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24th February, 2006
The stunning custom EFIJY will make its Queensland debut alongside current Holden models at the 2006 Brisbane International Motor Show from Friday 3rd March.
EFIJY, a wild retro lookalike of the famous FJ Holden, has won global acclaim with its striking design cues and 480kW supercharged 6.0 litre engine.
Holden will also provide a glimpse into the future with its S3X SUV concept and Astra turbo diesel.
Other highlights include the new Barina Sedan, the first sedan in the car's 21-year history, a range of new 6.0-litre V8-powered cars and the Alloytec 3.6-litre Rodeo.
Painted in striking Soprano purple and featuring a 480kW supercharged 6.0 litre engine, EFIJY has received more global accolades since launch than any other concept in Holden's proud showcar history.
The Daewoo built car has a strong Australian influence with two former Holden designers, Michael Simcoe and Max Wolff, part of the design team which ensured the car would attract global attention.
The S3X features environmentally friendly hybrid technology, offering a glimpse into General Motors' potential future propulsion systems. The global debut of the South Korean built production version will be at next week's Geneva Motor Show. Holden has not yet announced Australian launch timing or local specifications.
Astra Turbo Diesel
Holden's Astra turbo diesel five-door hatch will deliver outstanding performance and improved fuel economy in the small passenger car market. The new Astras will feature a 1.9 litre turbo engine already calibrated to meet strict diesel emission requirements.
These vehicles will be highly specified with features including ESP, ABS, driver, front passenger and front side impact airbags, full size curtain airbags, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, six-stack CD player and trip computer.
The four-door is the first sedan in Barina's 21-year history and has been manufactured with significant Australian design and engineering input.
Joining the sedan will be the strong-selling three and five-door Barina variants. Together, this range delivers an array of standard features such as driver and front passenger airbags, air conditioning, power steering, MP3-compatible sound system with CD player and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. This makes these cars some of the most affordable and powerful cars in their category, starting at $12,990 (RRP).
New 6.0L V8 Alloy Engine
The new engine, codenamed L76, enables torque delivery to be significantly increased at lower revs offering improved acceleration, low speed engine response and improved ease of towing than the previous 5.7-litre engine. It is the first application of the L76 engine within General Motors around the world.
The extra performance will be managed with better breathing sports exhaust and significant improvements to automatic transmission characteristics. From an environmental perspective, all new variants meet strict ADR79/01 emission regulations which came into effect on 1 January 2006.
Alloytec V6 Rodeo
The Rodeo Global V6 engine will deliver peak output of 157kW at 5,300 rpm, an increase of 10 kilowatts over the previous engine, and peak torque of 313Nm at 2,800 rpm, an increase of 33Nm. It also meets strict Euro 3 emission requirements introduced on 1st January 2006.
Importantly, Holden has developed a flatter torque curve for the Global V6 Rodeo compared with the engine's passenger car applications, allowing Rodeo to tow up to 2,500 kilogrammes with automatic or manual transmissions.
The complete small car range
The sporty new three-door AH Astra coupe with its sleek silhouette and lowered stance and the compact and flexible Astra wagon with roomy accommodation for passengers and cargo will both be on display. Both have wowed buyers since making their Australian debut late last year.
Similarly the Daewoo manufactured 1.8-litre Viva hatch, sedan and wagon variants have been tailored for Australian driving conditions by Holden engineers and complement the small car line-up. Viva provides four airbags and a high level of standard equipment and is the only nameplate in its category offering sedan, hatch and wagon variants under $20,000.
Last but by no means least; the Tigra cabriolet completes the small car line-up. The sporty two-seater roadster is the first hardtop convertible to represent the Holden brand and was crowned "Cabrio of the Year 2004" at the Geneva Motor Show.
The versatile European import changes from coupe to open-top in just 18 seconds at the touch of a button as its retractable steel roof slips neatly into the boot.
The Brisbane International Motor Show 2006 is at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and runs from Friday 3rd March to Sunday 12th March 2006.
Holden Vehicle Display - Brisbane International Motor Show 2006
TK Barina sedan
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