The Holden Commodore, is set to lower fuel use and running costs with more economical V6 engines and other technology improvements.
The Model Year 10 (MY10) Commodore range will go on sale in late September in New Zealand with the most fuel efficient Australian built six cylinder engine in the market.
The Commodore Omega achieves just 9.3 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres in the official ADR81/02 testing — up to 13 per cent better than current models.
At 9.3 litres, a motorist travelling 20,000 kilometres could save $423.80 at a current indicative price of $1.63 and produce 600 kilograms less carbon emissions.
Holden will deliver the savings through two new engines offering a mew technology, Spark Ignition Direct Injection, a first for an Australian built vehicle.
An all-new 3.0-litre engine — and the familiar 3.6-litre displacement will be offered, depending on model.
The changes will be effective across the petrol sedan and Sportwagon range, as well as the SV6 Ute and the Statesman long-wheelbase variant.
The engines are the centrepiece of a model year upgrade with fuel efficiency and lower running costs firmly in mind.
A new six-speed automatic transmission will be matched with the new SIDI engines, weight reductions have been achieved, low rolling resistance tyres introduced and other fuel-saving upgrades installed.
An all-new 3.0-litre SIDI engine — codenamed LF1 – will power the Omega and Berlina Commodore sedan and Omega Sportwagon.
The 3.6-litre SIDI engine — codenamed LLT — will be available for the premium Commodore range including SV6, Calais and Calais V-Series models, as well as the SV6 Ute and the long wheel-base Statesman.
The 3.6-litre SIDI engine improves fuel economy in the premium models. Calais boasts a 12 per cent improvement with fuel economy dropping from 11.2 to 9.9 litres per 100 kilometres on the ADR81/02 test cycle while keeping its luxury fit.
CO2 emissions are significantly reduced with the 3.0-litre SIDI Omega sedan and Sportwagon boasting a 12 and 14 per cent improvement respectively.
All V6 SIDI models will receive a power upgrade. The 3.0 litre has an increased output of 190kW from the 175kW of the previous engine, while the 3.6 litre is up from 195kW to 210kW per ECE regulations.
The new engines will be available on NZ spec Commodores from late September.