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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 Chevrolet Cruze elsewhere in the world.

The Cruze hatch with its sweeping roofline and short overhangs was first shown as a concept 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 Design Studio.

“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.”

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“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 sedan.”

“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 sedan 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.


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