The Cruze is an important model in Australian automotive history, from its niche beginning as a pioneering small 4x4 offering based on the (Holden-designed) 2001 Suzuki Ignis, to this country's final-ever volume-production small-car range to take on the Toyota Corolla a decade later until Holden's manufacturing cessation in 2017.
From 2009, the Cruze became Holden’s replacement for the German Opel-sourced Astra and ex-Daewoo Lacetti-derived Viva, with substantial Australian engineering. Assembly in Australia started in 2011, introduced a Holden-designed five-door hatch, as well as a raft of improvements over the previously Korean-made version. However, the spacious wagon continue to be imported.
Production wound down in 2016, with the Opel Astra hatch and later wagon returning to Holden's line-up, while the Korean-built Astra Sedan replacement was actually the international Chevrolet Cruze, but failed to fire in Australia. The cheapest grade starts from $14,850, rising to $28,930 for the most expensive version.
This vehicle is also known as Daewoo Lacetti Premiere.