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GM Holden To Build Small Carline
Alongside Best-Selling Commodore
GM Holden will build an all-new
small car in Australia alongside the country's best-selling
Commodore range. The second carline will start in the third
quarter of 2010 with support from the Federal and South
Australian Governments. The vehicle will be based on General
Motors' global Delta small car platform and feature new
technologies to increase fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse
The new front-wheel-drive vehicle
will be built as a sedan and hatch at GM Holden's Elizabeth
manufacturing facility in South Australia. Design and
engineering work will take place at the company's headquarters
in Port Melbourne, Victoria. Start-stop hybrid technology and
capacity to run on alternative fuels such as E85, diesel, LPG
and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) are all being considered for
the vehicle's development. It will be GM Holden's first locally
produced car beyond its current range of larger vehicles since
the Asian economic crisis ended Vectra production in 1998. The
program will require 500 to 600 existing employees at Elizabeth
and is estimated to provide 500 to 600 local supplier positions.
GM Holden Chairman and Managing
Director, Mark Reuss said the announcement provided opportunity
to take a leading role in developing alternative fuel and fuel
saving technologies in Australia for Australians. Mr Reuss said
the program would be a major contributor to the economy,
generating an estimated $70 million to $80 million in wages and
$30 million in research and development.
Government, we are extending the scope and consumer appeal of
our local manufacturing efforts," Mr Reuss said. "We have been
building Holden cars to suit the needs of Australian motorists
for 60 years. These plans build on that tradition. We recognise
the needs and desires of motorists are evolving with growing
concern around environmental factors and shifting consumer
infrastructure will be introduced to the Elizabeth plant to make
it capable of producing a series of GM global vehicles in years
to come. It also provides opportunity to develop an export
program for the vehicle, particularly to other right hand drive
markets around the world.
GM Group Vice President and Asia
Pacific President, Nick Reilly, today added his support to the
program as proof of GM's capacity to innovate across the region.
"This announcement recognises the ability of GM, GM Holden and
the Australian automotive industry to see the future and move in
the right direction," Mr Reilly said.
(Jan 2, 2009)