Wagon ter­rain

Holden goes back to Korea for this take on its small car

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wagon at the El­iz­a­beth plant in Ade­laide but there are no plans to do so.

‘‘ Could we build it here? Ab­so­lutely, we have the ca­pa­bil­ity to do so, and it is cer­tainly some­thing we can look at in the fu­ture, but by im­port­ing the ve­hi­cle we get a great op­por­tu­nity to test the mar­ket’s re­ac­tion to a wagon of this size,’’ she says.

‘‘ We’re still work­ing out what the vol­umes would be and to tool up for a new vari­ant where the vol­umes might be niche. We need to work out if it’s a good busi­ness move.’’

The Chevro­let ver­sion of the Cruze wagon, con­ceived by Aus­tralian de­signer Lee Mitchell, de­buts at the Geneva mo­tor show next month. The Cruze has sold more than one mil­lion glob­ally since it was launched in 2009 and Holden sales and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor John Elsworth is look­ing for­ward to the wagon.

‘‘ Cruze wagon ticks all the boxes,’’ he says, though the box it doesn’t tick is the one marked ‘‘ Aus­tralian-made’’.

‘‘ We’re con­fi­dent the Cruze wagon will take the name­plate from strength to strength and reach new cus­tomers who are look­ing for more ver­sa­til­ity.’’

The new wagon is about 80mm longer than the sedan and has a 500-litre cargo space. Holden won’t re­lease de­tails on the en­gine op­tions for the hatch un­til closer to launch but ex­pect the present en­gine lineup of two petrol and one turbo diesel to carry over to the wagon range.

Also yet to be con­firmed is the Mylink in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem that is be­ing in­tro­duced on top-spec Cruze mod­els this year, in­te­grat­ing the owner’s smart­phone into the car, of­fer­ing a link to playlists, pho­tos, phone books, data, videos and even some sat­nav phone apps.

For­eign model: Chevro­let’s ver­sion of the Cruze wagon will make its global de­but next month at the Geneva mo­tor show

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