Holden’s local know-how
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.