Holden set for future thirst
‘‘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.
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