Less than a month ago, Toyota capped off its production in Australia, and now, Holden’s very last production model in the country has rolled off the assembly lines. This year marks the company’s 69th year of manufacturing in Australia, and Holden decided to organize a special private even for the hard-working men and women behind Holden and the media.
Holden is one of the oldest transportation companies in the world, and back in August 2008, they have already assembled their seven millionth vehicle. That is sixty years after the very first model was launched, and today, they have built over 7.6 million vehicles all in all. The last example Holden built in Australia is a Commodore Redline.
Mark Bernhard, Chairman and Managing Director of Holden, said in his statement that their company’s number one priority is to treat their people with respect and dignity, and he is proud to be able to achieve their goal during the transition. For him, it is a recognition of their dedication over the years. He then added that 85 percent of their people have transitioned over the years, and they have supported and worked closely with these people.
Even after their very last production model, Holden will remain to keep at least 1,000 workers in their Melbourne headquarters, while retaining the company’s design and engineering teams to continue working on both local and global projects. Currently, Holden has nearly 6,000 employees across their national delivery and service network, and the 1,000 employees from the Melbourne headquarters will be added here. The automaker’s award winning transition center that’s currently located in their Elizabeth site will be kept open for another two years to ensure that the remaining workers will get a chance to transition successfully.
Bernhard said that apart from supporting their employees and making sure they are taken care of, Holden’s goal is to keep the company successful for as long as they can, of course. This would be the best way for them to honor their people and their heritage, and that is where the company’s focus is on.
Before the end of the decade, the automaker is planning to launch 24 “major vehicles” and 36 new drivetrain combinations. The lineup will include different types of vehicles like SUVs, a V8 sports car and even a new Commodore.
With almost 70 years behind them, from the very first Holden 48-215 that rolled off the Fishermans Bend back in the 1940s, to the very last VFII Commodore Redline that recently rolled off the Elizabeth factory on just last week, Holden has been part of the fabric of Australia and that’s a position that they are committed to maintain for many years to come.