Holden manufacturing will fall just shy of its 70th anniversary when the brand switches from car maker to national vehicle importer. The iconic Australian brand has announced it will build its final vehicle on October 20, 2017.
The date will mark 69 years of continuous production at the Elizabeth, South Australia factory, where iconic models such as the Kingswood, Monaro, Torana and, of course, the Commodore have been produced for local consumption. Holden informed the 1,000 workers left at the plant yesterday morning, as well as its supplier network.
Between now and October 20, Holden has capped 2017 VF Commodore Series II production at 30,000 units, which includes the sport wagon, ute and Caprice variants.
Every Holden employee has access to a suite of transition services from the brand, including new job training. The current staff left at the Elizabeth plant will also remain on the job for months following the idled production lines to decommission the facility.
Holden chairman and managing director, Mark Bernhard, praised the staff who will leave the company and looked towards what he hopes will be a more successful future as an importer.
They have continually pushed to improve the quality of their work for the benefit of our customers – this commitment, continuous improvement attitude and passion have been exhibited in spades in challenging circumstances.
It’s not surprising that their skills, work ethic and flexibility are highly sought after and they are leaving a legacy for Holden that deserves to be honored by ensuring this company has a bright and successful future.
Holden continues to change but we are proud to retain a significant presence in Australia for the long-term that includes more than 300 people across our local design and engineering workforces, in addition to the approximately 700 corporate staff and 10,000 people employed across our dealer network.
Holden remains committed to Australia and our customers for many, many years to come.
Holden will reveal a trio of final edition VF Commodores this month, which are expected to include a Motorsports edition, Director and more. The 2018 Holden NG Commodore, essentially a 2018 Opel Insignia Grand Sport, will arrive in early 2018 to take over sedan duties from the locally-assembled VF Commodore.
The brand recently ended production of its final V6 engine and locally-built Holden Cruze sedan last year. With this annoucement, Toyota is left as the last automotive company to announce its Australian plant’s closure. Ford Australia ceased production in Fall of 2016.