During the live reveal of the 2016 VF Holden Commodore Series II, Mark Bernhard, Holden Managing Director and Chairman, announced more Holden employees would be sticking around than once imagined.
100 design jobs will stick around after manufacturing ceases in Australia after 2017 and, in fact, 18 new design positions will be created in what Bernhard called an effort to help Holdens “retain their unique Australian DNA.”
Holden will establish an 18-person advanced vehicle development team to assist General Motors in designing future product.
In addition, it had already been announced Holden would retain its ever-important powertrain engineering and development workforce, also once believed to be axed after 2017.
Holden engineers and designers will work on local, and global, vehicle projects in the future.
If the Buick Avenir is any clue into what Holden’s team is capable of, we say bravo on the decision, GM Holden. Bravo, indeed.