New Holden un­der wraps

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By STU­ART INNES

HOLDEN is ready to start build­ing the new car it hopes will re­main the main­stay of its ex­is­tence as a car man­u­fac­turer in Aus­tralia.

Pho­tog­ra­phers from The Ade­laide Ad­ver­tiser have shot sev­eral early-build mod­els of the com­ing new Com­modore and Caprice range get­ting fi­nal road checks near the El­iz­a­beth pro­duc­tion plant in north­ern Ade­laide.

The new Com­modore will look a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to the ex­ist­ing VE model — launched four years ago — that has con­tin­ued to be Aus­tra- lia’s No 1 sell­ing new car.

Holden man­age­ment de­clared the new Com­modore will be called VE Se­ries II but de­clined to con­firm any changes.

The Se­ries II name and our pho­to­graphs in­di­cate lit­tle or no dif­fer­ence in body pan­els to the ex­ist­ing VE model.

‘‘We are not in a po­si­tion to dis­cuss changes to the new car, but the changes will make a great car even bet­ter,’’ Holden prod­uct com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Jonathon Rose said.

How­ever, it’s un­der­stood some ver­sions of the new Com­modore will run on bioethanol fuel of up to 85 per cent blend with petrol.

Many cars can run on E10 up to 10 per cent ethanol in the petrol but Holden has ex­pe­ri­ence mak­ing Com­modores for Brazil where higher ethanol blends are used.

The Com­modores with the E85 en­gines would be able to run on any blend from zero ethanol-100 per cent petrol to 85 per cent ethanol-15 per cent reg­u­lar petrol.

Ethanol a re­new­able fuel, is pro­duced from sugar cane and other veg­etable crops.

Al­ready, V8 Su­per­cars use E85 in their rac­ing.

Re­vi­sions to the Se­ries II VE are ex­pected to in­clude changes to the front-end styling and shap­ing and the rear end, as well as up­dated in­te­ri­ors.

The new model can be ex­pected in show­rooms by late next month or early Oc­to­ber.

Ver­sions of Com­modore sedan, Sport­wagon and long­wheel­base States­man and Caprice will be re­leased si­mul­ta­ne­ously in VE Se­ries II.

As pro­duc­tion cranks up, the El­iz­a­beth plant will re­sume its sec­ond full shift.

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