Melbourne, Australia – GM Holden will build an all-new small car in Australia, alongside its best-selling Commodore range. The new car line will start in the third quarter of 2010, with support from the Federal and South Australian governments.
Some Holden models form the basis of North American models, including the Commodore-based Pontiac G8.
The new vehicle will be based on GM’s global Delta small car platform, come in sedan and hatchback form, and feature new technologies to increase fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Start-stop hybrid technology and the capacity to run on alternative fuels such as E85, diesel and compressed natural gas (CNG) are all being considered for the vehicle’s development.
Flexible manufacturing infrastructure will be added to the plant where the new model will be built, making it capable of producing a series of GM global vehicles in the future. The global Delta architecture will also be used on the upcoming Chevrolet Cruze, and on the next-generation Astra, which is sold by Opel, Vauxhall and Saturn. The architecture was primarily designed by GM Europe in Russelsheim, Germany for markets worldwide.