Posted on 31. Aug, 2010 in News

Victorian-made ethanol-fuel engines will power Brazilian cars after Holden secured a deal to export 600 new Commodore vehicles to the South American nation.

Celebrating the launch of Holden’s new series of vehicles today, Industry and Trade Minister Jacinta Allan welcomed the export announcement and said the Commodores would be badged as Chevrolet Omega Fittipaldis, named after Brazillian Formula 1 GP champion Emerson Fittipaldi.

Ms Allan said the ethanol-fuelled vehicles would be able to use the E85 Flex Fuel blend that was up to 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent petrol.

“The Brumby Labor Government’s strong economic management is helping Victorian automotive manufacturers secure a new generation of local manufacturing capabilities that will support automotive jobs well into the future,” Ms Allan said.

“Holden makes its Flex-Fuel capable engines at its Fisherman’s Bend plant and it is pleasing to see that Victorian automotive excellence is now in demand by parent company GM in Brazil.”

Ms Allan said that together with industry, the Brumby Labor Government was helping Victoria’s automotive sector rise to the challenge of global automotive manufacturing.

“A significant key to securing Victoria’s automotive manufacturing sector and its 30,000 jobs into the future is to ensure companies continue to innovate and look towards environmentally-friendly products which will only increase in demand,” Ms Allan said.

“Victoria is taking the lead on climate change with an action plan that will put us front and centre to take hold of the new job and investment opportunities under a green economy, especially in automotive.

“In Victoria, Holden is making an ethanol-capable engine, Toyota has produced Australia’s first locally-made hybrid vehicle, and earlier this month we saw the arrival of the Mitsubishi iMiev to Victorian shores to take part in the State’s electric vehicle trial.

“We’re also supporting the industry through our Victorian Automotive Manufacturing Action Plan, and the Automotive Roadmap jointly funded with the Commonwealth has recommended ways forward to securing automotive manufacturing for the long term.”

Ms Allan said the Brumby Labor Government had also supported a consortium’s bid to locate a $400 million new-generation bio-ethanol plant in Victoria that would turn household and industrial waste into ethanol fuel.

”The consortium includes Holden, Caltex Australia, Veolia, Mitsui and Coskata, and they are currently developing the business case for a plant that would no doubt create new jobs and boost Victoria’s potential as a fuel producer,” she said.


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