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TMR Team | Nov, 30 2016 | 1 Comment

Holden’s withdrawal from the Australian new-car manufacturing scene draws ever-closer, as the carmaker built its final V6 engine in Australia this week.

The company will continue to build the Commodore and Utility models in Elizabeth, South Australia, for around 11 months, but the gradual phasing-out process has begun.

Around 170 Holden staff were on hand to witness the last locally-built engine for the carmaker as it rolled down the production line in Melbourne.

With existing engine stocks, Holden says it now has enough V6 powerplants in both 3.0 and 3.6 litre capacities to see it through to the conclusion of its run of carmaking in Australia.

It has also confirmed that the 175 employees directly effected by the shutdown of the engine plant have "access to a suite of transition services and upto $3000 in approved training" as part of Holden's $15m contribution to the federal government's Growth Fund to support manufacturing employees.

It claims that 57 employees had already left before the closure and 80 percent of the remaining staff had secured work elsewhere while the remainder were either retiring or "not seeking further employment".

"The employees at Holden Engine Operations have made an enormous contribution to our company and the entire Australian motoring industry," Holden's Executive Director of Manufacturing, Richard Phillips, said.

"The team was recognised just this year with the top prize as the Most Valuable Plant for productivity across General Motors International, which reflects the pride and dedication of this team."

"As is normal practice in the car industry, various components are built ahead of final vehicle assembly which is why Holden's transition out of local manufacturing continues to happen in a planned, phased and orderly process."

Holden has stated it has made more than 10 million engines in Port Melbourne since full-scale engine manufacturing began in 1948.

The current engine factory, known as Holden Engine Operations HFV6 Plant, was opened in 2003 to exclusively build what's dubbed the High Feature V6 in 32 different configurations for myriad of General Motors vehicles.

A total of 1,137,282 engines have been built since 2003, with just under 700,000 used to powered Commodore variants while 437,436 were exported overseas.

The death of the local V6 is the latest nail-in-the-coffin for the Australian manufacturing scene, following the end of Ford’s run as a local carmaker and the final locally-built Holden Cruze - both in October.

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