GM Holden to build Delta car line

  • 22-Dec-2008 05:39 EST

General Motors Holden will build an all-new s­mall car in Australia starting in the third quarter of 2010 with support from Federal and South Australian Governments. Based on General Motors' global Delta small-car platform that underpins the upcoming Chevrolet Cruze and Opel, Vauxhall, and Saturn Astra, the new ­front-wheel-drive vehicle (shown in this concept sketch) will be built as a sedan and hatchback at the Elizabeth manufacturing facility in South Australia. Flexible manufacturing will be introduced to that plant to make it capable of producing a series of GM global vehicles in years to come. The architecture was primarily developed by GM Europe in Russelsheim, Germany, for markets around the world. Local design and engineering work on the Australian vehicle will take place at GM Holden's Port Melbourne headquarters in Victoria. Direct injected petrol and diesel variants of the vehicle will be produced, and a range of alternative fuel or fuel-saving technologies including E85, LPG, CNG, and start-stop hybrid capability are being considered. It will be GM Holden's first locally produced car beyond its current range of larger vehicles since Vectra production ceased in 1998. An export program for the vehicle may be developed for other global right-hand-drive markets.

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