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