Multi-mil­lion dol­lar tweak for HSV E Se­ries

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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.

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