Holden Cruze hatch for Q4
16th March, 2011
The Holden Cruze hatchback goes into production at
Holden’s Vehicle Operations in South Australia later this year.
The hatchback version of the Cruze was designed by Holden’s Port Melbourne design studio and will be
sold as the Holden Cruze in Australia and as a
elsewhere in the world.
The Cruze hatch with its sweeping roofline and short overhangs was first shown as a
at the 2010 Paris Motor Show followed by the Chevrolet production version which made its world premiere
at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month.
Images of Holden’s own model were released today in Melbourne.
Holden Design Director, Tony Stolfo, said Cruze hatch highlighted the breadth of skill in the Holden
“The Holden design team works on a range of global design projects from small hatchbacks like the
new Cruze to large wheel drive performance vehicles and also a number of exciting vehicles yet to be
revealed,” Mr Stolfo said.
"The Cruze sedan is already a huge hit in Australia – so it was rewarding to work on a global
project that we would also be able to adapt specifically for Australia.”
“In designing the new five-door hatch we wanted to retain the sporty ‘Cruze’ proportions and bring
the same Holden appearance to the hatch that we developed for the new locally-built Series II Cruze
“Holden is very proud of the global design work it does for other brands and countries around the GM
world – but it’s especially gratifying to work on a new vehicle designed and built in Australia.”
The Holden Design Studio is a part of General Motors global design network and is one of only GM three
facilities in the world with the capability to design and build prototype concept vehicles for exhibitions
and international motor shows.
The new Cruze hatch will join the
in Holden showrooms in the last quarter of 2011, whilst the locally-built Series II Cruze sedan line-up will
be available by the end of March.