Holden to stop production
Last car to be built at SA plant
HOLDEN has revealed its final day as a car manufacturer will be October 20.
Fittingly, the final car built will be a Holden Commodore at its Elizabeth plant in Adelaide. It will mean an end to more than 50 years of vehicle manufacturing by Holden.
Holden began vehicle manufacturing at the South Australian location in 1963, but had built the first all-Australian motor vehicle in 1948 – the 48-215 or FX – in Port Melbourne.
It means from October 21 this year, Holden will have completed its final transition into a full vehicle importer.
The company announced it would still make more than 30,000 vehicles in Australia before manufacturing ends in nine months’ time.
It also reiterated it would retain more than 300 designers and engineers in addition to 10,000 employees at Holden’s Melbourne headquarters, its proving ground, design studio and across its 230-strong national Holden dealer network.
It has long been known Holden would honour its commitment to manufacture vehicles at its Elizabeth plant until the final quarter of 2017, but yesterday we were told the exact day for downing tools.
Executive director of manufacturing Richard Phillips said their priority was giving employees and suppliers advance notice and providing certainty.
“While this confirmation isn’t a surprise for anyone and we’ve been working toward this for nearly four years, we can now confirm the actual date for our people and our suppliers,” he said.
“Putting our people first and foremost has always been our highest priority.
“This October may bring to a close more than 50 years of vehicle manufacturing by Holden at Elizabeth but I know it will be business as usual for our manufacturing workforce until then – we have tens of thousands of world-class cars to build in coming months.”
FINAL RUN: Holden vehicle operations mark the final VE Commodore built.