Holden rolls out the big guns

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SOME very in­ter­est­ing things are hap­pen­ing at Lang Lang. There’s al­ways good stuff run­ning around at GM Holden’s prov­ing ground, in­clud­ing the bat­tery of Ca­maro coupes and con­vert­ibles I saw dur­ing a half-day romp with Saab this year.

But now we have some re­ally ex­cit­ing news — fresh from a pair of im­par­tial eye­balls that were sneaked in­side the com­pound last week.

Ac­cord­ing to our source, five diese­lengined Com­modores are un­der­go­ing tri­als. No de­tails on the type of en­gines, or the ca­pac­ity, but the sight­ing proves GM Holden is ul­tra-se­ri­ous about its fu­ture fu­els plan.

Then there are the per­for­mance cars — a Com­modore-sized con­vert­ible and a Com­modore-sized coupe. The source says they are def­i­nitely not just Ca­maros but has noth­ing else to help with iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

But it’s much eas­ier to con­firm a Com­modore-sized hy­brid car.

And, fi­nally, how about an HSV R8 run­ning on a chas­sis dyno — with a tur­bocharged en­gine!

We’ll have more news soon on the cars and pro­grams, but the bot­tom line is sim­ple: Holden is go­ing as hard and as fast as it can into a sus­tain­able and com­pet­i­tive fu­ture in Aus­tralia.

We can’t wait to drive some of th­ese cars.

On the run: a Com­modore-sized coupe — such as the Coupe 60 con­cept above — has been seen at Lang Lang.

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