Australia's Holden Revs Up Plans for Hybrid Commodore

The GM-owned subsidiary plans to launch a hybrid model in the next couple years, but is also urging the government to provide incentives to help buyers deal with their higher cost.

Published: 21-May-2008

Holden, the company that last year sold more V8s than any other time in its 60-year history, will sell a petrol-electric Commodore "within two years" - but it wants the Federal Government to give hybrid cars a tax break.

In a surprise announcement today, General Motors's Asia-Pacific boss Nick Reilly, in Australia for an annual review, said the company would introduce hybrids in the next couple of years.

"Our strength in hybrids tends to be in the larger vehicles so that's where you'll see them first," he said.


The Peugeot diesel hybrid promises to average better than 70mpg and have the lowest carbon-dioxide emissions of any car other than a pure electric.

Chrysler intends to focus its gas-electric hybrid system on SUVs, though it is not ruling out cars in the future. Pictured is Two-Mode hybrid transmission co-developed with GM and BMW.

The 308 HDi hybrid has a combined fuel economy of 3.4 litres/100km (69 mpg) and emits 90g of CO2 for every 100km travelled.


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