Australia’s Holden Cruze hatch on-sale from November

Australia’s own Holden Cruze 2012 will be on sale from November this year, starting at RRP $21,240 for the manual, hatchback model.

The Cruze was designed and developed by Holden’s team at the Elizabeth, South Australia plant, for sale to Australian buyers. 

2012 hatch and sedan models will be on-sale from November, with prices ranging from $21,240 for the Cruze CD 1.8 litre petrol manual model, up to $30,740 for the Cruze CDX 2.0 litre diesel automatic model.

Two new models will be available for 2012: Perfect Blue (replacing Voodoo) and metallic teal Chlorophyll (replaces Poison Ivy).

The 2012 models come with a range of standard extras too, including Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free dialling.

The first Australian-made Holden Cruze came off the factory line in Elizabeth in March this year.

The new Holden Cruze is the first small car built by Holden in 10 years. The construction of the vehicles has reportedly created an extra 265 jobs at the company. 

Last year Holden resumed the afternoon shift at its South Australian vehicle manufacturing plant with 165 new employees expected to join the ranks. One hundred new employees were hired in November last year for the shift with a further 65 new positions filled before the year end.

Holden was supported through $149 million in federal government funding, and the launch of the low-emission car was attended by Prime Minister Julia Gillard who said that the introduction of the Cruze was a positive sign for the automotive industry in Australia.