Holden’s engineers in Australia will design a version of the Commodore for local and/or global consumption in 2014 – possibly the last time that they will do so, according to the chief engineers who developed the Holden Commodore. OptusZoo News spoke to Chris Walton, chief executive of The Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, who are credited for the past and present Commodore designs. Walton said that its senior management confirms that it is “highly likely” that the 2014 Commodore would be the last one engineered in Australia.
It’s believed that Holden owner, General Motors, made this suggestion as it is hoping to use more global development and platforms in the future. GM believes that the niche product designs and building in Australia are ineffective from a cost perspective. Kim Carr, an Australian Senator, said that government officials have been meeting with GM and other automakers over the possible future investments in the country.
However, there has been no confirmation yet on what will be the outcome of the 250 to 300 engineering jobs that may be lost if the Holden Commodore goes somewhere else following the 2014 model year redesign. Senator Carr said that the industry is “capital intensive” and so “decisions are made on a long-term basis.” It would be sad to see the rivalry between Ford’s Falcon and Holden’s Commodore end as their competitiveness has resulted to numerous improvements to both cars. Holden has been designing, engineering and building cars for Australians (and other markets) in Australia since 1948. [source: LeftLaneNews]