Holden hits mystery trail
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).