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by Matt Brogan

As of the end of September Holden had sold 6,144 Cruzes, so when the announcement came in today that Holden will add a highly specified diesel variant “due to popular demand”, it wasn’t just a marketing ploy!

The diesel Cruze makes the most sense by far with fuel economy ratings of 5.7L/100km so it was always a surprise that it wasn’t offered in higher spec from the get-go, nonetheless come 2010 Holden will add a CDX diesel in manual and automatic transmissions to go along with the CD diesel, CD and CDX petrol models.

“Cruze has shot straight into the top 10 of Australia’s best selling cars – we’re delighted with the reception it’s getting in the marketplace.Cruze offers outstanding value for money and we’re seeing many customers opting to buy the higher specified model with the petrol powertrain. Diesel is proving a popular alternative so it made sense to introduce a new model that offers the best of both worlds.” Holden’s Executive Director Sales and Marketing, John Elsworth, said.

Unlike the unsuccessful Holden Epica which it replaces, the Cruze encompasses five-star ANCAP safety with well finished package and great fuel efficiency for a very affordable price.

The 2010 Holden Cruze CDX diesel will be specified the same as the petrol CDX with the addition of a tyre inflator kit and a spare wheel (as per CD diesel models)

Standard Features include:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Six airbags
  • 17 inch alloy wheels (4)
  • Cruise control
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Leather appointed seats with heated front seats
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Steering wheel audio and cruise controls
  • Trip computer
  • Power windows, front and rear
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Fuel Economy
  • Official combined fuel economy figures (ADR81/02) for the new models are as follows:
  • CDX Diesel (manual) 5.7l/100km
  • CDX Diesel (auto) 6.9l/100km

Pricing

The Recommended Retail Prices:

  • Cruze CDX Diesel (manual) RRP $27,990*
  • Cruze CDX Diesel (auto) RRP $29,990*

* Not including dealer delivery or Government charges.




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