Poyser Motors is proud to present the critically acclaimed Mercedes-Benz All Stars.
We have much please in inviting you to an exclusive preview of this travelling roadshow, where you will have the rare opportunity to experience some of our newest and most exclusive Mercedes-Benz models.
View the E250 CGI Cabriolet and C63 Coupe, where awe-inspiring beauty, unbelievable technology, exhilarating performance and heart-stopping power have combined to be exceptional additions to the Mercedes-Benz Vehicle range. Also on show are the SLK350 BE, B200 BE, GL 350 CDI, S350 Bluetec, ML 350 BT and CLS350 CDI.
We look forward to seeing you at Poyser Motors from Wednesday 22nd August, 2012 until Monday 27th August, 2012 (in trading hours between 8.30 am and 6.00 pm) to experience All Stars 2012.
On Saturday 25th August, 2012 between 12pm and 4pm we will be exhibiting paintings from local artists – Vincent Loverso, David Johnston, Fiona Smith and Sandy Williamson at the showroom. Please join us at the showroom for drinks and canapés to view the amazing pieces of art, and this travelling roadshow.
Please RSVP by Monday 20th August, 2012 to Marnie Cavallaro by phone (03) 5442 3250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend the exhibition on Saturday 25th August, 2012.
And remember, the stars do shine brighter in Bendigo.
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Spring is almost around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than a day at the races. If you love fashion, horse racing and Mercedes-Benz, then you will want to be at the Poyser Motors Star Lounge for the launch of the Bendigo Fashion Festival on Sunday, 9th September, 2012 at the Bendigo Jockey Club.
On a chilly Sunday morning in June, 20 guests of Mercedes-Benz and Poyser Motors braved the harsh elements to participate in our annual Winter Drive Day. Peppers Mineral Springs Retreat at Hepburn Springs was the destination, Mercedes-Benz were the vehicle of choice for the guests.
With the vehicles lined up, Mercedes-Benz lanyards on the doors indicating which vehicles guests were to begin their journey in, Mark Doyle – Sales Manager, provided guests with a run-through on the performance of the vehicles, and what they had to offer before our guests set sail in convoy from the showroom, en route to Harcourt for our first stop.
Can you imagine how fantastic it looked for people driving down High Street, Bendigo, seeing not one, but eleven Mercedes-Benz passing by? The lead car (E250) was navigated by Mark Doyle with myself as co-pilot, ensuring our every stop was safe, well-timed and allowed the drivers an opportunity to experience the next vehicle in the line-up.
Followed behind the lead car was an SLK200, E220, S350, C63 Coupe, C200, ML250, B180 and C250 Coupe. The latest addition to the Mercedes-Benz Team, Rod Jones – Sales Executive, stayed at the back of the line, in a C300, not wanting to leave anyone behind! Meanwhile, Mark White – Service Manager zipped in and out of the line in the C180 Coupe.
Our next stop was at Franklin Ford intersection, which gave us the perfect opportunity to compare notes about the vehicles we had been in, whilst taking in the superb view of the rolling hills that the Macedon Ranges is most famous for.
Next stop, Peppers. With slight drizzle in the air, a moist road and outstanding vehicles, you can only imagine how much fun we had on the winding road into Hepburn Springs! As we entered Peppers, staff were on hand with a glass of champagne and umbrellas to escort us from the vehicles. Whilst under the verandah of this stunning Art Deco building, with either a glass of bubbles or a sumptuous red wine, guests had the opportunity mingle and view the magnificent range of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
A warm log fire, leather couches and wing-back chairs were inviting us all to rest our legs and enjoy the beautiful surrounds of Peppers. Our host for the day, Di, then escorted us all to the “Conservatory” for a Mediterranean buffet that can only be described as heavenly. Following lunch, Trifle and Pavlova were the deserts of choice, making certain our guests would be completely satisfied in anticipation of the drive home.
Di then took us on a private tour of Peppers, of both the guest-house and the gardens and surrounds, leaving us completely satisfied that our time at Peppers was a truly unique experience. With guests keen to try out the next vehicle in the line-up, we had just enough time for a group photo and then we were en route to our next stop for the journey back to the showroom.
Well, you never want to go the same way twice do you? Next stop, Drummond. To my delight, as I had never been on this road before, Glenlyon was just the prettiest countryside I had seen in a long time. Rolling hills, sheep, vineyards and stylish homesteads were the landscape on this road, and if you were lucky enough to be driving the vehicles, you were able to experience the winding roads. If you were passenger, you were equally as lucky viewing the magnificent countryside.
On arrival at Drummond, guests were now all clamouring to drive the C63 Coupe. At each interchange of vehicles, I would ask “which has been your favourite car to drive today” and everybody came back with the same response “oh the C63 Coupe of course”. The afternoon chill had most certainly set in by now and I noticed the vehicle changes were now becoming a little quicker!
On route to Harcourt, this was now officially our last stop. As they say, all good things must come to an end, and sadly, this gorgeous group of guests, had one final opportunity on the day to drive one of the many prestigious vehicles on offer. Harcourt was most certainly our quickest vehicle change as we were en route to the showroom, via North Harcourt, Sedgwick, Mandurang and finally Bendigo.
The last leg of the Drive Day through North Harcourt, Sedgwick and Mandurang proved to be very beautiful. Right on cue, the view from the top of North Harcourt at the Ford Road Intersection confirmed we live in a beautiful part of the world, and we were able to show guests that we have a fantastic range of beautiful cars to experience this in.
When we finally made it back to the showroom, it didn’t take very long for the C63 Coupe to be back out on the road for a little more “test driving”!
Register your interest for the Winter Drive Day 2013 or for any information on the vehicles mentioned on the Drive Day by e-mailing marnie.cavallaro ‘at’ poysermotors.com.au
The new high-riding Colorado will be sold in three body styles, Single Cab, Space Cab and the family-friendly Crew Cab, and four models – DX, LX, LT and LTZ.
All Colorado models powered by the 132kW 2.8-litre diesel powertrain will benefit from a class-leading towing capacity of 3.5-tonne, while the new 4×2 DX Single Cab featuring Holden’s 110kW 2.5-litre turbo diesel engine will have an impressive three-tonne towing capacity.
The Colorado workhorse will also boast a one-tonne payload across the range1 – regardless of powertrain – and will be available in 4×2 or 4×4 guise across all Single and Crew Cab models, while Space Cab will be 4×4 only.
Holden offers a six-speed automatic transmission as a $2,000 option on every model except the entry level DX cab chassis, which is available with a 5-speed manual transmission only.
Holden Executive Director Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, John Elsworth, said he was pleased to announce the Colorado model line-up well ahead of launch.
“With this announcement, customers can now pre-order a Colorado at their Holden dealer before the end of the financial year, and secure the first deliveries,” Elsworth said.
“Like our Dealers, we’re really keen to show customers what a great product we have with this new generation Colorado.
“We’ve been able to put together a really competitive package with impressive diesel performance, great driving dynamics and a one-tonne payload on every model.
“Colorado has been developed for the global market with significant Holden input. The Holden Colorado will have a suspension tune that’s unique to Australia and many of the accessories have been developed locally to specifically suit our conditions.
“With four Colorado models and three different body styles in either 4×2 or 4×4, we have a Colorado to suit every customer.
“And the icing on the cake is Colorado’s 3.5-tonne towing capacity on all models equipped with the new 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine.”
The 2012 Holden Colorado will be packed with lifestyle and comfort features including Bluetooth® connectivity, power windows, two auxiliary power outlets, auxiliary input, USB port and iPod® compatible audio system.
Colorado will also have a comprehensive array of safety features with Electronic Stability Control, ABS, driver and front passenger airbags and side curtain airbags standard across the range.
Holden will release a full list of specifications and features for the new Colorado range closer to its mid-year launch. In the meantime, customers can preview and register their interest at: www.holden.com.au
Holden will offer seven exterior colour choices, which are:
- Carbon Flash* – metallic black
- Summit White – solid white
- Nitrate* – classic silver metallic
- Royal Grey* – metallic grey
- Summit White – solid white
- Carbon Flash* – metallic black
- Royal Grey* – metallic gre
- Nitrate* – classic silver metallic
- Blue Mountain* – metallic light blue
- Oceanic Blue* – bright metallic blue
- Sizzle – bright metallic red
*Prestige paint is an additional $550
From today, Holden will introduce HoldenWise Capped Price Servicing, which offers customers significant savings and impressive value for money for standard scheduled services across the three-year/60,000km capped price service period*.
HoldenWise Capped Price Servicing applies to the Series II Commodore sedan, Sportwagon and Ute range, Cruze hatch and sedan, Captiva 5 and 7, Barina Classic, new generation Barina hatch and sedan, Barina Spark and Caprice. The new generation Colorado LCV will also be eligible for capped price servicing when it’s launched later this year.
Holden Director of Customer Service and Retention, Narelle Stack, said the new HoldenWise Capped Price Servicing program would provide greater consistency, certainty and transparency of servicing costs throughout the first three years of ownership.
“We’ve been listening to customer feedback and there’s a growing demand for upfront service pricing. Customers tell us servicing costs are a key factor influencing their purchase decision,” she said.
“Today we’re introducing a very competitive capped price servicing scheme, which offers Holden customers impressive value for money and peace of mind, across our key new models.
“Holden’s capped price servicing scheme is central to a suite of products designed to give our customers an outstanding ownership experience and keep them coming back to Holden.”
Earlier this year, Holden introduced its first mobile phone app called myHolden. The app enables Holden owners to perform a range of functions from their mobile device, including scheduling a vehicle service, locating a Holden dealer and contacting Holden Roadside Assist.
Every new eligible Holden model sold on or from Sunday 1 April will qualify for HoldenWise Capped Price Servicing.
Holden will build two all-new cars in Australia in the second half of this decade with the support of a $275 million co-investment package from the Australian, South Australian and Victorian Governments.
Making the announcement in Canberra today, Prime Minister the Hon Julia Gillard MP was joined by Minister for Industry and Innovation, the Hon Greg Combet AM MP, Premier of South Australia, the Hon Jay Weatherill MP, AMWU Vehicle Division Federal Secretary, Ian Jones, and Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mike Devereux.
Mr Devereux said the funding announcement would drive investment of more than $1 billion from Holden and help secure the future of the local car industry.
“Co-investment of this kind is critical for our industry and helps Australia compete against other car making countries that protect their industries through tariffs and/or financial support,” he said.
“Holden will receive government co-investment of $275 million and directly invest well in excess of a billion dollars in the 10-year vehicle development and manufacturing program.
“The investment will help Australia retain its capability to design, engineer and build cars with two all-new vehicles going into production at Elizabeth, South Australia, in the second half of this decade.
“The two new Australian-made cars will be world-class. They will be underpinned by global architectures from within General Motors and bring new fuel-saving, connectivity and safety technologies to Holden’s portfolio.
“The program also delivers a significant return on investment. We estimate Holden will inject around $4 billion* into the Australian economy over the life of the program.”
Holden is one of the most flexible automotive manufacturers in the world, producing 45 vehicle variants in the one plant, including small and large cars from Cruze to Caprice, for Australian and international markets.
Mr Devereux said the local market was one the most fragmented and competitive in the world with 230 models on sale in Australia today compared to 144 in 1998 when large cars enjoyed their strongest sales.
“Holden’s business model has been a great success in this competitive and challenging environment. Last year we sold more locally-made cars in Australia than any other manufacturer and nearly 60 per cent of all Holdens sold in this country were built in Elizabeth,” he said.
“We are making the cars Australians want. Commodore and Cruze are top five selling cars in Australia – so it’s clear we’re making small and large cars that meet the needs of both ends of the market.
“Government investment has been instrumental in reshaping Holden’s manufacturing operations and has enabled us to build the Cruze small car in Australia, rather than import it.
“We are acutely aware that with government investment comes great responsibility. We are focused on continuously improving our efficiency and quality to help us be amongst the best in the GM world.
“It’s also important that people understand the economic benefits that flow from this public investment.
“Holden is delivering a very attractive return on investment. We estimate the current locally-built Cruze will generate more than a billion dollars* of economic activity from Holden in Australia over the life of the program,” Mr Devereux said.
Holden is part of a sophisticated, highly innovative and fast-paced industry that supports a complex network of jobs in and outside of the industry.
“Today’s announcement is a huge vote of confidence in Holden and the Australian car industry and it highlights how important it is to maintain manufacturing in this country,” Mr Devereux said.
“On behalf of everyone at Holden and our network of component and service suppliers, I’d like to thank the government and the Australian people for their support.”
* Economic activity estimates are based on Holden’s incremental spend in Australia as a result of manufacturing these vehicles locally (versus importing), it includes total manufacturing expense of Holden (wages, utilities, contractors, maintenance etc), local supplier material content and Holden incremental non-manufacturing costs. It excludes a multiplier effect through the broader economy.
Central Victorian Medical Recruitment Taskforce (CVMRT) Golf Day.
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Sunday, April 15th, at the Bendigo Golf Course. 8:30-9:00am registration and breakfast. On-course BBQ. Team & individual prizes.
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The first images of Holden’s tough new off-roader – the Colorado 7 4WD SUV – in its Chevrolet guise have been released ahead of the global reveal of the production vehicle at the Bangkok International Motor Show in Thailand.
The all-new seven-seater Holden Colorado 7, based on the Chevrolet Trailblazer, will be the first heavy-duty 4WD SUV to wear a Holden badge in almost a decade.
The Holden Colorado 7 shares its architecture and underpinnings with the new-generation Colorado Light Commercial Vehicle, which arrives in Australia mid-year.
Holden Executive Director Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, John Elsworth said the growing popularity of SUVs in Australia would ensure the new Colorado 7 had a ready-made fan base when it is launched at the end of 2012.
“Australians are buying more SUVs than ever before, and we’ve seen this demand reflected in the growing popularity of our Series II Captiva range,” Elsworth said.
“The Colorado 7 will be a perfect fit for customers looking for the increased packaging flexibility and lifestyle benefits of clever interior storage, seven seats and rugged off-road performance.
“Developed to deliver everything Australians could want from a tough 4WD, with coil-sprung five-link rear suspension and a competitive 3-tonne towing capacity the Colorado 7 will be an impressive addition to our SUV line-up.
“Its heavy-duty 4WD credentials and refined driving characteristics make it equally at home in the suburbs and off the beaten track.”
The Trailblazer will feature on the Chevrolet stand at the Bangkok International Motor Show from 28 March.
Holden will release official Colorado 7 product information, specification and pricing details closer to launch.
Production commenced this morning on the all-new dedicated LPG Commodore at Holden’s Vehicle Operations in Elizabeth, South Australia.
In a Holden first the new LPG system will be available in models across all Commodore variants encompassing Sedan, Sportwagon, Ute and Caprice.
Plant Launch Operations Manager, Tony Sylvester said the introduction of the new LPG Commodore to the plant required a number of operational and technical enhancements to be integrated into the build process to accommodate the new model and technology.
“A number of changes across the site were made with the introduction of this model including unique body panels, changes to the facia assemblies moulded in our Plastics operations and a completely new fuel system put into place in General Assembly,” he said.
Where previously the LPG fitment of the dual fuel vehicles was completed off line, the introduction of the dedicated LPG system now required the capability to fuel vehicles with LPG during the build process to enable the car to be driven off the end of the line.
Holden has taken an innovative approach to overcome the cost and complexity of adding an additional fuel line into the plant. Holden Engineers have worked with the tank supplier to come up with the solution of providing pre-fuelled tanks which are then installed as part of the build process on the Chassis Line.
“By having the LPG tanks pre-fuelled when supplied has eliminated the need to install an LPG fuel line in the plant resulting in reduced costs for the program, increased productivity and has ensured that the introduction of the new model into the plant is smooth as possible,” Mr Sylvester said.
Launched in 2008, Holden’s Ecoline is about better fuel efficiencies today and next generation fuel advances for tomorrow that are better for the environment and affordable for the typical family. Four years later, Holden’s philosophy has not changed and the all-new dedicated LPG system perfectly epitomises the future-friendly strategy.
The dedicated LPG fuel system joins the line-up of Ecoline badged models currently produced at the Elizabeth plant that includes E85 capability across all Commodore and Caprice models, Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI) on V6 models, Active Fuel Management (AFM) on automatic V8 models and a 2.0-litre diesel offering for the Cruze sedan and hatch.
“Whether it is performance, economy or size as the main driver for the customer’s purchase we have the flexibility and skill at our South Australian facility to build a variety of combinations to meet their needs,” Mr Sylvester said.
The introduction of the dedicated LPG Commodore is the latest model launch for Holden Vehicle Operations that in the last 12 months has seen the launch of the locally-made Cruze sedan and hatch line-up, model year enhancements to the Commodore and the introduction of the Chevrolet Police car program.
The all-new dedicated LPG range will be available in dealerships from next month.
Holden’s dedicated LPG Commodore was the subject of an intensive and exhaustive engineering program that ensures a vehicle tailor-made for Australian conditions, with a raft of local engineering solutions that make this the best LPG Commodore ever produced.
Holden’s Program Engineering Manager for the LPG Commodore program, Brian McMurray, says the scope and exacting execution of this engineering program has ensured customers are buying a vehicle that is world-class for driveability, CO2 emissions and fuel running costs.
“The engineering team had three crucial targets for this program. To achieve less than 200 grams of CO2 per kilometre across the range, to ensure fuel running costs comparable to a small or medium-sized petrol car and finally, to ensure a seamless drive experience for customers familiar with a petrol Commodore,” said Mr Murray.
“I’m very proud to say that the team has achieved, or exceeded, those goals. After more than 1.3 million development kilometres and 78 testing and evaluation prototypes, the Holden engineering team has executed a no-compromise LPG experience.”
LPG injection system
At the very beginning of the LPG project, Holden engineers evaluated liquid and vapour-injection LPG systems. After preliminary research and building a proof of concept liquid injection prototype vehicle, it quickly became apparent that vapour injection was the only solution to achieving the program’s goals.
“Vapour injection provides lower fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions compared to liquid, while vapour also uses fuel more efficiently with fewer pumping and parasitic losses,” said Mr McMurray.
“Vapour systems are less mechanically demanding and therefore better suited to the varying grades of LPG fuel found across Australia.
“Vapour is also best suited to the Australian climate, with more consistent start-up in hot climatic conditions.”
The heart of the LPG Commodore is the 3.6-litre, double overhead cam V6 engine, with four valves per cylinder. This engine has been designed to run solely on LPG and therefore has allowed for design optimisation in several key areas.
The entire LPG fuel system has seen significant development, with new fuel injectors, fuel rail and LPG fuel filter.
Specific fuel injectors have been developed, with these injectors target positioned within the engine to optimise fuel delivery – giving better performance, lower CO2 emissions and improved driveability and durability.
The fuel control system has also been optimised in the areas of fuelling, spark advance and cam positioning to ensure that the advantages of LPG are fully realised for lowest possible CO2 emissions and best performance and driveability under Australian driving conditions.
Additional highlights include hardened valves and valve seats to ensure long-term durability, while the heads and manifold are also designed specifically for the LPG Commodore to ensure optimised air flow and combustion.
As LPG contains a higher octane rating than petrol, new pistons of an optimised design have been used to raise the compression ratio to 12.2:1 to take full advantage of LPG fuel.
A particular highlight of the dedicated LPG Commodore is the new six-speed automatic transmission. Lighter, smarter and more refined, this new transmission boasts sophisticated control software that optimises shift patterns to provide outstanding driveability.
The end result is a world-class engine with excellent performance and outstanding fuel economy. Producing 180kW of power and 320Nm of torque, the dedicated LPG engine eclipses the outgoing dual-fuel LPG variant by 5kW and 2Nm. And yet the new LPG Commodore Omega sedan records 11.8L/100km on the ADR combined cycle, an improvement of 1.6L/100km – or 13 percent – compared to the dual-fuel LPG Omega sedan.
Depending on fuel prices, the Omega sedan will cost less than $1,300 per year in fuel to run, which is up to $800 a year cheaper than a 1.8-litre Toyota Corolla.*
Holden’s engineering work has ensured the entire LPG Commodore range has been awarded 4.5 stars by the Green Vehicle Guide, and exceeds “Beyond Euro 6″ exhaust emissions standards.
Combine these results with a range of more than 700km, and the LPG Commodore is a no compromise proposition, allowing customers the freedom and practicality of a large car without the large car fuel bills.
Over the duration of the exhaustive LPG Commodore engineering project, numerous local engineering solutions were implemented by Holden engineers and suppliers. Several of these engineering innovations have been awarded patents.
Additional engineering highlights include the purpose-designed LPG vapouriser. This unit regulates the flow of liquid LPG, subsequently heating the fuel and causing it to vapourise, creating the vapour that is then injected into the combustion chamber. The vapouriser is another made-to-measure component, and is the only one of its type being used by an OEM manufacturer anywhere in the world on an engine of this capacity.
In order to use the vapouriser, Holden engineers had to create and execute new software to operate the vapouriser and integrate it into the powertrain system. This required unique code to be written for both the ECM and VCM management systems.
Spent exhaust gasses are managed through a specifically-designed exhaust system which is differentiated from the rest of the range by a single exhaust outlet, which also aids with refueling in hot climate conditions. This newly designed exhaust uses a twin-muffler system positioned mid-vehicle and is tailored to refinement, power and torque requirements for the LPG engine.
Refinement has also been paid special attention, with a specifically tailored noise and vibration package to ensure a pleasurable drive.
As with all Holden products, safety was an overriding priority throughout the LPG Commodore program. Like all VE Commodores, the LPG model goes beyond the mandated Australian regulatory requirements and scores the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating while providing outstanding real-world safety.
With its incredibly rigid body structure with multiple load paths for maximum energy absorption in an impact, ESP standard on all models, as well as six standard airbags in every model, the Commodore remains one of the safest cars on the road today.
But the LPG program provided its own unique challenges to our safety engineering team.
LPG requires a larger tank than petrol in order to achieve a similar range, so to keep mass contained, Holden’s safety engineers developed a lightweight, 84-litre aluminium tank – which to our knowledge is the only mass-produced, OEM-equipped, aluminium fuel tank anywhere in the world.
In order to balance mass and weight distribution with our stringent safety requirements, the safety team relocated the tank rearward of the rear axle which was an intense engineering exercise in itself and required significant re-routing of the exhaust system among other modifications.
The tank itself is constructed from high-strength, multi-celled, aircraft grade extruded aluminium with strategically-placed additional aluminium protection plates.
The aluminium tank was the subject of intense research and development activity, including numerous simulated and physical tests of both the tank itself and in-situ within the vehicle in the form of nine barrier crash tests performed in-house.