The all-new Holden Cruze made its Australian debut at the Melbourne International Motor Show today, signalling the company’s latest entrant in the competitive lower medium segment
Cruze is the first of General Motors’ new wave of global products and will enter New Zealand’s lower medium car segment in the third quarter of 2009.
The Cruze is powered by a 1.8 litre 4-cylinder ECOTEC petrol engine or optional 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbocharged common rail diesel engine.
Holden New Zealand Managing Director, Simon Carr said Cruze represented Holden’s commitment to the lower medium market and marked the beginning of a new era for the company. “The lower medium market is one of the fastest growing segments in the New Zealand market and this is our response to that change,” Carr said.
“Cruze will play a significant role in Holden’s future and presents us with a new generation car, a new design and a new way of thinking.
“It is a world class car that has the perfect blend of both style and substance, all from the base model to the top of the range.”
2009 HOLDEN CRUZE HIGHLIGHTS
The Cruze line-up will include CD and CDX models, both powered by a 1.8 litre 4 cylinder ECOTEC petrol engine with the choice of a five speed manual transmission or six speed automatic transmission with Active Select.
A 2.0 litre common rail turbocharged diesel engine will be available as an option on the CD model and will form part of the Holden EcoLine range.
Inside, contoured sport seats and a dual cockpit design houses an advanced integrated centre panel with graphic information display and CD with MP3 “plug and play” functionality.
An integrated centre stack houses the infotainment display, radio and HVAC controls.
Safety features across the range include:
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- Traction Control (TC)
- Anti-lock Brakes (ABS)
- Brake Assist (BA)
- Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
- Six airbags including driver, front passenger, front side and curtain airbags
- Seatbelt retractor and lap pretensioners with seatbelt load limiters
- Sixty-five percent of the structure is high-strength steel
Full specifications, fuel economy figures and pricing will be released closer to launch.