Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Fuel-Efficient Holden Slashes Running Costs and Emissions; Australian-Built Favourite Caters for Families

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Fuel-Efficient Holden Slashes Running Costs and Emissions; Australian-Built Favourite Caters for Families

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Byline: Marion Raats

AUSTRALIA'S favourite car, the Holden Commodore, is set to slash fuel use and running costs - and help the environment as well - with new advanced V6 engines and other technology improvements.

The model year 10 (MY10) Commodore range, launched this month, is the most fuel efficient Australian-built six cylinder vehicle in the market.

Commodore Omega achieves just 9.3 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres in the official ADR81/02 test - up to 13% better than current models - making it more efficient than some major four cylinder competitors.

At 9.3 litres, a motorist travelling 20,000 kilometres could save $325 (at a current indicative price of $1.25/litre) and produce 600 kilograms less carbon emissions. A fleet user travelling 40,000 kilometres could save $650 and 1.3 tonnes of CO2.

Holden delivers the savings through two new engines offering state-of-the-art technology, spark ignition direct injection, a first for a locally-built vehicle.

The all-new 3.0-litre engine - the smallest Commodore powertrain offered to buyers in more than 20 years - and the familiar 3.6-litre displacement are offered, depending on model.

The changes are effective across the petrol sedan and Sportwagon range, as well as the SV6 Ute and the Statesman and Caprice long-wheelbase variants.

The engines are the centrepiece of a model year upgrade with fuel efficiency, lower running costs and consumer requirements firmly in mind.

A new 6-speed automatic transmission is matched with the new SIDI engines, weight reductions have been achieved, and low rolling resistance tyres and other fuel-saving upgrades installed.

The fuel efficiency achievements are among the most significant in Commodore's 31-year history as an Australian automotive mainstay.

The new technology conforms to strict Euro IV Plus emissions standards, currently the highest possible air pollution rating a petrol or diesel powered vehicle can achieve in Australia. …

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