The Cruze berths
All the emotion over the final Falcon on October 7 overshadowed a similar landmark day at Elizabeth in South Australia.
On the same day that Broadmeadows built its last vehicles, Holden also ended production of the Cruze range.
The small-car experiment in South Australia was a struggle from the start and it was no surprise that production of the small car was wound up ahead of the 2017 deadline for the death of the Commodore.
For the record, the final Cruze – a SRI Z-series hatch – was driven off the assembly line at 8.30am on October 7. It was donated to Holden’s longtime charity partner, the Leukaemia Foundation, which will raffle the car to fundraise for patient transport services and accommodation.
The end of Cruze production saw around 270 Holden employees leave the business throughout the remainder of October, and into November, all on a voluntary basis. This is fewer than forecast in July, due to ongoing domestic demand for the locally made Commodore models.
Since production at Elizabeth began in early 2011, 126,255 Cruze sedan and hatch models were built.