Drive reports the brand has stockpiled enough 3.0-liter and 3.6-liter V6 engines to last through the end of locally-manufactured Commodore production. The VF Commodore Series II will exit production in late 2017.
As for what’s next for the 175 workers responsible for building the engines, Holden said 57 left before the plant’s actual closure, while 80 percent of the remaining employees had secured work elsewhere, planned to retire, or were not going to seek future work. Employees were all granted access to a suite of support from Holden, including up to $3,000 in approved training to transition into new work.
“The employees at Holden Engine Operations have made an enormous contribution to our company and the entire Australian motoring industry,” said Holden’s Executive Director of Manufacturing, Richard Phillips.
Since 1948, Holden has manufactured 10 million engines at the Port Melbourne facility.