Five-star new­comer

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - Front Page -

THE Holden Cruze got a big safety tick this week with a five-star crash rat­ing. That’s also a big tick for GM Holden’s small-car fu­ture.

The Com­modore’s baby brother, the com­pact Cruze, earned the top rank­ing from the Aus­tralian New-Car As­sess­ment Pro­gram fol­low­ing a se­ries of lo­cal crash tests.

It joins the lo­cally-made Com­modore and Ford Fal­con with a five-star rat­ing.

The Cruze goes on sale on June 1 with a sub-$25,000 start­ing price and into lo­cal pro­duc­tion next year in Ade­laide.

It is the first Korean-made mem­ber of the Holden fam­ily to gain five stars, with the baby Ba­rina still only a four-star car de­spite re­cent safety up­dat­ing and the larger Viva also gets four stars. The Cap­tiva SUV, also a four-star per­former, is built in Thai­land.

De­vel­op­ment of the Cruze is part of a global pro­gram which will spawn a range of mid-sized mod­els around the world. The Cruze is al­ready sell­ing in Europe with a Chevro­let badge and a sim­i­lar car is sold in Bri­tain as the Vaux­hall In­signia.

The crash re­sult con­firms the Cruze’s safety pack­age ahead of its lo­cal launch, al­though pric­ing is still se­cret. Even the ba­sic model comes with six airbags, ESP sta­bil­ity con­trol and anti-skid brakes.

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