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Holden has pulled something out of the hat with its new locally-built small-car
18 Mar 2011
HOLDEN has pulled something out of the hat with its new Australian-built JH Cruze range.
No, not the long-awaited five-door hatch, but a sweet little 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine that also comes with more sophisticated rear-end suspension and electric power steering.
Available for just $1250 over the improved but still dull 1.8-litre Ecotec CD (and standard on the sporty SRi and SRi-V), it elevates a spacious, safe, solid and well-equipped sedan of limited driver appeal to a breezy and involving bargain.
The fact that GM makes it in Adelaide is an extra bonus. Toyota, Mazda, Hyundai and even Volkswagen: you have been warned.
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DEVELOPED in Germany alongside the Opel Astra J that uses the same Delta II chassis architecture, the front-wheel drive Cruze was Holden’s very welcome replacement for the unloved JF Viva, a hastily reworked version of the Daewoo J200 Lacetti that was itself derived from the J100 Nubira from 1997.
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