Holden’s mil­lionth HF V6

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Holden has cel­e­brated a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone with the 1,000,000th HF (High Fea­ture) V6 en­gine built at Holden’s En­gine Op­er­a­tions (HEO) plant at Fish­er­mans Bend, Port Mel­bourne, Vic­to­ria.

This also marks 11 years since the first HFV6 en­gine came off the HEO pro­duc­tion line in 2003.

The 1,000,000th en­gine – a 3.6-litre vari­ant – is the en­gine that pow­ers the Ade­laide-built, VF Com­modore SV6 and Calais V6 mod­els.

Holden en­gine op­er­a­tions plant man­ager Martin Merry said the mil­lionth en­gine mile­stone is a tes­ta­ment to the skills of the em­ploy­ees who work at Holden’s en­gine op­er­a­tions fa­cil­ity.

“Our mis­sion is to build the ‘World Best En­gines’ and we be­lieve we do. Over one third of the en­gines built at Fish­er­mans Bend are fit­ted into Holden’s lo­cally-pro­duced VF Com­modore and Calais ve­hi­cles,” he said.

“These world-class en­gines also power ve­hi­cles in North Amer­ica, South Amer­ica, Europe and Asia, in­clud­ing the Chevro­let Alpheon, Buick GL8, and the Opel An­tara.”

Cur­rently, HEO builds more than 34 vari­ants of the High Fea­ture V6 en­gine for lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets. These vari­ants in­clude 2.8-litre Turbo, 3-litre V6, 3.6-litre V6 petrol and 3.6-litre LPG. HEO also built the first pre­pro­duc­tion CNG (Com­pressed Nat­u­ral Gas) bi-fuel en­gine tai­lored for an in­ter­na­tional mar­ket.

In 2009, HEO be­gan build­ing the ad­vanced SIDI (Spark Ig­ni­tion Di­rect In­jec­tion) ver­sion of the HFV6 which brought sig­nif­i­cant per­for­mance and fuel econ­omy ben­e­fits to the Com­modore range.

The VF SV6 Com­modore, win­ner of “Aus­tralia’s Best Large Car Un­der 60,000” by Aus­tralia’s Best Cars in 2013 is fit­ted with a SIDI V6 en­gine.

Holden has been op­er­at­ing at the Fish­er­mans Bend site since 1936, with HEO be­gin­ning en­gine pro­duc­tion in 1948 with the six-cylin­der, 2.15-litre “Grey En­gine” that pow­ered the first Holden – the iconic 48-215 FX.

Over the decades, some of the best­known en­gines built at HEO in­clude the Holden L6 en­gine in 1963, the first Aus­tralian V8 En­gines (the 253 and 308 V8s for the Holden HT in 1969) and more than 4.7 mil­lion Fam­ily II four­cylin­der en­gines.

The 1,000,000th HFV6 en­gine will be re­tained at the Holden En­gine Op­er­a­tions Plant.

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