Holden set for fu­ture thirst

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‘‘The launch of Se­ries II de­liv­ers on a prom­ise to pro­vide our cus­tomers with more sus­tain­able op­tions for pow­er­ing their car,’’ Mar­shall said.

‘‘We be­lieve that bioethanol has huge po­ten­tial in Aus­tralia. It is a cleaner­burn­ing, re­new­able fuel and long-term we think it has the abil­ity to dis­place up to 30 per cent of Aus­tralia’s petrol use.

‘‘We’re very proud of Se­ries II a ve­hi­cle that is de­signed and en­gi­neered by Aus­tralians, built by Aus­tralians and which can now use an Aus­tralian-made al­ter­na­tive fuel.’’

To en­sure avail­abil­ity of the bio-ethanol fuel for Se­ries II ve­hi­cles, Holden has en­tered into a part­ner­ship with lead­ing fuel re- tailer Cal­tex, which will sell the fuel un­der the Bio E-Flex brand name.

Mar­shall said Aus­tralia’s present ethanol sup­ply was pro­duced from the byprod­ucts cre­ated dur­ing the in­dus­trial pro­duc­tion of wheat and sugar, as well as sorghum.

As a part of a new con­sor­tium, Holden is also in­ves­ti­gat­ing the vi­a­bil­ity of es­tab­lish­ing Aus­tralia’s first sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion ethanol plant which would pro­duce ethanol from house­hold and other waste.

‘‘Here and now, the VE Se­ries II Com­modore of­fers Aus­tralians a ve­hi­cle that is af­ford­able to run, has a re­duced im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment and is great to drive,’’ Mar­shall said.

‘‘But in the long term, our vi­sion is that the sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion pro­duc­tion of this fuel, and its use in these ve­hi­cles, will re­duce Aus­tralia’s de­pen­dence on petrol make a ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion to sus­tain­able mo­tor­ing and green­house gas re­duc­tion.’’

Kerry Holden had a strik­ing dis­play on Thurs­day fea­tur­ing the new Se­ries II Com­modores as well as ve­hi­cles from the Clas­sic Holden Car Club of the NT.

It was a timely con­trast of the old and the new, the past and the fu­ture.

Pic­tures: KATE FREESTONE

Kerry Holden in­vited clients and busi­ness guests from Dar­win to put the pedal to the metal and test some of the new VE Se­ries II Com­modores around Hid­den Val­ley race­way this week

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