Minor changes outside, flexfuel engines now fitted

Minor changes outside, flexfuel engines now fitted

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Holden’s updated Commodore 'II' line, introduced in Melbourne today, offers performance improvements and will run on petrol or bio-ethanol.

It also has a new 'Holden-iQ' touch screen infotainment system across the range. This includes a 6.5 inch colour LCD screen plus Bluetooth, wireless, cable and USB connectivity for music and mobiles.

Holden chairman and managing director Mike Devereux said Holden was making advanced technology and sustainable performance available to Commodore buyers across the range.

“We’re listening and we know Australians want better performance - but better performance doesn’t mean going faster in a straight line,” Devereux said. “Better performance means driving more efficiently, more sustainably and the addition of simple-to-use technology that makes driving safe and fun at the same time. Series II makes these features available to every buyer across the Commodore range.”

Models powered by the three litre SIDI V6 and six litre V8 engines are flex-fuel capable and can run either on petrol or bio-ethanol, a blend of up to 85% ethanol and 15% petrol, commonly known as E85. The 3.6 litre SIDI V6 engine will also be flex-fuel compatible by 2012.

Caltex [Texaco] will sell the new fuel under the name Bio E-Flex at 31 service stations in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide by the end of October and increasing to 100 sites in 2011.

“We estimate 90% of flex-fuel vehicle owners will live within a 10km radius of a Bio E-Flex pump, making renewable fuel mainstream for the first time in Australia. And when they choose Bio E-Flex, they can feel good about reducing their CO2 driving emissions by around 40%,” Devereux said.

The Commodore is exported in both left and right hand drive forms, mostly badged Chevrolet. Key markets include the Middle East.