Holden yesterday celebrated the production of the 100,000th Cruze at its vehicle assembly facility in Elizabeth, South Australia. General Motors’ Cruze is built and sold all over the world, with Aussie production of the compact four-door commencing in March 2011.
Australia didn’t just stick a Holden badge on the front of the Cruze in place of a bowtie and call it a day. The automaker is actually responsible for designing the Cruze hatchback, which we unfortunately didn’t receive in North America, and applied its own engineering expertise to the car to properly tune it for Australia driving and roads.
Holden engineers tuned the suspension for improved the steering, handling and ride comfort. They also recalibrated the automatic transmission for better drivability and made their own noise, vibration and harshness improvements, which were later adopted by GM for all Cruze models.
The 100,000th Cruze produced in Australia was a Red Hot Sri Z-Series hatchback, which is destined for Commonwealth Motors in Canberra. SRi Z-Series Cruzes come equipped with Holden’s MyLink infotainment system, a seven-inch color touch screen, leather seating, push button start, a backup camera, a sports body kit and more.