Holden’s en­gine shut­down

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Holden’s next-gen­er­a­tion Com­modore has been of­fi­cially un­veiled in a series of im­ages, re­veal­ing the styling of the fifth-gen­er­a­tion but first-ever fully-im­ported Com­modore range. The 2018 Com­modore is es­sen­tially a re­branded Opel Insignia lift­back that, ac­cord­ing to Holden, was “de­signed in Ger­many by the Opel team with in­put from GM Holden’s team.”

On-sale here from Fe­bru­ary 2018, the new­gen Com­modore is a five-door hatch­back rather Holden took an­other step to­wards com­plete clo­sure of its lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing op­er­a­tions with the last Aussie-made en­gine built at its Port Mel­bourne plant in late Novem­ber. In fir­ing up the fi­nal V6 mo­tor Holden ended man­u­fac­tur­ing at the Fish­er­mans Bend site which be­gan in 1936. Full-scale en­gine than a four-door sedan. It mea­sures 74mm shorter and 36mm nar­rower than the cur­rent lo­cally-built road car.

The next-gen­er­a­tion Com­modore will be built in Ger­many on GM’s global E2 plat­form. We can also ex­pect a ‘Sport­wagon’ ver­sion of the new Com­modore and po­ten­tially a jacked-up, all-wheel-drive SUV-style five-door rem­i­nis­cent of the VZ-based Ad­ven­tra.

Base mod­els will use ei­ther a tur­bocharged 2.0-litre four-cylin­der petrol or diesel en­gine. It man­u­fac­tur­ing com­menced there in 1948 with over 10 mil­lion en­gines built since. A to­tal of 1,137,282 en­gines were pro­duced at the HFV6 plant which opened in 2003. Of these, 699,806 were for do­mes­tic mar­kets and 437,436 were ex­ported in­ter­na­tion­ally – to ev­ery con­ti­nent around the world, ex­cept Antarc­tica. Holden said 32 dif­fer­ent con­fig­u­ra­tions were built for var­i­ous Gen­eral Mo­tors ve­hi­cles. “The em­ploy­ees at Holden En­gine Op­er­a­tions have made an enor­mous con­tri­bu­tion to our com­pany and the en­tire Aus­tralian mo­tor­ing in­dus­try,” ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of man­u­fac­tur­ing Richard Phillips said. “The team was recog­nised just this year with the top prize as the Most Valu­able Plant for Pro­duc­tiv­ity across Gen­eral Mo­tors In­ter­na­tional, which re­flects the pride and ded­i­ca­tion of this team. “As is nor­mal prac­tice in the car in­dus­try, var­i­ous com­po­nents are built ahead of fi­nal ve­hi­cle assem­bly which is why Holden’s tran­si­tion out of lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing con­tin­ues to hap­pen in a planned, phased and or­derly process,” said Mr Phillips.

Holden has said it has built enough of the 3.0-litre and 3.6-litre V6 en­gines to cre­ate a stock­pile to meet de­mand for the fi­nal year of the lo­cally-built Com­modore mod­els. It claims the 175 em­ploy­ees di­rectly af­fected by the shut­down of the en­gine plant have “ac­cess to a suite of tran­si­tion ser­vices and up to $3000 in ap­proved train­ing” as part of Holden’s $15m con­tri­bu­tion to the fed­eral govern­ment’s Growth Fund to sup­port man­u­fac­tur­ing em­ploy­ees.

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