Using a $39.8 million Green Car Innovation Fund (GCIF) grant, Holden will transform the way they design, engineer and manufacture the Commodore, reducing fuel consumption by more than 7 per cent.
This fuel consumption equates to an average of 3.6 million litres per year — and an average cut of 9,000 tonnes of emissions — from the Australian Commodore fleet.
Announcing the grant, Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said environmental and economic benefits would flow from Holden’s innovation through reduced carbon emissions, increased employment and skills, and commercial opportunities.
“Production of the new Commodore will contribute $1.13 billion in wages to the Australian economy over the life of this project and inject $420 million into the local components industry each year,” Carr said.
This investment will help Holden reduce the weight of the car by using aluminium body panels. Holden will also look at ways to increase the aerodynamic performance of the Commodore.