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Holden Makes LPG Even More Appealing

GM Holden
5 August 2008
www.holden.com.au

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.

Price Breakdown


*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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I wish GM would do this here in the states. I was filling up a propane tank in a small town this last weekend on the coast, Long Beach WA. I asked the guy if they had many people using it in their cars, and he said a few, and all of the vehicles they had except one ran on propane as well. He then said it was cheaper than what I had just bought due to government subsidies as it is considered an alternative fuel. I believe the quoted price was $2.95/Gallon. This was in the middle of nowhere, I would not be surprised if it were cheaper here in town.
 

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Good move from Holden to try keep people in the large car market, specially since i think they say the falcon LPG sales are about 25% of total Falcon sales, is the Holden system similar to that one that was mentioned on here not long ago about a guy in Aus who brought over this new liquid injection system i think it was called, was sposed to be ever more economical that the Commodores system
 

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LPG is just not Propane, but a mixture of gases.
Yes Robert, that is correct but I think it's more of the problem that the Yanks don't speak English properly.

LPG is basically a propane & butane gas mix (usually around 70/30, but it varies a lot), but the the yanks use the term 'gas' for petrol, so what do they call real gas.

They seem to use the generic term 'propane' for their LPG, even though it is a mix.

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I still hate LPG, Personally..

However, These new systems are nice, I'll consider thinking of LPG when, Petrol hit $2.50.
If it does.
 

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Our works is seriously looking at the dual fuel Commodore Omegas as fleet changeover rolls closer.

And the SA Government Auctions shows the dual fuel Commodores holding their auction advantage over normal petrol Commodores


HTML:
 COMMODORE OMEGA SEDAN VE DECEMBER 2006 AUTO Kms: 73337 $17800.00 
Engine: 3.6L (Petrol) Colour: SAND STORM     
Options: Dual Air Bags, Cruise Control, CD Player, FE2 Sports Suspension, Power Windows, Air Bags Side Front, Police Pack, Rear Parking Sensors, ABS, Active Stability control, Side Curtain Airbags Front & Rear, Sport Shift Mode 
COMMODORE OMEGA SEDAN VE DECEMBER 2006 AUTO Kms: 60159 $22200.00 
Engine: 3.6L (Dual Fuel) Colour: SAND STORM     
Options: Antilock Brake System, Cruise Control, Power Windows, Air Conditioner
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My concern is what happens come 2011 when the federal goverment starts taxing LPG?
The current advantages will disappear.
The Federal Government has already started to charge excise on LPG. I believe that it is currently 2.5c/litre & will go up by 2.5c/litre per year until it reaches a maximum of 12.5c/litre by 2012. This is a lot less than the 38c/litre that is currently on petrol.

There are rumours that this will be revised (downwards !!) because LPG is more 'carbon friendly'.

No matter which way you look at it, LPG is a cleaner & much cheaper fuel than petrol.

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The Federal Government has already started to charge excise on LPG. I believe that it is currently 2.5c/litre & will go up by 2.5c/litre per year until it reaches a maximum of 12.5c/litre by 2012. This is a lot less than the 38c/litre that is currently on petrol.

There are rumours that this will be revised (downwards !!) because LPG is more 'carbon friendly'.

No matter which way you look at it, LPG is a cleaner & much cheaper fuel than petrol.

Dr Terry

Thank you.
That's great news then, i wasn't sure on the tax structure planned for LPG.

I agree LPG is a very good alternative to petrol, provided the cost advantage remains in favour of LPG. My brother works for a gas conversion company and i've had plenty of experience with gas powered falcons.
 

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Governments will always tax something that becomes popular, I can't wait till they tax breathing air.

If we move to full electric cars, And then can charge from home, They will then tax our power by 15%.
That's bloody governments for you, Party's mean jack, They all do it.
 

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After the Brittish subjugated the Scotts after the Battle of Culloden they started repressing them and one of the taxes levied was a tax on window area in dwellings - even today in Glasgow some of the very old eighteenth century buildings have glass painted over so the owners could avoid the tax. It's where the saying 'daylight robbery' comes from.
 
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