Holden Makes LPG Even More Appealing
7th August, 2008
Private customers can now buy dual fuel LPG-powered Holden Commodores for as little as $400 more than their petrol equivalents.
This follows the announcement on Monday that GM Holden is reducing the recommended retail pricing on all its new LPG Commodores by $1,500.
With eligible private buyers entitled to the Federal Government’s current rebate of $2,000*, this means that from only $400 on sedan, Australian families can access all the comfort, performance and practical advantages of a large car, at annual fuel costs comparable to popular petrol-only small cars.
The cost of Holden’s dual fuel LPG system has reduced from $3,900 to $2,400 on Commodore Omega, Berlina and 60th Anniversary sedans. There is an equivalent price drop from $4,900 to $3,400 for VE Omega ute (automatic model only).
In Western Australia, where an additional $1,000 State Government subsidies are available#, that equation becomes even more attractive.
Dual-fuel Omega and Berlina sedan models running on LPG currently deliver fuel economy of 15.5 litres per 100 km and 15.7 litres for Omega ute.
An example of LPG at $0.63 a litre, and unleaded petrol at $1.45, means a typical motorist covering 20,000 kms annually could expect to recoup the $400 outlay on an LPG Commodore sedan in just four months, and the $1,400 on a LPG Ute in less than a year.
GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mark Reuss, said, "Holden has always been committed to providing vehicles that enable Australian families to enjoy spacious, safe and comfortable motoring at a price within their reach."
"As rising petrol prices continue to put pressure on all motorists, LPG offers an affordable solution that is already widely available."
"It gives motorists access to large car benefits at small car fuel costs."
“With this further incentive from Holden, and continuing support from the Federal Government through its LPG rebate scheme, Australians now have another cost-effective option available to them when choosing their next family or business vehicle.”
Holden’s efficient dual-fuel Alloytec V6 engine is available on VE Omega, Berlina and 60th Anniversary sedan models, and the VE Omega ute.
With comparable performance to petrol-only models, Holden’s LPG powered sedans produce peak power of 175 kW @ 6,000 rpm (petrol 180 kW @ 6,000 rpm)** and peak torque is 325 Nm @ 2,600 rpm (petrol 330 Nm @ 2,600 rpm)**.
With two tanks, Holden’s dual fuel option also gives customers greater range and flexibility. On sedan, the 73 litre cylindrical LPG tank is located under the parcel shelf in the boot whilst on ute, a 74 litre cylindrical tank is fitted in the cargo tray with a modified tub liner. On both variants, the existing 73 litre petrol tank is unchanged.
Holden’s LPG unit is an advanced Sequential Vapour Gas Injection (SVGI) system, which injects gas directly into the engine, mimicking the petrol injection sequence. It has automatic changeover to LPG via seamless cylinder-by-cylinder activation and provides an automatic change back to petrol at low LPG levels.
As the dual fuel system has been designed and engineered by Holden, customers have the confidence that dual fuel models are covered by Holden’s three-year/100,000 km new vehicle warranty and are fully tested for safety and crash worthiness.
All vehicle safety systems are also retained including Electronic Stability Control as standard on both sedan and ute models.
LPG and petrol fillers are combined under the existing fuel filler cap and there is a separate LPG fuel gauge. There is no difference to service intervals and little difference to service costs, with an LPG vapour filter requiring replacement every 15,000 kms, and a liquid filter every 120,000 kms.
#Vehicles registered in Western Australia may be eligible for a further $1,000 rebate. For eligibility, refer to the WA Government’s LPG Vehicle Sceme.
*Private purchasers of Holden’s dual-fuel engine are eligible for the Federal Government’s $2,000 rebate as fitting is done post vehicle production at HSVi. For eligibility, refer to the Federal Government's LPG Vehicle Scheme.
**Maximum figures as per ECE regulations.
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