Holden's engine plans stall

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TAGS Holden Cruze Holden Commodore Holden Calais Holden Hatchback Sedan Ute Wagon Industry news Holden's engine plans stall 27 October 2015 by Joshua Dowling · CarsGuide Holden is in limbo waiting for the Federal Government to respond to their request for an exemption from new emissions standards. More than 11 locally-made Holdens do not meet new emissions rules due to come into force in November 2016. Will Holden upgrade the engines or win an exemption?The future of Holden's manufacturing operations is at a crossroads.Holden is facing three options: make costly upgrades to the engines on 11 models to meet new emissions standards, be given an exemption, or possibly close its car factory a year early.Two out of every three Commodores it builds -- and the most popular version of the Holden Cruze small car -- currently do not meet new emissions standards due in November 2016.Holden insists its car factory will not close earlyHolden has written to the Federal Government to request an exemption for new vehicle emissions standards, News Corp Australia has learned.A vehicle emissions expert has told News Corp Australia: "To make the upgrade is a massive task, it would take up to a year to make the changes and do all the validation work, so they need to decide now. If they don't do the upgrade and don't get an exemption they can't build cars."Holden insists its car factory will not close early -- even if it does not get an exemption -- because it says it will make the necessary upgrades to make the engines comply with new emissions standards.A statement from Holden said: "Our discussions with government are commercial in confidence and as such, we are not in a position to discuss details"."Our application (for an exemption) is designed to maximise production. We want to keep the plant, and our supply base, building as many cars as possible until the end of 2017. There is absolutely no circumstance under which this application process alone would force an early closure."The company added it has "a number of options available and we remain committed to building cars at our Adelaide facility until the end of 2017. There is no change to this plan".Authorities are likely to "rubber stamp" an approval for the exemptionBut the car maker and its factory workers are currently in limbo waiting for an answer from the Federal Government.News Corp Australia understands authorities are likely to "rubber stamp" an approval for the exemption, however it has been sitting on Holden's application for at least two months.The models affected by the change in emissions regulations include the biggest selling cars Holden produces.All V6 engines -- which account for two-thirds of Holden Commodore sales -- and the 1.8-litre four-cylinder which powers the most affordable versions of the Cruze hatch and sedan, currently do not meet the emissions standards due to come into force in November 2016.Ironically, the Commodore V6 models affected have lower emissions than Holden's latest V8 -- which accounts for one-third of sales -- but the V8 meets the tougher standards due in November 2016.According to the Federal Government's Green Vehicle Guide, the Commodore V6 emits between 206 and 222 grams of CO2 per kilometre from the tailpipe, versus 293 to 300 grams per kilometre for the new V8.Ford does not need to meet the new emissions standards -- known in the industry as Euro 5 -- because it is closing its Broadmeadows production line and Geelong engine plant in October 2016, one month before the change in regulations.Toyota, which is due to close its Camry assembly line in Altona on the outskirts of Melbourne in late 2017 after Holden, is also not affected by the changes to emissions regulations because its cars already meet the new criteria.The tougher emissions standards being introduced in Australia in November 2016 are six years behind Europe.The EU5 emissions standard was introduced in Europe in September 2009, and EU6 was introduced in  September 2014. Australia is still at EU4.The 11 locally-made Holdens that currently do not meet the new emissions standards due to be introduced in Australia in November 2016 include:Cruze Equipe sedan 1.8Cruze Equipe hatch 1.8Cruze CDX sedan 1.8Commodore Evoke V6 sedanCommodore Evoke V6 wagonCommodore SV6 sedanCommodore SV6 wagonCalais V6 sedanCalais V6 wagonCommodore V6 uteCommodore SV6 ute Related articles 2015 Holden Calais V Sportwagon review | road test7 July 2015 by Peter Anderson Holden Commodore Calais V V8 Sportwagon review17 September 2013 by Chris Riley Holden Calais VF review24 June 2013 by Joshua Dowling New Holden Commodore unveiled10 February 2013 by Joshua Dowling Holden VEII Calais review14 October 2010 by Paul Gover What to read next Comments Related articles 2015 Holden Calais V Sportwagon review | road test7 July 2015 by Peter Anderson Holden Commodore Calais V V8 Sportwagon review17 September 2013 by Chris Riley Holden Calais VF review24 June 2013 by Joshua Dowling New Holden Commodore unveiled10 February 2013 by Joshua Dowling Holden VEII Calais review14 October 2010 by Paul Gover Related pages Holden Calais Holden Hatchback Related cars for sale Search Holden cars for sale Search Holden Cruze cars for sale Search Holden Commodore cars for sale Get the latest news, reviews and advice every week '); }