Holden’s Engine Operations plant in Port Melbourne, Victoria is celebrating an important milestone in its history today after the one millionth High Feature V6 engine was built at the plant since production began in 2003. The facility currently manufactures 34 variants of the HF V6 engine for both local and international markets.
The one millionth engine is a 3.6-litre variant which powers both the Australian-built VF-series Commodore SV6 and Calais V6. Other variants built at the plant include the 2.8-liter Turbo, 3.0-liter V6 and the 3.6-liter LPG V6.
“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,” Holden Engine Operations Plant Manager, Martin Merry, said in a statement.
The plant in Port Melbourne has been utilized by Holden since 1936 and began engine production in 1948 with the introduction of the 2.15-liter four-cylinder ‘Gray Engine’. Over the decades it has produced many iconic Holden engines including the first Australian eight-cylinder engines ever, the 253 and 308 V8s. The millionth engine will remain at the plant where it will likely be proudly displayed.