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Holden has launched a new era of small cars with the unveiling of the all-new Cruze at the Melbourne International Motor show.

The first in a new generation of GM global products, the Cruze will enter Australia’s small car segment in the second quarter of 2009 boasting advanced interior comfort and high levels of safety.

From launch, the Holden Cruze will be available with either a 1.8-litre ECOTEC petrol engine or optional 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged common rail diesel engine.

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GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mark Reuss said the Cruze represented the brand’s commitment to the small car market and marked the beginning of a new era for the company.

“The small car market is the largest growing segment in the Australian market and this is our response to that change,”

“Cruze will play a significant role in Holden’s future and presents us with a new generation car, a new design and a new way of thinking”

The line-up will consist of the CD and CDX, with the choice of either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission with Active Select.

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Inside, the Cruze boasts many of the interior creature comforts we have come to expect from the category including contoured sports seats, CD with MP3 and infotainment display.

Standard safety across the range includes ESC, Traction Control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, EBD, belt pretensioners and six airbags.

Full specifications including pricing and fuel economy figures will be released closer to the launch date.