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GM Holden will stop Melbourne engine making

GM Holden will stop Melbourne engine making

General Motors Corp.'s Australian unit, Holden, will end production of four cylinder engines at its Melbourne plant, where more than 500 people are employed.
Holden will stop making the so-called Family II engine at the end of 2009 after 27 years of production, the company said in a statement on its Web site. Declining customer demand has reduced output at the Fishermen's Bend plant in Melbourne to less than 50 percent of capacity, the statement said.
The decision comes as Holden strives to meet demands of customers in China, Thailand and Korea, who are shifting to "more technically advanced" alternatives, the Melbourne-based company said. Holden cut 600 jobs at its Adelaide factory in March, while Mitsubishi Motors Corp. announced in February the closure of a plant in the southern city as the Japanese carmaker shifts production to emerging markets.


Updated : 2021-03-01 00:45 GMT+08:00