While waiting for hybrids, Holden adds Astra diesel

While GM's down-under division Holden waits for hybrid powertrains to appear in their big Commodore sedans, they are moving ahead with improving the mileage of other models. The latest addition to the lineup is the Astra CDTi Wagon. The estate version of the compact Astra is now available to Australian buyers with the 1.9L turbodiesel that's offered in many of GM's European cars. On the Australian test cycle, the Astra diesel rates 33.1 mpg (U.S.) when paired up with six speed automatic transmission. The Holden Astra gets a full range of standard safety equipment include stability control and plenty of airbags for all occupants. Unfortunately, buyers at Saturn stores in the U.S. don't have the option of either a diesel engine or the wagon. The GM press release is after the jump.

Press Release:

Holden adds another model to its growing diesel line-up

Australia's biggest-selling European imported car in 2007, the Holden Astra, is now available in a turbocharged diesel wagon, bringing the number of diesel models in Holden's line-up to four.

The feature-packed Astra CDTi Wagon boasts ESP® as standard and a 1.9 litre turbo diesel engine delivering exceptional performance and fuel economy.

The Euro 4 compliant Astra CDTi Wagon will be available in a six-speed automatic transmission and delivers outstanding fuel economy (ADR 81/01) of 7.1 litres/100 km.

GM Holden's Director of Marketing Philip Brook said the Astra CDTi Wagon was another example of the fantastic choice offered by Holden's Astra range.

"The Astra CDTi Wagon will appeal to customers in search of something a little roomier as well as a vehicle that offers outstanding performance, combined with great fuel economy and safety," said Mr Brook.

Astra CDTi Wagon's standard features include ESP® with traction control, ABS, EBD, BA driver, front passenger and front side impact airbags, full length curtain airbags, four 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, cruise control, semi automatic climate control and trip computer.

The six-speed automatic SOHC Astra diesel engine produces 88 kilowatts of peak power at 3500rpm and 280Nm of peak torque at 2000rpm. An Active Select feature allows the driver to shift manually for a sharper driving feel.

On sale 1 June 2008, the Astra CDTi Wagon is priced at $32,490# and is available in a range of colours including:
Casablanca White
Power Red
Star Silver Metallic*
Black Sapphire Metallic*
Pannacotta Metallic*
Metro Metallic*
Over 218,725 Astras have been sold in Australia to date, making Astra Holden's second most popular nameplate behind Commodore, and Australia's best-selling European import in 2007.
#Recommended Retail Price – Excludes dealer delivery and Government charges.
ESP® is a registered trademark of Daimler Chrysler AG
*Metallic paint an additional $360

[Source: General Motors]

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