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The Mercury Cars Guide : October 17th 2009
6--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, October 17, 2009 Green light beckons A hybrid Holden Cruze is being considered for local production once the car switches from full-import status next year. Paul Gover reports WATCH THIS SPACE: Hybrid Holden Cruzes could be produced in Australia. HOLDEN'S petrol- electric plan for the Cruze is being consid- ered in the US as part of the strategy to bring greener Holdens, including a Holden- badged version of the range- extended GM Volt, into the fam- ily during the next five years. Holden will begin production of a Cruze hatchback in South Australia next year and there is also potential for a wagon, but the hybrid talk emerged last week during the visit by a high- profile Australian delegation --- led by Federal Industry Minister Kim Carr --- to GM headquarters in Detroit. There is no confirmation yet of any local hybrid but Holden is doing so well with the Cruze that it is currently working to clear a two-month delivery delay. Sales have more than doubled Holden's original forecast lead- ing to considerable delays for some customers. ''We currently have a shortage of cars,'' GM Holden's new exec- utive director of sales and mar- keting John Elsworth says. ''Some Dealers are sold out until December and we have about 5000 customer orders we need to fulfil. ''I thought we were on a winner when we first released Cruze but we've been blown away by the demand --- the job we're focused on now is getting supply and demand lined up. ''Customers are ordering about 2500 units per month, which is up on our original forecast --- hence the current shortage.'' The Cruze success shows the potential of Holden's commitment to global designs, even if the cars are eventually built in Korea to keep costs down. It struggled with the original Daewoo-made Barina but has done much better with the Capti- va SUV and now the Cruze. ''Research results from our first 200 buyers suggests the design, both exterior and inter- ior, overall size, five-star safety and value make Cruze a very compelling package,'' Elsworth says. ''The issue of where a car is built is not an issue in show- rooms. ''Consumers understand that companies like General Motors and Holden design cars to be sold anywhere in the world and also have fantastic manufacturing quality processes to ensure con- sistently great quality regardless of where the manufacturing plant is located.'' Elsworth promised an even stronger Cruze push once it went local. ''We intend making Cruze an even more compelling pack- age when we local production starts,'' he said. Hobart Autohaus 23 Barrack Street (Cnr Collins Street), Hobart 7000, Tel: 03 6236 9099 www.hobartautohaus.bmw.com.au AH: Craig Bennett 0409 848 166 AH: Colin Rogers 0439 352 210 17.10.09 All prices are Drive Away. Includes on road costs. JOY IS BMW EFFICIENT DYNAMICS. 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