Tuesday, December 23, 2008

RumorMill : GM's Holden to Build New Compact Car with a 4-Cylinder Engine Based on Opel Astra & Chevy Cruze

Holden, it's known for its massive sedans and massively appealing V8s and low-prices. However, how will they do if they made small, compact 4-cylinder cars? Well, Holden announced that they'll be inderdoucing a compact car (sketch above) in late 2010 in both four door sedan and hatchback versions. The yet unnamed compact model will be based on GM's global Delta small car architecture that underpins the Chevy Cruze as well as the next-generation Opel / Vauxhall / Saturn Astra. Holden will also be offering their own 4-cylinder engine that they say will be more "sporty" than other Delta cars. However, if GM goes bankrupcy, Holden will cancel the project, obviously.

So if Holden does it, the new compact sedan will have to stave off competition from Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, as well as the parade of cheap Chinese cars. So can Holden convince the small sedan/ hatchback owners that Australia can do it? That's the answer to be found out in the sales report when this comes out in 2011.

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