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Commodore diesel back on the agenda

Was it a slip of the tongue from the new guy? Mike Devereux, newly-appointed Managing Director for Holden has been in the job just seven days and, in a teleconference this morning, happened to mention 'diesel' in the context of Commodore.

Asked what tactics were available to Holden within the next twelve months to tackle Ford, the other local manufacturer of rear-wheel drive large cars, or Toyota's Camry Hybrid, Devereux (pictured) dropped the 'd' word as one of the 'alternative fuel' options.

"We are already on record as saying, that in terms of alternative fuels... diesels... we're going to continue to develop alternative fuel technologies that can make the Commodore extremely relevant over time, so we definitely have a plan for that."

Could it be that Holden is finding that E85 is a harder sell, when diesel is increasingly understood by the motoring public and diesel pumps for passenger cars are sprouting everywhere? The best case infrastructure scenario for E85 to date is the thirty ethanol-capable service stations promised by Caltex. Devereux skipped quickly from diesel to E85 in his subsequent remarks.

"We have agreement with Caltex, the Victorian government and some other companies to establish an ethanol plant and to use E85 as a new fuel," he said.

Brought back to the question of diesel power for the Commodore, Devereux's remarks took on a big-picture hue that was short on specifics.

"We're looking at every option that we have in the GM stable and one of the great things about working for General Motors, that we frankly sometimes don't leverage the way we should have in the past, is that we have a ton of technology that is on the plate for us. Whether we select that for a given market is obviously to be determined, but being part of General Motors is a very, very good thing for Holden."

In the past, Holden had reportedly investigated adopting the 2.9-litre VM diesel V6 that powers the Cadillac CTS in Europe and HSV is known to have played around with turbodiesel BMW sixes for the purposes of proving the concept.

A diesel engine in the Commodore may be what Holden needs to nip in the bud Ford's marketing gain from the EcoBoost four-cylinder engine for the Falcon. And with the Commodore already being built in left-hand drive markets, a diesel model could bolster export sales very substantially.

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http://www.carsales.com.au/news/2010/large-passenger/holden/commodore/commodore-diesel-back-on-the-agenda-19090

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Was it a slip of the tongue from the new guy? Mike Devereux, newly-appointed Managing Director for Holden has been in the job just seven days and, in a teleconference this morning, happened to mention 'diesel' in the context of Commodore.

Asked what tactics were available to Holden within the next twelve months to tackle Ford, the other local manufacturer of rear-wheel drive large cars, or Toyota's Camry Hybrid, Devereux (pictured) dropped the 'd' word as one of the 'alternative fuel' options.

"We are already on record as saying, that in terms of alternative fuels... diesels... we're going to continue to develop alternative fuel technologies that can make the Commodore extremely relevant over time, so we definitely have a plan for that."

Could it be that Holden is finding that E85 is a harder sell, when diesel is increasingly understood by the motoring public and diesel pumps for passenger cars are sprouting everywhere? The best case infrastructure scenario for E85 to date is the thirty ethanol-capable service stations promised by Caltex. Devereux skipped quickly from diesel to E85 in his subsequent remarks.

"We have agreement with Caltex, the Victorian government and some other companies to establish an ethanol plant and to use E85 as a new fuel," he said.

Brought back to the question of diesel power for the Commodore, Devereux's remarks took on a big-picture hue that was short on specifics.

"We're looking at every option that we have in the GM stable and one of the great things about working for General Motors, that we frankly sometimes don't leverage the way we should have in the past, is that we have a ton of technology that is on the plate for us. Whether we select that for a given market is obviously to be determined, but being part of General Motors is a very, very good thing for Holden."

In the past, Holden had reportedly investigated adopting the 2.9-litre VM diesel V6 that powers the Cadillac CTS in Europe and HSV is known to have played around with turbodiesel BMW sixes for the purposes of proving the concept.

A diesel engine in the Commodore may be what Holden needs to nip in the bud Ford's marketing gain from the EcoBoost four-cylinder engine for the Falcon. And with the Commodore already being built in left-hand drive markets, a diesel model could bolster export sales very substantially.

Postscript: Since this article was published, Holden has advised that diesel powertrains are not planned for the Commodore.

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