GM Holden has announced the creation of 150 engineering jobs “to develop leading technologies to drive the future of mobility”.

GM HOLDEN has announced it will employ a further 150 engineers (both experienced and inexperienced) to work on next-generation automotive technologies. This will bring the local engineering workforce to 500, according to Holden.

Speaking at Holden HQ, GM Executive Vice President and President, Global Product Group and Cadillac (and former Holden Australia boss), Mark Reuss, said Australian engineers would be fully integrated into global GM engineering teams to develop leading technologies to drive the future of mobility.

“GM is determined to be the first company to bring safe, autonomous vehicles to market — not within years, but in quarters. Make no mistake, we’re moving to a driverless future — a future of safer roads and zero crashes,” said Reuss. “At the same time, GM is well on its way to bringing at least 20 new all-electric models to market by 2023.

“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.”

GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director Dave Buttner said GM’s strong commitment to Holden was providing Australian motorists with benefits today, and well into the future.

“Before any vehicle can earn the right to be a Holden, our engineers clock up 4000 hours and 200,000 kilometres in Australian conditions, testing everything from the suspension to radio performance and recognizing Australian road signs,” Buttner said.

“This means that anyone who buys a Holden can have the utmost confidence that their vehicle can take anything Australian roads can dish out. Holden’s current range of vehicles is the best we’ve ever had, in large part because our local engineers’ fingerprints are all over them.”

At the same time, Holden’s engineers will be working on global teams to develop the technology that will revolutionize the way we move, said Buttner.

“Today’s AVD announcement is the latest investment which strengthens Holden’s future. Australia is one of the key sites outside of North America for Maven businesses, including car sharing, and we will be offering industry-leading connectivity with the rollout of OnStar beginning in Australia from next year.

“We are also establishing GM Financial here in Australia – so what we offer Holden customers continues to broaden as our industry and consumer expectations change. This is an exciting time for Holden and our customers.” 


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