HSV Kills Diesel, But LPG Gets Green Light

Holden Special Vehicles has confirmed it has dumped diesel plans and will go into production with a range of LPG-powered vehicles from early next year. But the company has admitted it has an uphill battle on its hands reversing LPG’s “taxi image” and convincing dealers that it is a viable alternative to power its performance cars.

HSV is looking to make LPG optional on most of its range — including the high performance flagship GTS and Maloo ute. Only the R8 Tourer will miss out, because the gas tank takes up too much cargo space.

HSV considered putting an LPG tank in the spare wheel well of its cars, but the tank would be smaller in capacity and therefore provide less driving range.

HSV says there is no performance reduction with its LPG-powered cars and that the system switches seamlessly from petrol to LPG.

The HSV boss also revealed that HSV dealers are yet to be convinced they can sell LPG-powered versions of Australia’s favourite performance sedans.

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