Australians looking for a cheaper alternative to gasoline now have a very cost effective option with a dual fuel conversion being offered by Holden. The installation allows Commodores and derivatives to be operated on either LPG or gasoline. Holden recently dropped the conversion price of the system by $1,000 (AUS) from $3,900 to $2,400. The Ute pickup variants went from $4,900 to 3,400. The net cost for sedan buyers can drop to as little as $400 thanks to a $2,000 tax rebate from the federal government. That expense can be recouped in operating cost savings in about four months for the sedan and one year for the Ute thanks to LPG costing less than half the price of gasoline right now. The conversion is done on vehicles with the 3.6L DOHC V6 that also use in a wide variety of North American market GM cars and CUVs. The fuel system can automatically switch from LPG to gasoline on the fly when the fuel level drops too low. The press release is after the jump.

[Source: General Motors]

FOR RELEASE: 2008-08-04

Holden Makes LPG even more Appealing


Private customers can now buy dual fuel LPG-powered Holden Commodores for as little as $400 more than their petrol equivalents.

This follows the announcement today that GM Holden is reducing the recommended retail pricing on all its new LPG Commodores by $1500.

With eligible private buyers entitled to the Federal Government's current rebate of $2000*, this means that from only $400 on sedan, Australian families can access all the comfort, performance and practical advantages of a large car, at annual fuel costs comparable to popular petrol-only small cars.

The cost of Holden's dual fuel LPG system has reduced from $3900 to $2400 on Commodore Omega, Berlina and 60th Anniversary sedans. There is an equivalent price drop from $4900 to $3400 for VE Omega ute (automatic model only).

In Western Australia, where additional $1000 State Government subsidies are available#, that equation becomes even more attractive.

Dual-fuel Omega and Berlina sedan models running on LPG currently deliver fuel economy of 15.5 litres per 100km and 15.7 litres for Omega ute.

An example of LPG at $0.63 a litre, and unleaded petrol at $1.45, means a typical motorist covering 20,000kms annually could expect to recoup the $400 outlay on an LPG Commodore sedan in just four months, and the $1400 on a LPG Ute in less than a year.

GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mark Reuss, said, "Holden has always been committed to providing vehicles that enable Australian families to enjoy spacious, safe and comfortable motoring at a price within their reach.

"As rising petrol prices continue to put pressure on all motorists, LPG offers an affordable solution that is already widely available.

"It gives motorists access to large car benefits at small car fuel costs.

"With this further incentive from Holden, and continuing support from the Federal Government through its LPG rebate scheme, Australians now have another cost-effective option available to them when choosing their next family or business vehicle."

Holden's efficient dual-fuel Alloytec V6 engine is available on VE Omega, Berlina and 60th Anniversary sedan models, and the VE Omega ute.

With comparable performance to petrol-only models, Holden's LPG powered sedans produce peak power of 175 kW @ 6000 rpm (petrol 180 kW @ 6000 rpm)** and peak torque is 325 Nm @ 2600 rpm (petrol 330 Nm @ 2600 rpm)**.


With two tanks, Holden's dual fuel option also gives customers greater range and flexibility. On sedan, the 73 litre cylindrical LPG tank is located under the parcel shelf in the boot whilst on ute, a 74 litre cylindrical tank is fitted in the cargo tray with a modified tub liner. On both variants, the existing 73 litre petrol tank is unchanged.

Holden's LPG unit is an advanced Sequential Vapour Gas Injection (SVGI) system, which injects gas directly into the engine, mimicking the petrol injection sequence. It has automatic changeover to LPG via seamless cylinder-by-cylinder activation and provides an automatic change back to petrol at low LPG levels.

As the dual fuel system has been designed and engineered by Holden, customers have the confidence that dual fuel models are covered by Holden's three-year/100,000km new vehicle warranty and are fully tested for safety and crash worthiness.

All vehicle safety systems are also retained including Electronic Stability Control as standard on both sedan and ute models.

LPG and petrol fillers are combined under the existing fuel filler cap and there is a separate LPG fuel gauge. There is no difference to service intervals and little difference to service costs, with an LPG vapour filter requiring replacement every 15,000 kms, and a liquid filter every 120,000 kms.

Pricing Breakdown

Omega LPG

Berlina LPG

60th anniv.

Omega Ute

auto

auto

auto

auto

From Sept 1

Petrol RRP - post Aug 1

36,790

40,290

32,990

28,990

LPG option - post Aug 1

2,400

2,400

2,400

3,400

Less Federal Gov't Rebate (private buyers)

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

LPG option less rebates

400

400

400

1,400

Cost to private buyers after rebate

$37,190

plus on road costs

$40,690

plus on road costs

$33,390

plus on road costs

$30,390

plus on road costs

Western Australia only:

WA Govt Rebates (private buyers)

1,000

1,000

1,000

1,000

Cost to WA private buyers after rebates

$36,190

plus on road costs

$39,690

plus on road costs

$32,390

plus on road costs

$29,390

plus on road costs

#Vehicles registered in Western Australia may be eligible for a further $1,000 rebate. For eligibility, refer to the WA Government's LPG Vehicle Sceme at www.dpi.wa.gov.au.

*Private purchasers of Holden's dual-fuel engine are eligible for the Federal Government's $2000 rebate as fitting is done post vehicle production at HSVi. For eligibility refer to the Federal Government LPG Vehicle Scheme at www.ausindustry.gov.au

**Maximum figures as per ECE regulations.




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