At one point in time, Holden’s historic Lang Lang proving ground was slated for the chopping block along with the demise of local production. However, that decision was reversed, and hundreds of local engineers have been kept on board. Now, Holden is seeking additional talent.
In the next step of General Motors’ $8.7 million investment into the Australian development hub, Wheels reports Holden has begun the job hunt for additional employees to staff expansions at Lang Lang. Holden and Lang Lang was selected due to its expertise in rear-wheel drive vehicles, according to a Holden spokesperson.
The effects have already been seen as locals continue to spot left-hand drive Cadillac vehicles under development in Oz. In the future, Buicks will also have a home at Lang Lang as well.
“Our powertrain calibrators are obviously very expert at rear-wheel-drive applications, so they do a lot of that work for GM,” spokesman, Sean Poppitt, said. “It’s why you’ll see a lot of Buicks and Cadillacs on our roads as our guys do lots of calibration work.”
At least 11 new positions will be open to bring Lang Lang’s workforce up to 106 individuals.
GM is expected to run up to 7,000 tests per year, covering 100 different vehicle models, cashing in on 60 years of Lang Lang’s capability to develop vehicles suited for the toughest situations.