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Holden to keep Port melbourne design centre open

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General Motors has signalled that its global CEO Mary Barra will keep Holden’s design centre open.

News Corp reports that General Motors executives have said the Port Melbourne design centre, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, will continue to operate after Holden ceases manufacturing in Australia in 2017.

Around 140 work at the design centre.

“We have support from GM leadership,” Mike Simcoe, vice president of GM international design told News.

"Mary Barra supports Holden design…When she was in charge of product development (before she became CEO) she agreed this studio should continue.

"I can’t give you the quote because I can’t speak for her, but she was very specific about keeping this place alive.”


Barra was announced as GM’s first female CEO in December.


Last year Ford Australia announced that they would also keep their design operations running in Australia after the company stopped assembling cars (in 2016).

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