Holden decides to keep car engineering facility after all

Holden has done an about face and decided to keep its Lang
Lang proving ground after it ends its Australian manufacturing operations by
2017.

AAP reports that about 70 staff will be employed at the site,
mainly to retune imported cars for Australian driving conditions.

Speaking at Holden’s headquarters today, General Motors
International Operations president Stefan Jacoby said that some work for GM’s
international engineering team may also be carried out at the Victorian
facility in Lang Lang.

“As we continue to plan for the company’s success now
and in the future, it is important that Holden and its vehicles retain their
Australian DNA,” Jacoby said.

“It will be involved in global engineering development
as well, but mainly for fine-tuning for these vehicles which we will introduce
for the Australian market.”

He added that the company plans to continue manufacturing
all current models in Australia until 2017 and to employ its current workforce
of about 2900.

The news comes as fears begin to surface that Ford may end its Australian manufacturing operations before its planned departure date of October 2016.

According the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union
vehicle division, of the three car makers, Ford’s position is the most
uncertain.