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  • Bob

    Great to see some of the fruits of my hardearned tax money that the Government “loaned” holden has come to life.

    Now all we need is the damn greens to get there way with adding the damn carbon tax on petrol and i reckon you’ll see a major shift away from the commondore to the cruz and other smallish cars like the corolla, skyactive mazda3 and the new focus

  • Shak

    This article is perfect evidence for all those who wish Australia to cease manufacturing. Automotive manufacturing alone is worth soo much, so if we were to give it up close to 200,00 people would lose their jobs, billion in investment and R&D money would disappear and in general it would hurt us. As long as we keep producing world class vehicles such as The Cruze, Commodore, Falcon, Territory, and even the Camrion twins, we have a manufacturing future.

    Long Live Aussie Manufacturing!

  • AussieCars

    I was impressed when I got in a Cruze for the first time the other week how well the interior is on a whole. Def one of the nicer looking interiors in its class. I do think the rear lights are looking a little dated and a good petrol engine would be nice. But on a whole, series II Cruze looks to be a winner and by the sounds of things a nice chunk of the car will now be Australian. Well done Holden

  • Dave S

    Good work Holden.
    Australia’s first small cars built in Austrlia for years and Australia’s most economical car.
    Love the ‘new’ look, love there is more jobs for Aussies and love the sporty models.

    • birdie

      not the most economical,the ford fiesta is ,@3.7lt to 100ks[diesal]

      • Jack

        Most fuel efficent ‘Australian’ built vehicle.

  • Nelson Muntz

    “…with the roof, body sides, closures, fascias and most of the interior plastics made on-site.”

    So, it’s assembled here basically?

    • Shak

      I think the ‘made on site’ bit implies that all of that stuff is Made in Australia, and then assembled on site at Elizabeth.

      • Horst

        No Shak. The above mentioned components are manufactured from raw material by Holden in Adelaide. Like the Commodore – check the “Steel to Road – Building Holden Commodore” video on YouTube.

    • j

      Manufactured and assembled.

      As opposed to importing every component and just putting it together like an ikea furniture

      • Adrian

        Unfortunately local content maxes out at 25% (hatch when it happens). Most of what you see in the photos above is imported – all of the structural pressings, all mechanical components, complete engine/driveline.
        As the article says, only a few external panels and some plastic mouldings are local.

        Areal pity as this could (should?) have been much better for the local industry, but we’ll take what we can get anyway.

  • Save It for the track

    Yes it is good to see more vehicles manufactured here. And if this is as successful as Holden were at developing the Commodore and Camaro platform, it will likely end up being taken overseas, just like the future development of the GM rear drive platform. Holden’s reward for doing a decent job on GM global rear drive? Not included in GM’s global ‘homerooms’ of engineering which will be USA, Korea and Germany. With luck if enough people buy these Aus built Cruzes, it may assist in actually still having a large RWD car made in Aus beyond 2018. With Falcon RWD highly likely to be gone by 2016/17, and Taurus lumped on
    Aus, that will leave Commodore as the only RWD car made in Aus. If sales of these small cars help save RWD in Aus, I’ll even consider looking at these, now that they seem to have decent engines in them. The diesel seems like it might actually be the nippiest in the range at the moment. The SRiV ‘sports’ models seem more an exercise in styling and features than any actual performance advantage at this point.

  • Golfschwein

    It’s great to see it made here. Australian pressed panels and plastics should be enough to silence some well-worn critics on this site. The new engines are a surprise, as I was half expecting them to coincide with the release of the hatchback, and the front looks miles better than the original.

    • Adrian

      Unfortunately local content maxes out at 25% (hatch when it happens). So NO not enough to silence the critics because it could have been better, but GM would only commit to the bare minimum that they could get away with and still meet the govt funding requirements.

      (BTW, this is well known within industry and employee circles).

  • paulb

    Well done Holden,very important for Australias long term manufacturing future

  • Mad Max

    Well I’m disapointed CA readers! 10 comments and not one Daewoo/Holdewoo comment. Nothing from Robin Graves somehow turning this good news storey into a rant about Holdenwoo!

  • Daniel D

    Congratulations GM and thank you for supporting Australian jobs.


    • Adrian

      … even more support for Korean jobs for the workers who buil over 75% of this car, but we’ll take what we can get anyway.

  • Jacob Martyn

    Why small sedans?

    Hatches can fit a washing machine in the back!

    • Phil

      It’s coming soon :)

      • Jacob Martyn

        the Cruze hatch is ugly.

        Polo, i30, look good from the back.

    • Milk Was A Bad Choice

      The oldies still like sedans and they’re the ones buying them.

      • Frenchie

        In the sedan the seats are 60/40 split fold.

  • Sumpguard

    The new 1.4 turbo ebgine is what this car has been crying out for. Also of note is the new diesel. 10kw more power and 40 nm more torque. It was a decent performer to start with but now must surely get more serious consideration?

    I hope this car does well as it is an indicator to the future of auto manufacturing in this country.

  • bangel

    Thanks to the tax payers of australia for subsidising the cruze assembly in oz of knocked down korean parts .

    Once again the socialist governments have wasted more of our hard earned , on a noddy car.

    • Frenchie

      The only Korean part on the Cruze that comes to mind is the tyres (Kumho). Tell us what and where other parts come from?

      We don’t have any Australian made tyres anymore thanks to spoilt knockers like yourself.

      • bangel

        The engines ,from the daewoo factory in KOREA starters .

        • Frenchie

          Well lets just give up shall we and close the auto industry down. Don’t think cars will get cheaper, might at first. In the end you will end up with an inferior car that is adjusted to another countries market.

          Don’t start with high end Japanese and European cars getting cheaper, Europe really doesn’t give a toss about RHD market and the Japanese are happy for us to pay 40,50,80k for there high end vehicles.

        • Stoney

          Actually I’m 90% sure the engines are made in USA


      • Adrian

        Fenchie, over 3/4 of this car is built in Korea! All structural pressings, (ie the chassis) are stamped in GM’s ex-Daewoo plant just for a start.

  • boss

    Is it still a daewoo engine

    • Manual Junkie

      Boss, I’m surprised that your comment still has not been censored by Holden-loving CarAdvice…

      • nickdl

        Holden loving? You’re very new aren’t you. I’ll give you a quick run through of most commenters on this site:
        Ford = Fantastic, let down by marketing
        Kia = Fantastic
        Hyundai = Good but not as good as Kia
        Holden = Terrible, Daewoo, bogan, whatever negative comes to mind
        Toyota = Whitegood, bland, boring etc.
        Subaru = Ugly, new Toyota
        Volkswagen = Some horror story about an unreliable car which cost an arm and a leg to fix
        Speed cameras = Bad

        Now I agree with some of that but that’s about what you get when it comes to comments. Anyway, welcome!

        • Golfschwein

          very good, nickdl.

  • nickdl

    It’s a really good car and to be sixth in the country is a good effort, especially considering it is currently Korean made and sedan only. Once local production starts here with the hatch available I wouldn’t be surprised to see it go to number 1.

  • Ee

    The Cruze is heavily overpriced for what it is worth, the car lacks the refinement of the corolla, in the corolla gear changes are smooth and the car is silent..

    The Cruze in the interior you hear wind noise, engine noise and you can feel the gears are harsh..

    Sorry but this Cruze is nothing more then brainwash marketing and a Deawoo..

    Commodore FTW!

    • Sumpguard

      Car is silent? PMSL. You have no idea.

    • JEKYL & HYDE

      you can put the crack pipe down now.corolla(seriously)???…

    • Devil’s Advocate

      Ee, do you mean the same Corolla with the 4 speed automatic transmission straight from the last decade but still commanding a premium price for the privilege?

    • Anthony

      are you serious….. corolla is not refined. you either havn’t driven one or it’s the only car you have ever driven. it provides old technology with nothing innovative or exciting. congratulations Holden for building cars here. I will be supporting you and buying an aussie built cruze, and eventually an aussie built commodore when my family grows. To all you know it all motor media regurgitators that have no real world knowlage of cars or economics you should pull your head in and stop talking about what you don’t really understand. for the rest of the people who read this, you should get out to a holden dealer and take the aussie cruze for a proper test drive. you won’t be dissapointed. i will comment again when i take delivery of my new cruze SRI V with a small review of the good and bad points.

  • Save It for the track

    I’d take a Cruze in 1.4 turbo or diesel guise over a Corolla. Now we just need an updated small-medium sedan/hatch comparison. I would be interested to see how this stacks up against Mazda3, Ford Focus, VW Golf etc. An updated small diesel comparsion seems in order as well.

  • Gan Tan

    See Ford!


  • darkone

    good on holden for building stuff here and making jobs,the only problem I can see is aussie made cars arent exactly renowned for the build quality.the turbo engines are good to see,definatly makes the car more desirable.

  • defsf

    There is a perfect reason why the Corolla is the top selling car in Australia.. And he is right its refined when you drive

  • Ben

    So…is the appprox $6500 forked out by the tax payer per vehicle produced worth 200 jobs? What a joke our manufacturing industry is, shut it down and let the people enjoy a free and open market instead of forking out to keep unsustainable manufacturers afloat.

  • Eric

    Where is info about 25% and 75% split.

    • Adrian

      Eric, it was an ‘admission’ by Mike Devereux and was reported in industrial publications.
      It did appear on another industry website as well, but was pulled within 48hrs.
      Holden were trying to sugar coat it, with Devereux actually spruiking it as ‘look at us we’ve got up to 25% local content for Cruze’ before they realised that people were more savy than they thought and saw it as not the best deal, so they pulled it.

Holden Cruze Specs

Car Details
Body Type
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
Engine Size
Max. Torque
138Nm @  4500rpm
Max. Power
74kW @  6000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
Bore & Stroke
Compression Ratio
Valve Gear
Drivetrain Specifications
Drive Type
Final Drive Ratio
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
6.8L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Ground Clearance
Towing Capacity
Brake:800  Unbrake:350
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
Turning Circle
Front Rim Size
Rear Rim Size
Front Tyres
175/65 R15
Rear Tyres
175/65 R15
Wheel Base
Front Track
Rear Track
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
Standard Features
Air Conditioning
Control & Handling
15 Inch Alloy Wheels
Leather Steering Wheel, Power Steering, Trip Computer
Radio CD with 4 Speakers
Fog Lights - Front, Power Mirrors, Roof Racks
Power Windows
Dual Airbag Package, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Metallic Paint
Anti-lock Braking
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
36 months /  100,000 kms
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