Holden has made fuel-efficiency improvements across its V6-powered Commodore range, with a model year 2012 update on-sale early October
The new Commodore Omega sedan, powered by the Australian-built 3.0 litre SIDI V6 engine, now achieves a fuel economy of 8.9L/100km, down from 9.1L/100km on the previous model.
Fuel economy on the entry-level Omega sedan has improved 18% over the life of the model with the addition of Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI) technology, calibration improvements and other weight saving and aero enhancements.
With the model year update all Commodore vehicles will become flex-fuel capable with 3.6L SIDI V6 engine, powering models like the popular SV6, now also able to run on bio-ethanol/E85.
The Commodore model year update will also add subtle design enhancements and other features which will be announced closer to start of production this month. A new range of dedicated LPG models will also be launched in early 2012.
Holden New Zealand Managing Director, Jeff Murray, said offering alternative fuel options like LPG and bio-ethanol provide Kiwi’s with a greater choice for reduced CO2 emissions.
“Bringing more dedicated LPG and flex-fuel vehicles to market will help drive demand for alternative fuel vehicles and help people to become more aware of the benefits they offer.”
Combined with on-going vehicle mass reduction, Holden engineers made a number of enhancements to the new model year V6 models to improve fuel economy.
All automatic V6 models now feature an improved, more efficient transmission, which reduces mechanical losses, and the 3.0 litre SIDI variants also benefit from a revised torque converter. The air-conditioning system has also been re-engineered to improve efficiency and draw less operating power.
Murray said the Holden engineering team was also working behind the scenes to bring more fuel saving innovations to future Commodore models with co-investment support from the Australian Federal Government’s New Car Plan for a Greener Future.
“Our engineering team across the Tasman is constantly working on innovative weight-saving features like aluminium body panels and is currently exploring the potential benefits of other technologies like electronic power steering,” he said.
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