Australian Muscle Car

Holden’s local know-how

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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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