New engines aim to keep the Holden Commodore in top spot as Aussies best-selling car, where it has sat for 13 years
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Holden today announced its plans to begin building two new 3.0-litre V6 SIDI engines in its Melbourne plant next month.
SIDI is Holden's "Spark Ignition Direct Injection" technology, which will "deliver fuel efficiency with the same power as a normal V6 car".
SIDI will be standard on the Holden Commodore range.
The Model Year 10 (MY10) Commodore range will go on sale in late September in New Zealand "with the most fuel efficient Australian built six cylinder engine in the market".
Mark Reuss, Chairmand and Managing Director, GM Holden, says Holden has answered the public's call for better cost and performance
In a month where the company has been in the spotlight overseas, Holden is now investing inthe future.
New models will increase fuel efficiency by 13% and lower emissions by 14%.
Reuss says customers will be able to drive the almost 1000km journey from Melbourne to Sydney on one tank of gas - the new Omega and Berlina boasting a figure of 9.3L/100km. Reuss says this fugure is on a par with many small car models.
Reuss says the average Aussie, travelling 20,000km per year, will save $325 with today's petrol price.
The duel fuel LPG engines have also been improved, with efficiency up 6% to 13.4L/100km.
An all-new 3.0-litre SIDI engine – codenamed LF1 - will power the Omega and Berlina Commodore sedan and Omega Sportwagon.
The 3.6-litre SIDI engine – codenamed LLT – will be available for the premium Commodore range including SV6, Calais and Calais V-Series models, as well as the SV6 Ute and the long wheel-base Statesman.
A new 6-speed automatic transmission will be mated to the new engines, as well as new lower rolling tyres to further aid fuel efficiency.
The new 3.0-litre engine has reduced the weight of the car over the 3.6 by apprioximately 10kg.
Holden says pricing will not change on most models.
Reuss says while the current model sells on the timeless styling and a design that is second to none, a fresh look is coming for the Commodore, albeit one that is "not far off" the current.
Reuss says Holden's June sales were up, July sales were "doing fine" and Cruze sales in its first month will pleasantly surprise.
With these new engines, Holden says it is investing in what people want - fuel efficiency, refinement and performance. It believes it has found the "sweet spot" for the architecutre of the car, nmatching the fuel efficiency performance with the vehicle of today.
When questioned on export possibilities, Holden says the new product will be exported into other GM models, with the possibility of export into Chinese indigenous-produced vehicles.