Holden hits mys­tery trail

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SOME­THING spe­cial from Holden will be the key to the 2008 Syd­ney Mo­tor Show. The com­pany that rocked the show in the past with ev­ery­thing from the Monaro to the retro­fu­tur­is­tic Efijy is plan­ning a 60th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion with an­other land­mark car.

It is giv­ing noth­ing away, but open­ing day of the show next Fri­day prom­ises to be a big one as al­ways with ma­jor car­mak­ers un­veil­ing a range of new­com­ers, from the sub$15,000 bar­gain base­ment to the top end of the busi­ness.

Elfin will roll out a new take on Aus­tralian-made sports cars, com­plete with a new en­gine di­rec­tion from the GM Holden cab­i­net.

Holden is not promis­ing an­other Efijy for Syd­ney ’08 but be­lieves its star car will make an im­pact.

‘‘I think there’ll only ever be one Efijy. But, cer­tainly, we al­ways like to keep some­thing up our sleeve for mo­tor shows and the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show will be no ex­cep­tion,’’ com­pany spokesman John Lind­say says.

The mys­tery car will bear the Red Lion badge, not that of the Cadil­lac CTS, which will also be a part of the GM pres­ence at the show, he says.

Other brands will make their bids for top billing, with Mazda bring­ing in the Taiki — one of its Na­gare con­cepts penned around Ja­panese de­sign in­flu­ences and in­tended to ‘‘vis­ually ex­press the flow of air’’.

The Taiki’s dra­mat­i­cally aero­dy­namic body shape has a drag co-ef­fi­cient of 0.25. It is also a show­case for Mazda’s nextgen­er­a­tion Re­n­e­sis ro­tary en­gine.

Maserati will take the wraps off two mod­els: the new 4.7-litre V8 Qu­at­tro­porte and the range-top­ping GranTurismo S.

Only a week af­ter Peu­geot gives its 308CC a global de­but in Paris, the coupe-cabri­o­let will visit Syd­ney to give Aus­tralians a closer look at the four-seater con­vert­ible.

Suzuki will show its Kizashi 3, which pre­views the com­pany’s plans to get a sports sedan into the medium passenger-car busi­ness, and a new value-first baby car.

Show stars: there’ll be no Efijy (above) but Holden is set to make a splash, as is the Peu­geot 308CC (be­low).

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