Holden improves fuel economy for V6-powered Commodore

Holden improves fuel economy for V6-powered Commodore

Holden has made slight fuel-efficiency improvements across its V6-powered Commodore range with a model year 2012 update on-sale early October.

The Commodore Omega sedan, powered by the 3.0 litre SIDI V6 engine, achieves new fuel economy of 8.9L/100km, down from 9.1L/100km on the previous model.

Fuel consumption has been an area of development and improvement since the launch of the VE range in 2006. Fuel economy on the entry-level Omega sedan has improved 18% over the life of the model with the addition of Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI) technology, calibration improvements and other weight saving and aerodynamic tweaking.

With the model year update all Commodore vehicles will become flex-fuel capable, with 3.6L SIDI V6 engine powering models like the popular SV6, now also able to run on bio-ethanol/E85; a blend of up to 85 per cent ethanol and 15 per cent petrol. While Bio-ethanol isn’t available from many service stations yet, it can be found at some Gull service stations.

Speaking at the Alternative Fuels Summit in Australia this week, Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mike Devereux, said Holden had taken a leadership position, advocating for and stimulating demand for bio-ethanol.

“The entire Commodore range is now flex-fuel capable and Commodore drivers who run their car on bio-ethanol/E85 can reduce their well-to-wheel CO2 emissions by up to 40% compared to petrol. And as well as adding flex-fuel capability, we aim to continuously improve Commodore with every model year. Our engineers and designers are constantly striving to improve fuel efficiency and performance and to enhance the look and feel of the car for our customers.”

The Commodore model year update will also add subtle design enhancements and other features which will be announced closer to start of production this month. A new range of dedicated LPG models will also be launched in early 2012.

Holden New Zealand Managing Director, Jeff Murray, said offering alternative fuel options like LPG and bio-ethanol provide Kiwi’s with a greater choice for reduced CO2 emissions.

“Bringing more dedicated LPG and flex-fuel vehicles to market will help drive demand for alternative fuel vehicles and help people to become more aware of the benefits they offer.”

Click here to read Holden car reviews including the current Commodore range.

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