General Motors will fully integrate Holden engineering into the GM Advanced Vehicle Development Team with plans to hire 150 new engineers. With the hiring spree, Holden will be directly involved in GM’s future electric car and self-driving car development.
Holden announced Tuesday the 150 new engineers will be a mixture of experienced and graduate engineers and the new hires will bring the Holden design and engineering workforce to over 500 employees. The engineering hires come as Holden sheds jobs from its corporate headquarters.
Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president and president of global product, and now Cadillac, said, “The world-class vehicle engineering capability we have at Holden in Australia will play a significant role in GM delivering on its commitment to create a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.”
Reuss made the announcement at Holden headquarters as he toured the newly renovated Lang Lang proving grounds.
GM Holden Executive Director – Engineering Brett Vivian added, “Holden’s engineering unit has a bright future undertaking important local and global work, from ensuring imported Holden vehicles can master Australia’s unique driving conditions, to developing the technologies that will power the future of mobility globally.”
Holden will spend $120 million AUD annually on automotive research and development in Australia.
The company also said the move to integrate Holden with GM’s advanced vehicle teams further strengthens the brand’s position. Holden and Australia will also play a key role in Maven in the years to come and GM will roll out OnStar connectivity to the brand beginning in 2019.