Holden keeps prov­ing ground

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Holden ve­hi­cles will con­tinue to be tuned for Aus­trala­sia’s de­mand­ing con­di­tions with the an­nounce­ment that Holden will re­tain its iconic Lang Lang Prov­ing Ground post-2017.

Gen­eral Mo­tors ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and pres­i­dent, GM In­ter­na­tional Op­er­a­tions (GMIO) Ste­fan Ja­coby joined Holden chair­man and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Gerry Dorizas at a press con­fer­ence at Holden HQ at Fish­er­mans Bend to make the an­nounce­ment.

This an­nounce­ment means that post2017, Holden will not only re­tain its Lang Lang Prov­ing Ground in Vic­to­ria, but will host a de­sign, en­gi­neer­ing and prod­uct de­vel­op­ment work­force.

“This is an im­por­tant step in en­sur­ing that Holden will con­tinue to speak with a strong qual­ity prod­uct now and in the fu­ture. The world over, ev­ery­thing starts and ends with great prod­uct,” said Ste­fan Ja­coby.

“Our con­tin­ued in­vest­ment in the Prov­ing Ground and the GM De­sign Cen­tre in Mel­bourne, re­in­forces the strength of the Holden brand and the com­pany’s com­mit­ment to main­tain­ing a sig­nif­i­cant pres­ence in Aus­trala­sia.

“The Holden de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing ca­pa­bil­ity is also a crit­i­cal as­set for GM glob­ally. This team is a key part of our global de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing strat­egy for the fu­ture.”

He said the preser­va­tion of the Lang Lang Prov­ing Ground, com­bined with the additional an­nounce­ment that three Opel-sourced mod­els will join Holden’s port­fo­lio in 2015, demon­strated Holden’s long-term com­mit­ment to the re­gion.

“GMIO is un­der­go­ing a trans­for­ma­tion that is com­mit­ted to driv­ing our mar­kets – like New Zealand – to­wards suc­cess. We are fo­cussed on the long-term fun­da­men­tals, in­clud­ing en­sur­ing Holden re­tains its proud iden­tity and pro­vides cus­tomers with the best pos­si­ble cars,” he said.

Gerry Dorizas said the Lang Lang Prov­ing Ground and GM De­sign Cen­tre, com­bined with the re­ten­tion of some en­gi­neer­ing ca­pa­bil­ity, meant Holden would con­tinue to deliver New Zealand and Aus­tralian cus­tomers world-class ve­hi­cles.

“Our en­gi­neer­ing and ve­hi­cle de­vel­op­ment team at Lang Lang will have the ca­pa­bil­ity to tune sus­pen­sion, steer­ing and driv­e­train char­ac­ter­is­tics for Aus­trala­sia’s unique con­di­tions and cus­tomers,” he said.

“The Lang Lang team will also re­main plugged in to GM’s global en­gi­neer­ing depart­ment, with on­go­ing in­put into prod­uct pro­grams that reach be­yond Holden and in­flu­ence GM ve­hi­cles around the world. Our world-class GM De­sign Cen­tre will also con­tinue to help shape not just fu­ture Holden’s but GM ve­hi­cles around the globe.”

Lo­cated ap­prox­i­mately 95km south-east of Mel­bourne, op­er­a­tions com­menced at Holden’s Lang Lang Prov­ing Ground in Au­gust 1957. Lang Lang has been the test­ing ground for ev­ery lo­cally-pro­duced Holden from the FC model of 1958 right up to the cur­rent VF Com­modore range, launched in May 2013.

The Lang Lang fa­cil­ity in­cludes 44km of sealed and unsealed roads de­signed for spe­cific ve­hi­cle de­vel­op­ment and gen­eral dura­bil­ity test­ing. This road sys­tem in­cludes a 4.7km banked high­speed track, a ‘twist’ course for steer­ing and chas­sis tun­ing, a ‘noise road’ for ve­hi­cle re­fine­ment de­vel­op­ment, hill test roads and a skid pan.


Early ‘Six­ties Holden EJ Com­modores at Lang Lang.

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