HSV preparing to launch LPG models

HSV preparing to launch LPG models

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Holden Special Vehicles has confirmed that it will be unveiling a range of high-performance LPG-fuelled models early next year.

The gas-powered engine will be based on HSV’s current 6.2 litre LS3 V8, but will make use of advanced liquid propane injection (LPI) technology that allows very precise usage of the fuel.

Speaking at the media launch for the HSV E-Series 2 range (read news), HSV Managing Director Phil Harding said cold-weather evaluation trials had pushed back the debut date for the LPI engines, but that the technology was going to market in the first quarter of 2010.

“We have sent three mule vehicles for cold weather testing in recent weeks,” Mr Harding said. “The reports back from the Engineering team are encouraging and we have engines on dynos completing durability programmes. “If all goes well, we should be able to launch LPI in early 2010. That’s a little later than I planned but it’s still an exciting program.”

When asked about a diesel-powered HSV model Harding downplayed speculation, saying such a vehicle wouldn’t sell enough units to warrant its development. “At this stage, a diesel product program will not proceed,” he said. “We looked at it seriously and the business case doesn’t stack up.”

Harding went on to reveal that in addition to dumping the Astra VXR from its line-up, HSV would not be importing the European-market Vauxhall Corsa VXR and Insignia VXR.

HSV E2 Range all

Holden Special Vehicles has confirmed that it will be unveiling a range of high-performance LPG-fuelled models early next year.

The gas-powered engine will be based on HSV’s current 6.2 litre LS3 V8, but will make use of advanced liquid propane injection (LPI) technology that allows very precise usage of the fuel.

Speaking at the media launch for the HSV E-Series 2 range (read news), HSV Managing Director Phil Harding said cold-weather evaluation trials had pushed back the debut date for the LPI engines, but that the technology was going to market in the first quarter of 2010.

“We have sent three mule vehicles for cold weather testing in recent weeks,” Mr Harding said. “The reports back from the Engineering team are encouraging and we have engines on dynos completing durability programmes. “If all goes well, we should be able to launch LPI in early 2010. That’s a little later than I planned but it’s still an exciting program.”

When asked about a diesel-powered HSV model Harding downplayed speculation, saying such a vehicle wouldn’t sell enough units to warrant its development. “At this stage, a diesel product program will not proceed,” he said. “We looked at it seriously and the business case doesn’t stack up.”

Harding went on to reveal that in addition to dumping the Astra VXR from its line-up, HSV would not be importing the European-market Vauxhall Corsa VXR and Insignia VXR.

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