The Holden Cruze debuted at the 2009 Melbourne Motor Show today, with the new Holden Volt expected to make an official appearance later. Sharing the same “global” platform found beneath the Chevy Cruze and Chevy Volt (respectively), Holden’s newest offerings are nearly indistinguishable from their North American counterparts – and for a very good reason. Currently embroiled in a very public battle against bankruptcy, GM’s “global” product idea mirrors Ford’s “ONE Ford” plan in that it aims at reducing the cost of production by assembling vehicles from a handful of core platforms. Thus, both the Holden Cruze and Volt will hit the Australian markets with intention of fulfilling the same goals set for its Chevy counterparts in the North American market.
Explained GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mark Reuss, “This show is about more than cars; it’s about responding to change and offering realistic, high value solutions for Australian car buyers. We understand these tough market conditions call for an innovative approach to diversifying our product range.” Continued Reuss, “Cruze is among the products on our stand which highlight the product diversity and quality of Australia’s own car company.”
While the Holden Volt is not expected to hit dealer lots in AU until 2012, the Holden Cruze is expected to drop sometime in 2009. Pricing details for both models are still scarce, but we are at least able to confirm that the Cruze’s engine options will include a 1.8 litre 4 cylinder petrol and an optional 2.0 litre turbo charged diesel, mated to either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.