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28th February, 2011

Holden has unveiled its new locally-built Series II Cruze sedan range that includes the most fuel-efficient car currently built in Australia.

The new Cruze is manufactured at Holden’s Vehicle Operations in Elizabeth, South Australia.

With powerful, responsive and fuel-efficient powertrains, a 'light duty' styling make-over,  wider model choices and keen pricing, Holden’s ‘big small car’ is expected to build on the success of its predecessor.

Two new "sports" models, Cruze SRi and range topping Cruze SRi-V, join the line-up alongside the popular Cruze CD and the high-feature Cruze CDX. When the hatchback version arrives, it will be available in the same four model designations.

Performance options now include GM’s new generation 2.0 litre turbo diesel which returns fuel economy of 5.6 litres per 100 km when paired to its six-speed manual transmission (ADR81/01). The combination makes it Australia’s most fuel-efficient locally-built car.

The range also boasts an all-new 1.4 litre turbo induction (1.4 iTi) petrol engine with variable valve timing which returns fuel economy of 6.4 litres per 100 km on manual models.

Meanwhile the 1.8 litre DOHC powerplant, already available on Cruze CD and CDX today, delivers fuel economy of 7 litres per 100 km.

All engines meet the Euro 5 emission standard and have been engineered to better match Australian driving preferences with a balanced blend of responsiveness and fuel economy.

A range of refinements, among them the fitment of Watts link performance suspension with all 1.4 iTi  models, results in even more controlled and predictable handling qualities and a smoother, quieter ride.

New-look Series II Cruze styling continues to reflect European design influences, blended with bold Holden signature front and rear fascia treatments and new wheel designs. Cruze SRi models are distinguished by new sports-styling cues.

The Cruze SRi-V comes complete with luxury marque innovations such as passive entry and start with Sensor Key technology. Other smart technology features on the Sri-V include integrated satellite navigation with full colour widescreen display and a premium multimedia audio/DVD system with 10GB hard drive enabling owners to store around 2,000 songs. The system also has the ability to pause live radio for up to 20 minutes.

Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mike Devereux said the locally-made Series II Cruze gave buyers an even more persuasive mix of style and substance.

“We have worked hard to improve on the current model by tailoring the Cruze to better meet the needs of Australian motorists,” Mr Devereux said.

“We think our locally-developed range ticks all the boxes for people who appreciate style, comfort and convenience, as well as high-tech performance options and great interior space.

“Cruze also remains one of the safest small cars on the market and more than ever it represents exceptional value for money in true Holden tradition.”

Performance and Fuel Economy

GM’s 2.0 litre DOHC common rail turbo diesel engine is optional on Cruze CD and CDX.

Power output increases by 9 per cent and torque is up by 12.5 per cent compared with the previous model. The 2.0 litre turbo diesel now produces 120 kW at 3,800 rpm and 360 Nm at 1,750 rpm.

Even with the performance boost, fuel economy improves to a frugal 5.6 litres per 100 km (with new six-speed manual transmission) and remains at 6.7 litres per 100 km with optional six-speed auto.

Meanwhile, an all-new and highly efficient 1.4 iTi DOHC petrol-fuelled engine with variable valve timing comes standard on SRi and SRi-V models and is optional on Cruze CD.

Also a 'member' of Holden’s Ecoline family, the four-cylinder 1.4 iTi produces peak power of 103 kW at 4,900 rpm and peak torque of 200 Nm between 1,850-4,900 rpm; the wide maximum torque range contributing to an enjoyable driving experience.

Matched to a new six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic with Active Select, the 1.4 iTi optimises performance and fuel savings. Each model with the 1.4 iTi also comes paired with electronic power steering.

With manual shift, the 'torquey' turbo returns a fuel economy figure of 6.4 litres per 100 km and with optional six-speed auto 6.9 litres per 100 km.

The 1.8 litre ECOTEC engine standard on Cruze CD and CDX models benefits from Holden engineering refinements that result in a more lively launch feel and all-round improved driveability.

The 16 valve four-cylinder 1.8 litre produces 104 kW of power at 6,200 rpm and develops 176 Nm of torque at 3,800 rpm.

With five-speed manual transmission, the 1.8 petrol returns 7 litres per 100 km; with six-speed auto that includes an improved final drive ratio, it delivers 7.4 litres per 100 km.

Feature Highlights

Cruze is a five-seater with a spacious and well-appointed cabin that contributes to its appeal.

The smart twin cockpit lay out, quality finishes, flush-mounted soft touch components, integrated centre console and ice-blue LED illuminated instrument panel reflect careful attention to detail. Storage, functionality and convenience features include 60/40 split rear seats, CD player, small item storage as well as four cup and four bottle holders.

Series II Holden Cruze CD standard feature highlights:

  • Engine options of 1.8L ECOTEC petrol engine, 1.4 iTi DOHC turbo petrol or 2.0L DOHC turbo diesel.
  • New 16-inch wheel trims
  • Six-speaker multimedia audio system with radio, in-dash CD, USB flash drive/iPod/MP3 compatibility
  • Steering wheel remote audio and cruise controls
  • Graphic information display
  • Six airbags – front driver and passenger, front side impact, side curtain
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Traction Control
  • Collapsible pedal assembly system
  • Air conditioning
  • Power operated windows on all doors
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Body-coloured door handles
  • Watts link performance suspension (1.4 iTi model only)

Series II Holden Cruze CDX additional feature highlights:

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  • Engine options of 1.8L ECOTEC petrol or 2.0L DOHC turbo diesel
  • New 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Fog lamps
  • Leather-appointed seat trim
  • Leather-wrap steering wheel and shifter
  • Rear park assist
  • Heated front seats
  • Chrome exterior highlights

Series II Holden Cruze SRi additional feature highlights over CD:

  • 1.4L iTi DOHC turbo petrol engine
  • Front and rear sports fascia and rocker covers
  • Rear lip spoiler
  • Sporty five-spoke sports 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Chrome door handles
  • Sonic blue cloth trim (standard on Voodoo and Karma exterior colours only)
  • Watts link performance suspension
  • Front fog lamps
  • Leather-wrap steering wheel and shifter

Series II Holden Cruze SRi-V additional feature highlights over the SRi:

  • Leather appointed seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Integrated satellite navigation
  • Passive entry and start with Sensor Key technology
  • Integrated 7-inch colour LCD screen
  • Premium audio system with 10GB hard drive, CD/MP3 rip and store capability,  DVD player and pause live radio functionality
  • Rear park assist


The Series II Cruze is distinguished by a new face with Holden’s trademark trapezoidal grille and strong chrome accents. There are new headlamps with bright jewelled bezels and new rear fascias feature sharp aero detailing.

New Cruze SRi and SRi-V models emphasise a sporty aesthetic with stand-out styling cues including exclusive front and rear fascia treatments, aero boot lip spoiler, sports rockers and 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels.

Cruze’s proportions are accentuated by a steeply raked windshield, arched roofline and fast-sloping rear pillars. These dynamic design elements, together with minimal front and rear overhangs that emphasise a wide stance, set it apart from the pack.

Colour Selection

Local production of Series II Cruze at Holden’s South Australian manufacturing facility enables an expanded selection of 10 exterior finishes and highlights the family ties to top-selling Commodore and Caprice ranges.

Phantom Black*
Alto Grey*
Nitrate Silver*
Mirage Glow*+
Poison Ivy*
Heron White
Red Hot

NOTE: * denotes prestige paint
+ Mirage Glow and Sizzle not available on SRi and SRi-V

Safety and Strength

Series II Cruze boasts the highest possible five-star ANCAP safety rating, thanks to across-the-range standard fitment of a range of high-technology active and passive safety features.

Cruze also benefits from a robust body structure which comprises 65 per cent high-strength steel and a technically advanced chassis systems which deliver enhanced accident avoidance capabilities. Energy-absorbing load paths protect the passenger safety cell and offer optimum protection in the event of a collision.

On sale

Late March

Manufacturer's List Price*

Series II Cruze retains the manufacturer's list price* on CD and CDX 1.8 petrol models from the previous range. New diesel engine technology adds $500 to the price of previous diesel models while new variants featuring the 1.4 iTi Turbo are launched with competitive pricing across the range.

CD 1.8L Petrol $20,990*
CD 1.4iTi $22,240*
CD Diesel $24,990*
CDX 1.8L Petrol $24,490*
CDX Diesel $28,490*
SRi 1.4iTi $24,490*
SRi V 1.4iTi $27,990*

Automatic transmission $2,000*
Prestige Paint $500*

NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice.

FURTHER NOTE: Power and torque figures as per ECE regulations


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