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First Holden AWD coming to NZ


Holden’s first all-wheel-drive (AWD) turbocharged performance sedan will arrive in New Zealand dealerships late next month, marking the second important instalment in Holden’s new European product onslaught.

Following the exciting launch of Astra and Cascada last month, Holden will welcome the top of the range, sporty Insignia VXR which boasts stunning design, sophisticated technology and European quality all in a true mid-sized performance car.

Built in Russelsheim, Germany, Insignia VXR features state-of-the-art AWD technology and sporty performance via a 2.8 litre V6 turbocharged engine which, when partnered with a six-speed automatic transmission, delivers 239kW of power and an impressive 435Nm of torque.

Kristian Aquilina, Holden New Zealand managing director, said Insignia VXR was an exciting addition to the Holden range.

“New Holden Insignia VXR is visually impressive with a great road presence it’s also an exceptional build quality with breath-taking performance. Insignia only adds to the Holden DNA of performance and brings a new and exciting drivers car to the mix,” Mr Aquilina said.

“The German designed and engineered AWD is loaded with additional equipment and is sure to impress customers looking for that true performance mid-size sedan.”

“This new addition to the Holden portfolio shows how serious we are about our future product strategy and Insignia VXR is a tantalising taste of things to come.”

The vehicle will introduce three new sophisticated technologies to Holden, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Change Alert and Auto Emergency Braking, which join numerous other premium features such as Adaptive Forward Lighting, Blind Spot Alert and FlexRide Suspension.

Insignia offers three performance settings; Standard, Sport and VXR, allowing drivers to customise the vehicle’s performance features such as responsive accelerator and gear change, sport steering, firmer sports suspension and a greater rear bias AWD setting.

The next generation MyLink infotainment system boasts an eight-inch touch screen display and is complemented by a premium audio system with seven high-quality speakers.

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