China hand to head Holden
June 7, 2007, 9am. There’ll be a new head at Holden from August as Denny Mooney (pictured), who oversaw the ambitious VE Commodore programme, relocates to Detroit as vice president of global vehicle systems and integration.
New lion king Chris Gubbey is currently executive vice president of Shanghai General Motors, a joint venture of GM and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp making vehicles under the Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and Saab nameplates.
Hyundai puts economy to the test
June 7, 2007, 9am. Hyundai has staged its own economy run to draw attention to the good fuel consumption characteristics of its fleet, many of which offer diesel alternatives.
A highlight of the 1100km return trip to Auckland via Taupo, Wanganui and New Plymouth was the 3.94 litres per 100km from a Getz diesel, driven by Aucklander Donn Anderson, who is no stranger to economy runs.
All vehicles managed to achieve returns below the Government-published economy figures, including those running fully loaded.
They used bio-fuels above the minimum government guidelines; the petrol vehicles used a 10 per cent blend of ethanol and the diesels a five per cent blend of biodiesel.