Multi-million dollar tweak for HSV E Series
HOLDEN Special Vehicles has confirmed the launch of E Series 2. HSV says it will be a major multi-million upgrade to HSV range following in the wheel tracks of the VE Commodore upgrade later this year. The company said the E Series range would be given a major update with new features, driver enhancements and visual changes before the annual Bathurst 1000 race in October.
Managing director Phil Harding said the multi-million dollar program included major visual differentiation and introduced at least five firsts for Australian production cars.
“We know our customers want the latest technologies, as well as distinctive luxury and performance features in their HSV,” he said.
“Our customers will be delighted with the delivery of improved economy, more power, some truly exciting driver enhancements and distinctive design themes.”
HSV will start a staged preview campaign aimed at generating customer interest and demand in the new model. Dealers, frequent buyers and loyal customers will be supplied with this information ahead of general release because of the importance of this new model to HSV.
Mr Harding said the HSV dealer network had been briefed on the changes and dealers were actively speaking to past, present and future customers about the exciting new models.
“This represents a massive change for the successful E Series range and is the culmination of three years of research and development,” he said.
More details will be released when E Series 2 is launched.
In the meantime HSV LPG technology is a step closer to becoming an approved product program following the establishment of a dedicated ‘dyne’ facility at the company’s Clayton headquarters.
After 18 months of evaluating a range of alternative fuel options, including everything from diesel to ethanol, LPG is firming as the front runner to power HSVs.
Chief engineer Joel Stoddart said LPG technology had well and truly moved beyond the stigma of barbecue-powered taxi fleets, funny smells and other nefarious perceptions.
“We are seeing performance figures comparable to our 317kW LS3 powered range and it has certainly bought a smile to the face of the engineers testing the technology when they pull into a servo and can fill up for around $20,” he said.
Other advantages of the system include a range of up to 1000km due to the dual-fuel capabilities of the car, dedicated service station infrastructure across Australia and of course, greatly reduced running costs.
The LPG program is yet to be finally signed off by HSV management as an approved product program with that decision set to be made later this year, with more validation and testing steps to be undertaken.
If approved it is likely to take the form of an option along with the sun roof and satellite navigation systems.
“For a small up front premium we believe customers would see a cost saving within the first two or so years of running an LPG powered HSV,” Mr Stoddart said.
Freshened: The HSV E Series range will receive engine power and economy advances as well as some styling and equipment upgrades later this year.