Holden’s lo­cal know-how

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle News -

When Holden pulls the roller doors shut on its long-serv­ing Eliz­a­beth man­u­fac­tur­ing plant on Oc­to­ber 20, it will lose the col­lec­tive as­sem­bly line abil­ity of more than 1000 work­ers. But all will not be lost. The Aus­tralian en­gi­neer­ing and de­vel­op­ment op­er­a­tion, which is highly re­garded within Gen­eral Mo­tors glob­ally, as well as the hal­lowed Lang Lang prov­ing ground, will see the Aus­tralian in­put into both Hold­ens and over­seas GM mod­els con­tinue.

A team of more than 300 de­sign­ers and en­gi­neers will be re­tained at Holden’s en­gi­neer­ing cen­tre at Fish­er­mans Bend, and at the ex­pan­sive Lang Lang fa­cil­ity 95km south east of Mel­bourne, which has served the brand since 1957.

A to­tal of 44 kilo­me­tres of sealed and un­sealed roads un­fold on the 877 acre Lang Lang prop­erty, in­clud­ing ride and han­dling roads, rat­tle and squeak roads, a dust road, and a high-speed banked oval.

The fa­cil­ity, with Holden’s lo­cal tun­ing and de­vel­op­ment nous, will be key in the lo­cal­i­sa­tion of fu­ture im­ported Hold­ens, in­clud­ing the forth­com­ing ZB Com­modore, which is cur­rently un­der­go­ing fi­nal val­i­da­tion ahead of is launch early next year.

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