Late last year Holden, the Australian arm of General Motors, announced it would be getting a new small sedan based on the global platform underpinning the Chevy Cruze. At the time, it was assumed that the Holden would feature revised sheetmetal and possibly a new name, but now that the wraps are off, it's clear that the only things changed are the badges, grille and location of the steering wheel. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as the new Cruze is a looker regardless of what brand name is affixed to the front.
Hit the jump to check out the Holden Volt.
Another new vehicle that the Australians are anxiously anticipating is Holden's version of the range-extended electric Volt. Again, nothing is expected to change when the eco-friendly vehicle makes its conversion to right-hand drive, especially since GM has invested so much engineering work into making the Volt's shape as aerodynamically-sound as possible.
Both vehicles are being highlighted at the 2009 Melbourne Motor Show starting today. The Holden Cruze will be there in the sheetmetal, although these images Holden Volt are all we get from the General. See both in our galleries below and check out the dueling press releases below.