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Metal Casting Technologies : Dec 2009
24 www.metals.rala.com.au refuelling infrastructure means the switch to green cars is likely to be slow. Reilly said the transition from the internal combustion engine to low emissions engines will occur progressively over the next ten years. "The Automotive Australia 2020 vision is a long term thing...I think over the next few years we're going to see a lot more efficient vehicles not just electric vehicles." It is widely acknowledged that the transition to zero emissions cars in Australia has to be led by government because it is currently not being driven by the market. Australian motorist bought only 625 hybrid cards and SUVs in the year to August, a fall of 63 per cent year- on-year. The AIIC report said that through advanced green car initiatives with global export potential, Australia can become one of the world's leading designers and producers of competitive zero emission cars. And by leading development in this area, Australia will own a greater portfolio of IP and become the industry of choice for design, engineering and testing of globally desirable fuel efficient products. "No one's really sure which technology is going to lead yet but we are doing a lot of work in trying to get on the boat," said Reilly. "I think there are opportunities in the US. One company we recently visited is expecting to spend $1.6 billion in the supply chain to service and source their componentry. "We are certainly encouraging firms consistently to diversify from existing markets...to increase competitiveness through R&D and access to global supply chains as opposed to just selling to local manufacturers." ■ GM Holden will build an all-new small car in Australia alongside the country's best-selling Commodore range. The second carline will start in the third quarter of 2010 with support from the Federal and South Australian Governments. The vehicle will be based on General Motors' global Delta small car platform and feature new technologies to increase fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse emissions. The new front-wheel-drive vehicle will be built as a sedan and hatch at GM Holden's Elizabeth manufacturing facility in South Australia. Design and engineering work will take place at the company's headquarters in Port Melbourne, Victoria. Start-stop hybrid technology and capacity to run on alternative fuels such as E85, diesel, LPG and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) are all being considered for the vehicle's development. It will be GM Holden's first locally produced car beyond its current range of larger vehicles since the Asian economic crisis ended Vectra production in 1998. The program will require 500 to 600 existing employees at Elizabeth and is estimated to provide 500 to 600 local supplier positions. GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mark Reuss said the announcement provided opportunity to take a leading role in developing alternative fuel and fuel saving technologies in Australia for Australians. Reuss said the program would be a major contributor to the economy, generating an estimated $70 million to $80 million in wages and $30 million in research and development. "Just as our leading Commodore range will continue to undergo technological development, this new vehicle will cater for growing demand for smaller cars focussed on economy. "We are planning for the future to produce a wider range of cars in Australia to cater for a variety of driving needs." GM Holden to build fuel efficient small carline The new small, front-wheel-drive, four-cylinder vehicle to be built by GM Holden at Elizabeth will be based on General Motors' global Delta small car architecture. Other examples of the architecture will include the next generation Chevrolet Cruze and Opel, Vauxhall and Saturn Astra. The architecture was primarily developed by GM Europe in Russelsheim, Germany for GM markets around the world. Direct injected petrol and diesel variants of the vehicle will be produced with GM Holden considering a range of alternative fuel or fuel saving technologies including E85, LPG, CNG and start-stop hybrid capability. Further details about the vehicle including its nameplate, design specifications and pricing will be determined closer to the time of production. But the additional cost of an electric or hydrogen-powered vehicle and a lack of f lli if t t th ith
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