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  • David

    Yawn, still no automatic climate control on any model. Still no sunroof available.

    • Adam

      Give me a Cruze hatch over a fugly focus anyday !!!!

    • JPF

      I saw my first Cruze hatch on the road yesterday and I can honestly say what a hot looking car in the flesh, it really has the style and road presence that gets your attention, nice job Holden

  • http://zuboora.com mohamad is right when he

    U-G-L-Y you ain’t got no alibi… YOUR UGLY!!
    … But u will sell. Because the price is right

    • http://Facebook Jerome Jackson

      Yep, it’s ugly alright.

    • Superbee_440

      your wrong mate, it’s….

      F-U-G-L-Y!!!

    • Sonic

      It doesn’t look ugly to me… Just incredibly boring.

  • crouchy

    The red SRI-V hatch looks nice!

  • Leaner

    is this a day wooooo?

    • 42 = The Answer

      Nah, Holdenwoo

      • Grr

        No sorry, its a Chevwoo

  • camaro

    I think it’s good car but a bit pricey.

    • Dave S

      Why would you say that?

      The article states ‘The base model Holden Cruze CD five-speed manual starts at $21,240 (before on-road costs) making it one of the cheapest small cars on the market, while the $30,490 SRi-V six-speed automatic is also well priced for a flagship model.’

      Great value car, great seller and made in Australia.

      • http://zuboora.com mohamad is right when he

        *assembled in australia ;)

        • 42 = The Answer

          50% Aussie and increasing

          • DE

            24% local content only, hopefully increasing with future models.

        • Pro346

          Ford focus 0% assembled in Australia…

  • Paul

    The pinnacle of automotive design….

    • Crummydore

      Absolutely… that front end is such as classy bit of work!

      Real glad the marketing boys at Holden decided against calling it the Torana.

      • XtraVert

        Yeah, That would put the Torana name in disrepute.

  • Able

    I hope the saloon sells more than the hatch because it’s vastly superior in all aethetic areas. Far out the hatch is ugly! But it’ll sell because it’s very good value and it’s a Holden.

    I don’t like how we only have 6 airbags though. The US has 10, why don’t we? Same goes for the Barina and then both would have a USP, something they’re both missing!

    • Bangel

      Congradulations to that little battler the DAEWOO CAR CO , you have done a great job with designing and building the cruze .

      • http://zuboora.com mohamad is right when he

        +1

    • JEKYL & HYDE

      if by usp you really mean usb,then both models do have them.cruze from day 1…

      maybe when you move to the good old u.s. of a.,and don’t want to put a seat belt on,then 10 airbags are a must.however,they fine us here in aus.

      further research required maybe…

      • Jake Williams

        LOL I think Able means USP as in Unique Selling Point.

  • JustCurios

    What’s so great about cars “tuned for Australia”? If conditions in other countries, such as USA, can be equally harsh as Australia, such as,more extreme temperatures, equally rugged country-sides, long distances, hauling capability, etc, wouldn’t cars designed for America be good enough? If one is playing Nationalistic feeling, there is a cost compromise.

    • Simon

      Yes but they still have different climate/humidity etc… it snows in America, where as apart from the snowmy mountains, Australians wouldn’t need the equipment/associated costs/engineering for a car designed for those conditions…

      All countries have roads.

    • Richard

      The first Ford Falcon suffered front suspension problems. The American design didn’t allow for the Australian dust, which destroyed the balljoints. Local testing will surely always have some merit.

  • Simon

    Interested to see the review when it’s done. It just doesn’t look right at the back, they should have put a window in the rear quarter it would improve the look slighly, and not make it look so…..

    Hopefully it will sell though, being Australian built and designed.. although maybe the designers aren’t so favourable representing Australia…. haha

  • Dave S

    Good work Holden. Number 1 selling car. Only small car made in Australia, now available in sedan and hatch.

    Always nice to hear a good news manufacturing story from Australia.

  • Sumpguard

    Ahhhh all the haters. It isn’t the prettiest hatch out there but in those pics above it don’t look too bad, It needs to (and will) sell well to slow down the inevitable move offshore of our remaining manufacturers.

    Good luck Holden.

  • Alldownhill

    Wow, they drove the car to north east Victoria to see if the tail gate would fall of the Korean modified POS. now they can call it Aussie made for Aussie conditions! What a joke.

    • http://zuboora.com mohamad is right when he

      Lol legend

      • Pro346

        I think Ford should go back to building xf falcons they sold well you know saggy rear suspension ,door handles that dont work,excessive engine fan noise,rust in the rear quarter panel and steering that requires 1/2 lock before the wheels turn yeah that will sell well.

  • Ox

    Good on ya Holden on delivering a locally built small car that people want. Ford made a huge mistake by deciding not to build the focus locally imo.

    • Crummydore

      They backed the right horse… the Gov’t Green Fund contribution has helped their decision to build it.

      All jokes aside, when one has a really good look at the Cruze it presents a very good purchase – big for a small car, good engine (1.4 turbo), not horrible to look at and nice interior – and will no doubt last longer than a Camira!

    • Pro346

      People vote this down because its the truth and it hurts!

  • Lazybones

    Really can’t get excited about such a bland and boring looking car. At the end of the day its a Chevy design with a Holden inspired ar5e. Its makes the commodore look cool.

    • birdie

      man thats saying something

  • Ally

    Am I the only one that thinks it actually looks pretty decent? Good specs, beautiful interior and the exterior looks crisp. Good move, holden.

    • Grr

      Correct, you are the ONLY one …..

    • Dave S

      Ally, you are not the only one.

      It’s a nice looking small car. Enough style not to look bland (i like the series 2 grill over the series 1) and conservative enough so it does not date too quickly.

      Not as bland as Corolla or VW. Not weird looking as Mazda 3 or Elantra.

  • Mr Gaspo

    I don’t like the styling at all… The price is about right… So it will sell. Also the diesel auto’s thirst is dissapointing, VW do it better, albeit at a price.

  • KD

    Saw a Cruze SRiV hatch in Melbourne traffic at 2am a few days ago. Looked way better in real life compared to the pictures.

  • Goodfa

    The Astra which is built on the same platform looks a lot better.

  • Shak

    Damn, the haters got in very early today. Oh well, sales will tell the whole story. On a side note, that red SRi-V looks pretty nice.

    • Bangel

      But put it alongside a mazda 3 and it looks very ordinary , but it will be the no1 seller by early next years as bogans downsize from crummers .

      As long as its got the LION badge on , it will sell to unimformed dumbo’s .

      • Bent 8 Brigade

        Yeah cause the Mazda 3 with it’s Thomas the Tank Engine front looks so cool hey bunghole

        • Bangel

          No spent8 its more about style, quality interior ,superior engines , much nicer colours and general up market feel .

          The crude looks cheap , nasty colours , the ugliest of the koreans , still daewoo tried hard , maybe next time .

          • Captain Nemo

            Bungel you need to get your eyes tested champ.

            Mazda 3 comes in White/Silver/Grey/Black/Red & similar shades of Blue to the Cruze.

            Only difference the 3 can be had in a bronze colour so are you saying the Mazda has nasty colours too?

  • Kiran

    id prefer a Camira- at least it had a better name

    • Crummydore

      In Aboriginal it means ‘Mountain Peak’, or something like that if memory serves me well.

      • Crummydore

        Random information of the night…

  • Neil

    Cruze interior could do with a bit more colour really. Not too sure why Holden has never showed interest in the more colour diverse options offered by Chevrolet in the US. Bit of red or blue fabric material where there is currently mass expansions of black plastic would be a nice change.

    • Force-15

      As far as I know the SRi versions can be optioned with (a rather odd-looking shade of) blue fabric with certain exterior colours. It would be nice to see some red fabric though (or better still, improve the switchgear, fuel consumption on the diesel automatic and have a decent 2-litre petrol engine in place of the current 1.8L Ecotec).

  • Tunfesh

    As a hatch, it is merely an version of the previous Astra with a nosejob.

    while they’re at it, if they really wanna increase their market share, they they could easily give it bigger springs, side skirts, deeper front and rear end spoilers, bigger wheels and market it as a fuel efficient SUV.

  • Westie

    Holden have done a wonderful job grafting a hatch on the back of a old generation Korean car and integrating it so superbly that it still looks old generation Korean ugly.
    Obviously the priority was too make this, and the new Barina “Korean compatible”, ie overstyled, oversized lights, lots of bling and plastic shiny bits inside. Think current Hyundai.
    Kia and (shhhh) Ssanyong seem to be trying to go a bit more Euro (with German and Italian help)
    But anyway, the thing is cheap and a Holden, so it’ll sell it’s fat butt off.
    Be interesting to see if the diesel auto fuel economy is the usual Holden 2l/100ks optimistic. If so, it makes the whole effort pointless.
    Wonder if the usual Holwoo urban running DPF problems have been fixed?

  • Theo

    not a ford or holden fan..but we should realise that this car either assembled or manufactured in australia creates jobs.

    for all the unaustralian ‘knockers’ dont complain when holden or ford pack up shop and move their operations overseas…because this will happen sooner or later.

    • Ample Parking

      Theo, it’s hardly unaustralian to want to do things better than they are currently being done. More a case of being sick of how lazy and inefficient some things have become.

      In the opinion of some people, more jobs could be created if the money currently used to prop up 2 American and 1 Japanese carmaker was spent on investing in industries where we can truly compete on the world stage and improve our productivity.

      I’m personally on the fence – can’t decide what I think is the better option.

      But it’s just so small minded and lazy to just slap on the label of unaustralian to opinions that you don’t like.
      Just like the “Love it or go home” stickers on cars.

      Might be hard for some people to believe, but it’s possible to express love for your country by wanting better for it than just sticking with the status quo.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1715760895 Charles Dean

        Industry like what? Say it? Exactly..

        • Ample Parking

          Exactly what? Grow up.
          Not everyone can sit at their computer constantly refreshing the page and instantly commenting every time someone challenges their comments.

          Did you even read what I wrote?
          I said some people think that.
          And I said that I’m on the fence personally.

          But I’ll give you one industry as an example off the top of my head, (even though in this case the auto workers wouldn’t be catered for, they would need to move into the mining or service or other manufacturing areas). Medical research – Australia punches well above it’s weight, has seen government funding slashed in very productive areas, saves lives and improves the world, and so on. But without the funding, less people can be hired, less medical advances made, less new Australian owned medical technology / medicines to be produced.

          But that’s just one example to illustrate the point.

          • Dave S

            Firstly, I think you underestimate the number of people involved in our Automotive industry.

            Engineers, R&D, designers ect. These people can not just move to a mining site and start digging as you suggest, or can they just join another manufacturing industry because they are cutting numbers too!

            Secondly. Australia does punch above its weight. Dont see many cars around with the same features (RWD 6/ Turbo6 or 8) for the same price anywhere. For the amount of money spent on development some great cars are made in Australia. Our industry is clever and resourceful and needs to be supported – it is a great resourse that adds to our economy in so many ways.

          • Ample Parking

            Dave S,

            Firstly, you on the other hand might be underestimating the amount of government money spent per Auto industry job created / maintained compared to the alternatives.

            Secondly, read my first post, and my second.
            I said I’m on the fence, I’m undecided, I don’t know if the money is as well spent as it could be. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. I was purely making the point that some people think that the country might be better off with the money being invested in something else, and that questioning this sort of thing is far from being what some pathetically label as ‘unaustralian.’

          • Ample Parking

            Well done mate, keep voting yourself up, and me down.
            Won’t change anything.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1715760895 Charles Dean

    So beside dimension or badge, why would anyone choose this over a Mazda 3 hatch? The interior of the 3 rips this apart and the exterior of the 3 looks better, has projectors, LED rear lights and yeah much better interior..

    Not that i would get the 3, i’ll be honest i’m a Corolla and Elantra guy because quite frankly this segment is a rip off..

  • barry the towtruck driver

    Very smart looking hatchback.Great lines with modern styling.

    • Bangel

      YES corporal zero very modern , smart as in get smart .

      • barry the towtruck driver

        Bangel wish you would getsmart and dump that veedud.Im not Captain Nemo.

  • john

    Please get rid of the useless 1.8lt motor and put in a Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (DCVVT) engine that has some decent grunt.

    • Icer

      I’ll be honest Toyota’s VVT-I System is quite nice, i have an 05 2.4L RAV4 and the engine is good, power and delivery is quite smooth..

  • anthony

    Saw one the other day,and the sedan looks WAY better,this hatch allready looks dated……..

  • XtraVert

    Did you notice in one of the photos, the GMH boys are having to add radiator coolant to two of the engines!!! Made for Aussie conditions??……..Just Kidding, I think GMH is back on the right track.

    • Johnmarkmorphett

      Its about time remember way back when holden made and designed all their cars in house and aussie or wog everyone flocked to the dealer on any new model was launched some to ooh & ahh, some to upgrade the familly chariot and finally outdo his mate up the street others to put fuel in drive to bathurst and go racing thanks your holden once moore

Holden Cruze Specs

Car Details
Make
HOLDEN
Model
CRUZE
Series
YG
Year
2002
Body Type
4D WAGON
Seats
5
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
1.5L
Cylinders
INLINE 4
Max. Torque
138Nm @  4500rpm
Max. Power
74kW @  6000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
75.1W/kg
Bore & Stroke
78x78mm
Compression Ratio
9.5
Valve Gear
DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
5 SP MANUAL
Drive Type
ALL WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
4.105
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
41
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
6.8L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
985
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1605mm
Length
3625mm
Width
1640mm
Ground Clearance
180mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:800  Unbrake:350
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
10
Front Rim Size
5.5Jx15
Rear Rim Size
5.5Jx15
Front Tyres
175/65 R15
Rear Tyres
175/65 R15
Wheel Base
2360
Front Track
1420
Rear Track
1405
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DRUM
Standard Features
Comfort
Air Conditioning
Control & Handling
15 Inch Alloy Wheels
Driver
Leather Steering Wheel, Power Steering, Trip Computer
Entertainment
Radio CD with 4 Speakers
Exterior
Fog Lights - Front, Power Mirrors, Roof Racks
Interior
Power Windows
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats
Security
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Exterior
Metallic Paint
Safety
Anti-lock Braking
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
9-H-13
Country of Origin
JAPAN