Family cars due in 2013
The VF Commodore.
Holden’s upcoming VF Commodore could be the last vehicle to be entirely designed and built in Australia, and sales of the sedan will need to be solid in order for Holden to maintain a strong presence in Australia.
Holden boss Mike Devereux is on the record as saying VF will be “a massive update” of the current line-up.
The vehicle will be a technical showcase for the brand, and could take technology from fellow GM brands including Cadillac.
Expect to see the majority of the Commodore platform in the second quarter of 2013, ranging from base Omega spec to the long wheelbase Caprice. Holden has remained tight-lipped about launch dates for its ute and wagon variants, but the new wagon has already been spotted on the road, and be surprised if it’s not released at the same time as the sedan or shortly after.
Cruze will benefit from a Sportwagon body to join current hatch and sedan offerings.
The addition to Holden’s small sales star will be available from January. But unlike Cruze hatch and sedan, the wagon will be built in South Korea and not Australia.
It will have 500 litres of load space in the rear, and a massive 1500 litres of storage with the rear seats folded flat.
Going up a size, the mid-size Holden Malibu will be available in mid-2013.
Holden says the front-wheel-drive sedan is no threat to Commodore, and hopes it will steal sales from Mazda6 and Toyota Camry.
It will be sold with a choice of petrol and diesel engines coupled to a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Hyundai is launching just one new car in 2013, a wagon version of its i30 hatch.
The i30 tourer will be available before Easter, priced from only $29,990.
The car will share the i30’s petrol and diesel engines and be available in both manual and automatic forms.
Peugeot’s 5008 MPV will be available from June. The seven-seat SUV is sold overseas with a choice of six petrol and diesel engines which may make it to Australia.
Proton will introduce the Exora, a 7-seat MPV that could prove to be the cheapest of its kind in Australia. Proton has not committed to pricing for the car, but says it will go on sale mid-year for less than $30,000.
Renault has readied a wagon version of the Megane which will go on sale mid-2013. The new body style will be sold alongside the Fluence sedan and Megane five-door. The brand promises that it will be competitively priced.