Archive for November, 2010
Development of the upcoming Holden Cruze Hatchback continues apace, as our new photos of a camouflaged left-hand-drive test car reveal.
While production of the local Cruze Hatchback will kick off at Holden’s South Australian plant late next year, the Cruze is a global model, offered in most markets with a Chevrolet badge.
Importantly for Holden, the Cruze Hatchback concept revealed at the Paris Auto Show in September was designed and built here in Australia, further cementing the company’s role as a major development centre for parent General Motors.
Although the camouflage of this test car has obscured all the parts readers will be keen to see, Holden’s design boss Richard Ferlazzo admitted in September that much of what we saw with the concept’s lines will make their way to the production model.
Despite its seemingly smaller shape, Holden says luggage capacity in the rear of the Cruze Hatchback is “close” to the 400 litre capacity of the Cruze sedan, and the rear seats feature a 60/40 split fold.
Just the Facts:
* Cadillac unveiled its Urban Luxury Concept last night prior to the L.A. auto show.
* Measuring just 151 inches long overall, the ULC is 10 inches shorter than a Honda Fit, yet it seats four.
* The ULC is powered by a mild hybrid system that bundles a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine with GM’s “electric assist” technology.
LOS ANGELES â€” One of the more unusual concepts created for the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show is Cadillac’s Urban Luxury Concept, so called because of its positioning as “a new type of vehicle that offers a luxury experience in a diminutive size,” according to the brand.
How diminutive? Measuring just 151 inches long overall, the ULC is 10 inches shorter than a Honda Fit, yet it seats four.
Designed at GM’s North Hollywood Advanced Design Center under the direction of Frank Saucedo, the ULC looks exactly like what it purports to be: a baby Cadillac with a smaller-than-usual footprint, plus lots of room inside and a frugal hybrid powertrain under the hood.
Built on a 97-inch wheelbase, the ULC is powered by a mild hybrid system that bundles a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine with GM’s “electric assist” technology, as well as a stop-start system, a dry dual-clutch transmission and regenerative brakes. Cadillac projects fuel economy at 56 miles per gallon in city driving and 65 mpg on the highway.
Among the concept’s more unusual design features are twin skylights in the roof and a pair of scissors-style doors that extend outward at the touch of a button and then rotate forward. The car rides on 19-inch wheels and tires.
The high-tech cabin has ambient lighting and is trimmed in blue and gray leather with contrasting fabric, as well as carbon-color wood inlays, brushed aluminum accents and ceramic materials. Next-generation interactive technology is enabled via touchpad screens, capacitive multitouch switches and projected readouts, including a high-definition head-up display.