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Holden has commenced production of the Australian-made Cruze hatch today. The launch is due in several weeks.

Designed and engineered for Australian conditions, the hatch joins Cruze sedan and Commodore variants on the assembly line at Holden Vehicle Operations in Elizabeth, South Australia.

Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mike Devereux, said the new addition to the locally-made portfolio highlighted the flexibility of the Holden plant and workforce.

Cruze Programme Engineering Manager, Peter Siablis, who was present for the start of production, said the hatch had been specifically engineered for Australian driving styles and road conditions.

“We clocked up a further 140,000 kilometres testing the new Cruze hatch on local roads which helped us develop a number of enhancements for the hatch which we’ve also applied to the model year 2012 Cruze sedan,” he said.

“When customers get behind the wheel next month we think they’ll feel the suspension changes we’ve made which improve steering response, ride quality and add a sense of refinement to the overall driving experience.”

Cruze hatch line-up and pricing mirrors the Cruze sedan, with two petrol engine choices including the 1.4iTi and 1.8 litre, as well as a 2.0 litre diesel. Cruze hatch will be launched on South Australian roads on 8th November.

Holden benefitted from Federal and South Australian government funding for the Cruze production plan.


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