Australia becomes the third region to confirm its intention to sell a version of the GM Volt. The Volt will get a Holden badge Down Under. The Cruze family sedan also goes on sale there soon.

General Motors is seriously counting on the Volt to spearhead its future just as much as big SUVs and trucks were counted on to keep the company alive a few years ago. First it was the Chevrolet Volt that was unveiled. Then we saw the Opel version. Now it's Holden's turn to go green.

A right-hand-drive version of the Volt with a Holden badge was shown at the Melbourne International Motor Show, signaling a new era for the Holden brand known for its hard-hitting V6 and V8 engines. Holden estimates that motorists with save approximately 1,892 litres of fuel per year should they choose to switch to the Holden Volt when it goes on sale in Australia. The vehicle is ideal for drivers who typically travel less than 40 miles (64 kilometres) a day.

"We think Volt has the potential to change the game in Australian motoring," GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mark Reuss said. "Since we announced our plans to introduce Volt to Australia, we have been overwhelmed by public interest in the car and the technology that makes it work."

Holden also announced the imminent arrival of the Holden Cruze to Australia. The Cruze will be powered by a 1.8-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine or a 2.0-litre turbocharged version. Two trim levels are to be offered when the car enters the market during the second quarter of the year while a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic will be the transmission choices.


Gallery: Holden Badged Volt & Cruze Debut in Melbourne