GM’s Australian brand Holden has announced plans to build a new small car based on the Delta platform that is also underpins the Chevrolet Cruze.

GM's Australian brand Holden has announced plans to build a new small car based on the Delta platform that is also underpins the Chevrolet Cruze. Unlike traditional Holden's the new car will be front wheel drive and feature new technologies to increase fuel economy.

The new car will be available in both sedan and hatchback body styles when it goes into production in the summer of 2010 at Holden's Elizabeth manufacturing facility in South Australia. Much of the car's design and engineering will be done at Holden's Port Melbourne headquarters in Victoria, ensuring that the resulting production model will have a unique appearance that was built specially for the Australian market.

Powertrain options will include a variety of four-cylinder petrol engines with direct injection and at least one diesel. Engineers are currently looking into the possibility of offering the new car with start/stop technology and the ability to use alternative fuels such as E85, LPG and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).

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