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by Matt Brogan

Holden will enter a Commodore Omega Sportwagon, running its new 3.0-litre V6 engine, in next month’s Global Green Challenge.

The event, a showcase of low emission and alternative energy vehicles, aims to test the car’s fuel economy claims over a 3000 kilometre run from Darwin to Adelaide.

Formerly the World Solar Challenge, the Global Green Challenge will be held from October 24-31 to promote the advancements in alternative fuel and fuel-saving technologies from manufacturers around the world.

The Omega Sportwagon will feature Holden’s all-new 3.0-litre Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI) engine technology that has improved the vehicle’s fuel-efficiency by 13 per cent from the previous model. The technology also conforms to strict Euro IV  emission standards.

Holden Chairman and Managing Director Alan Batey said the decision to field a Sportwagon in the Global Green Challenge served as a practical demonstration of the vehicle’s fuel-saving capabilities.

“Our strategy of providing customers with better fuel efficiency today and next generation fuel advances for tomorrow is driving everything we do,” Mr Batey said.

“We want to use the Global Green Challenge to demonstrate that today’s Holden Commodores, affordable family vehicles, can also reduce our overall impact on the environment.

“There is no better way to demonstrate the efficiency gains made through the introduction of SIDI technology than in a real-world event such as this, held over a distance that many Australian families cover each year.

“It will go a long way to showing that fuel-saving technology is not the exclusive domain of small, expensive niche vehicles,” he added.




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