The last-ever Holden Cruzes will be made today, with 270 staggered redundancies as a result as the car maker prepares to end manufacturing late-next year.
The end of local manufacture for the four-cylinder vehicle was announced in February.
The ABC reports that the redundancies will be staggered, with some staff staying back to complete work on an export order of vehicles, based on the Holden Commodore.
The Cruze is Holden’s last Australian-made four-cylinder vehicle.
The Elizabeth plant operations director, Shaun Calvert, wrote in The Advertiser today that workers understood the pride and history involved today.
“This morning that pride, mixed with some sadness, will be felt by everyone as the final two Cruze vehicles — a hatch and sedan — will be driven off our assembly line,” Calvert wrote.
“These final two models are among 126,225 Cruze cars we’ve built since the first drove off the assembly line in 2011.”
The two cars will be donated to the Leukaemia Foundation to be raffled off, reports News Corp.
This morning car maker Ford has made its last vehicles ever and concluded local manufacturing. Holden and Toyota will do the same next year.