Along with announcing it will receive four new Opel models, Holden also said operations at its iconic Lang Lang proving ground would continue beyond the end of the company’s Australian manufacturing operations in 2017 during a press conference at Holden headquarters in Port Melbourne today.
General Motors Executive Vice President and President of GM International Operations, Stefan Jacoby, joined Holden Chairman and Managing Director Gerry Dorizas to make the announcement.
“Whether it’s earned on the Proving Ground or created in the GM Australia Design Centre, Holden will keep its proud Australian identity,” said Jacoby. “This announcement means that post-2017, Holden will not only retain its Lang Lang Proving Ground in Victoria but will host a design, engineering and product development workforce in Australia.”
Holden’s Lang Lang proving ground has been the site of testing for every locally produced Holden since 1958. Jacoby said the preservation of Lang Lang, combined with the additional announcement that three European-sourced models will join Holden’s portfolio next year, demonstrate Holden and GM’s long-term commitment to Australia.
“GM is undergoing a transformation that is committed to driving our markets – like Australia – towards success. We are focused on the long-term fundamentals, including ensuring Holden retains its proud Australian identity and provides customers with the best possible cars,” said Jacoby.
Dorizas said vehicles with a Holden badge will continue to be tuned and perfected at Lang Lang for Australia’s unique needs. The retention of the GM Australia design center and some engineering capability means Holden will continue to deliver Australian customers the vehicles they are used to.
“Our engineering and vehicle development team at Lang Lang will have the capability to tune suspension, steering and drivetrain characteristics for Australia’s unique conditions and customers,” said Dorizas. “The Lang Lang team will also remain plugged in to GM’s global engineering department, with ongoing input into product programs that reach beyond Holden and influence GM vehicles around the world. Our world-class GM Australia Design Centre will also continue to help shape not just future Holdens but GM vehicles around the globe.”