The Cruze berths

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle News -

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.

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