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by David Zalstein

The next-generation Holden Cruze, expected in 2014/2015, will be one of the first in a string of new vehicles built on a new General Motors global platform set to underpin nearly 2.5 million compact sedans and crossover vehicles by 2018, according to reports.

News agency Reuters reports the new platform will first be employed for the Chevrolet Cruze, GM’s global small car that is built locally as the Holden Cruze. It says it will combine two existing GM platforms for compact models – including the Chevrolet/Holden Cruze Delta II platform – as well as one each for sedans and crossovers.

Revealing the plan to Reuters, industry sources said the new platform is to be the foundation of a global range of GM-owned vehicles including future models of Chevrolet/Holden Volt and Opel Astra – the latter whose current Delta II-based model goes on sale in Australia next month, accompanied by the Opel Corsa city car and Insignia medium car.

Opel Astra

Despite sources indicating the new platform will go by the internal GM designation of D2XX, reports say GM has declined to acknowledge the existence of the D2XX program.

The creation of the new platform also fits in with Holden’s plan to build two all-new cars in Australia based on global models and platform sharing within GM, as part of a $275 million co-investment package with federal and state governments confirmed in March.

The Holden Cruze is currently Holden’s best-selling vehicle and Australia’s fourth best-selling vehicle for the year to date, with 18,312 units sold.




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