Holden displays first 2012 Cruze hatchback images

Holden displays first 2012 Cruze hatchback images

Holden has just released the first images of the upcoming 2012 Cruze hatchback.

The all-new Cruze hatch is set to go into production at Holden‟s Vehicle Operations in South Australia later this year.

The hatchback variant of the Cruze was designed by Holden‟s Port Melbourne design studio and will be sold as the Holden Cruze in New Zealand and as a Chevrolet Cruze around the world.

It’s a modern looking machine with a sweeping coupe roofline and short overhangs. It was first shown as a concept at the Paris Motor Show followed by the Chevrolet production version which made its world premier in Geneva earlier this month.

Holden Design Director, Tony Stolfo, said Cruze hatch highlighted the breadth of skill in the Holden Design Studio.

“The Holden design team works on a range of global design projects from small hatchbacks like the new Cruze to large wheel drive performance vehicles and also a number of exciting vehicles yet to be revealed,” Mr Stolfo said. “In designing the new five-door hatch we wanted to retain the sporty Cruze proportions and bring the same Holden appearance to the hatch that we developed for the new Series II Cruze sedan.

“Holden is very proud of the global design work it does for other brands and countries around the GM world – but it’s especially gratifying to work on a new vehicle designed and built in our own back yard.”

The Holden Design Studio is an important part of General Motors global design network and is one of only GM three facilities in the world with the capability to design and build prototype concept vehicles for exhibitions and international auto shows.

The new Cruze hatch will join the sedan, in the New Zealand market, and is expected in Holden showrooms in the last quarter of 2011.

The new Australian-built Series II Cruze sedan was launched this week with new powertrains including the new economy-focused 1.4 iTi petrol models and the 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine. Expect these motors to also feature in the Cruze hatch.

Click here to read a Car and SUV review of the 2009 Holden Cruze sedan.

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