains all the specifications of its AWD equivalent with Traction Control, Active Rollover Protection, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and curtain airbags as standard.
With recommended retail prices of $33,990 for the five-speed manual transmission and $35,990 for the five-speed automatic, the Holden Captiva diesel 2WD models are $2,000 less than their AWD equivalents.
GM Holden will showcase the value-packed mid-size Epica sedan. Epica has recently received a new fuel efficient four-cylinder turbo diesel engine plus six-speed automatic transmission with Active Select, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and six airbags standard across the range.
Epica is the latest addition to Holden's growing diesel range, delivering not only great performance but impressive fuel efficiency of a low 7.6 litres per 100 kilometres (ADR81/01). It will be another vehicle to feature under the Holden EcoLine banner.
The introduction of significant safety features such as ESC and six airbags as standard across the range compliment an already comprehensive list of safety features which includes ABS, Traction Control and Electronic Brake Force Distribution.
Commodore, Statesman and Caprice
Several of the award winning VE Commodore range and a WM Caprice will be on display including the value packed Commodore 60th Anniversary sedan, sporty SS V-Series and luxurious Calais V-Series.
Commodore SS V-Series with fuel saving AFM technology will make up part of the Holden EcoLine range, complete with new badging to highlight the innovative powertrain.
Offering the fuel running costs comparable to a small car, the Commodore 60th Anniversary Special Edition fitted with Holden's dual fuel LPG system also takes its place under the Holden EcoLine banner.
In another recent upgrade, the Commodore Omega and Berlina are now fitted with the Premium High Feature V6 engine delivering fuel efficiency improvements and a reduction in CO2 emissions.
VE Ute offers more features, more useable interior space, greater storage flexibility and more performance than any of its Holden predecessors.
The Holden stand features an Omega Ute fitted with dual fuel LPG and demonstrates how the new LPG system is cleanly integrated into the Ute's tub liner.
Holden recently announced it has dramatically reduced the price of the dual fuel LPG system on Commodore and Ute, making it another attractive option under the Holden EcoLine banner.
GM Holden has reduced the cost of its dual fuel LPG system by $1500 on Commodore Omega, Berlina, Commdore 60th Anniversary Special Edition and Omega Ute. This means for private buyers eligible for the $2000 government rebate, the net cost of an LPG Ute would only be $1400 more than its petrol equivalent and only $400 more for the LPG sedan.
Small car range
A selection of Holden's small car range will be on display, including the versatile new Astra CDX wagon diesel which is part of Holden EcoLine, the Astra SRi 5-Door and SRi turbo coupe, the stylish Astra Twintop and the Astra CD 5-Door with new 'Style Pack'.
Astra boasts a number of standard safety features including Electronic Stability Control across the range.
These cars will be joined by the Viva hatch which represents outstanding value for money.
Holden Vehicle Display - Australian International Motor Show 2008:
- Volt display chassis
- Coupe 60 concept
- VE Sportwagon "60th Anniversary Special Edition"
- VE Sportwagon SV6
- VE Sportwagon Calais V-Series
- VE Ute Omega (LPG) - Holden EcoLine
- VE Ute SS V-Series
- VE Commodore "60th Anniversary Special Edition" (LPG) - Holden EcoLine
- VE Commodore SS V-Series (AFM) - Holden EcoLine
- VE Commodore Calais V-Series
- WM Caprice (AFM) - Holden EcoLine
- CG Captiva SX 2WD diesel - Holden EcoLine
- CG Captiva LX AWD diesel
- RC Colorado LT-R 4x4 3.0L turbo diesel
- RC Colorado LT-R 4x4 3.0L turbo diesel
- EP Epica CDX diesel - Holden EcoLine
- TK Barina 3-Door
- TK Barina sedan
- AH Astra SRi 3-Door turbo
- AH Astra SRi 5-Door
- AH Astra CDX Wagon diesel - Holden EcoLine
- AH Astra CD 5-Door with 'Style Pack'
- AH Astra TwinTop
- JF Viva 5-Door with optional pack
The Australian International Motor Show 2008 is at the Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, and runs from 9 October to 19 October 2008.
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