General Motors Holden invests A$28 million in Australian engineering talent

30 Aug 2018

General Motors Holden will invest an extra A$28 million in Australian operations, creating 150 new engineering jobs in a bid to fast track the onset of autonomous vehicles, electric cars and widespread ride-sharing.

The Australian workforce, which increases to more than 500 with this latest expansion, will play a role in future automotive design and engineering, working with GM’s advanced vehicle development team in Detroit.

‘The world-class vehicle engineering capability we have at Holden in Australia will play a significant role in GM delivering on its commitment to create a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion,’ says Mark Reuss, GM Executive Vice President and President, Global Product Group and Cadillac, in a company media release.

‘We will now be spending up to $120 million annually on automotive research and development at our operations here in Australia,’ adds Brett Vivian, GM Holden Executive Director – Engineering.

Australian engineers have played a critical role in vehicle development for Holden and GM globally since 1946, according to Vivian.

‘Holden’s engineering unit has a bright future undertaking important local and global work, from ensuring imported Holden vehicles can master Australia’s unique driving conditions, to developing the technologies that will power the future of mobility globally,’ he says.

General Motors says it will introduce 20 new electric cars by 2023, some of which will be sold in Australia. ‘GM is determined to be the first company to bring safe, autonomous vehicles to market – not within years, but in quarters,’ says Ruess.

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