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5th September, 2010

  • Cruze hatchback show car to be unveiled at Paris Motor Show
  • Hatchback show car designed and built by Holden in Australia
  • New model confirmed for Australia

Holden’s design talents will be showcased to the world next month when a five-door Chevrolet Cruze hatchback show car is unveiled at the Paris Motor Show.

Chevrolet Europe has released the first images of the global model which was designed and built by Holden’s Port Melbourne design studio.

The show car with its sweeping coupe roofline and short overhangs is a precursor to a production model, also designed by Holden that will be built in several countries, including Australia where it will begin production in late 2011.

Holden's Chief Designer Richard Ferlazzo said the project had been a significant undertaking for the studio which had spent more than 12 months working with GM designers from around the world developing the hatchback variant.

"Our brief was to create an alternative body style to the traditional sedan that retained the same dynamic proportions that has made Cruze such a success around the world,” Mr Ferlazzo said.

“We are very proud of the result which will be tailored further for the Australian market and given an appearance consistent with the rest of the Holden portfolio next year.”

The Chevrolet Cruze hatch will be sold in Europe from mid-2011. Whilst the Chevrolet Cruze sedan is now on the North American market, the hatchback version isn't planned for Canada or the USA.

The Holden Design Studio is a part of the General Motors global design network, as one of only three facilities in the world with the capability to design and build prototype concept vehicles for exhibitions and the world's major motor shows.


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