Is Lang Lang To Be The Engineering Center For GM Imports?

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    Is Lang Lang To Be The Engineering Center For GM Imports?

    It seems that Aussie GM Proving Grounds first thought to be shuttered, has been given a new lease on life and as part of an 8.7 million dollar investment, is looking to hire additional help.

    https://www.wheelsmag.com.au/news/17...ound-expansion


    "HOLDEN has started recruiting engineers and drivetrain calibration specialists to work at its Lang Lang proving ground on future Cadillac and Buick-badged products.
    It’s the next step in the expansion of General Motors’ engineering and development foothold in Australia, and following the announcement in October last year that the proving ground would receive an extra $8.7 million from its US parent to upgrade its emissions labs.
    Holden spokesman Sean Poppitt said this was largely due to Australia’s expertise as a rear-wheel-drive development hub – a role that will ironically start to fade from October when the carmaker pulls the pin on almost seven decades of local manufacturing.
    “Our powertrain calibrators are obviously very expert at rear-wheel-drive applications, so they do a lot of that work for GM,” he said. “It’s why you’ll see a lot of Buicks and Cadillacs on our roads as our guys do lots of calibration work.”

    Numerous reports of various Cadillac models have flooded in since the Holden-owned top secret proving ground located in bushland about 100 kilometres south-east of Melbourne ramped up its contribution to GM’s growing product portfolio.
    The Singapore-based GM International Operations that oversees Holden’s business in Australia had originally planned to sell off the proving ground as part of the planned shutdown of the Australian manufacturing operations, but a change of heart saw that decision reversed.
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    That decision is rumoured to have come directly from GM North America chief Mark Reuss, who served time heading up Holden before taking the top job in one of GM’s most important markets globally.
    Holden announced in October the extra funding would sink into adding another 11 staff to the proving ground, taking the total number of workers at Lang Lang to 106.

    Part of the work is on the development of a localised version of the now French-owned Opel Insignia, a mid-size, front-drive car that will wear both the Holden and Commodore badges when it goes on sale here late this year.
    The team is expected to run up to 7000 tests a year spread across 100 models from GM’s 10 global brands, taking some of the pressure off GM’s already stretched emissions testing teams in the US and Europe.
    Australia’s expansion is a much-needed one for GM as carmakers globally struggle with a growing divide in emissions laws that are splitting drivetrains between those that are suited to meeting North American legal and market requirements, those that comply with generally more strict European emissions targets, and fast-changing Chinese regulations.
    The Lang Lang research and development centre was opened in 1957 as a means for the carmaker to secretly develop and test vehicles suited to Australian conditions.
    The site’s powertrain calibration role dates back to the 1980s and the local development of the Family 2 four-cylinder engine production and export program."

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    Re: Is Lang Lang To Be The Engineering Center For GM Imports?

    RWD work on a Buick?
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    Re: Is Lang Lang To Be The Engineering Center For GM Imports?

    No one wanted to buy it

    thats why the "change of heart"

    They tried for a year to sell it

    I'm wondering if more of the same will happen when they try to sell off the plant

    The engine plant is already getting pieced out because no one wants it

    This manufacturing shutdown is turning into a very expensive exercise
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    Re: Is Lang Lang To Be The Engineering Center For GM Imports?

    Quote Originally Posted by Z284ever View Post
    RWD work on a Buick?
    Sean Poppitt, you beautiful man.

    Holden spokesman Sean Poppitt said this was largely due to Australia’s expertise as a rear-wheel-drive development hub – a role that will ironically start to fade from October when the carmaker pulls the pin on almost seven decades of local manufacturing.

    “Our powertrain calibrators are obviously very expert at rear-wheel-drive applications, so they do a lot of that work for GM,” he said. “It’s why you’ll see a lot of Buicks and Cadillacs on our roads as our guys do lots of calibration work.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfbreh View Post
    Sean Poppitt, you beautiful man.
    LOL. Lang Lang, Sean Poppitt, sound like good people to work in SoHo, maybe the coffee shoppe?
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    Re: Is Lang Lang To Be The Engineering Center For GM Imports?

    I wonder how much the DUMPING of OPEL "saved" lang lang as being OUT of Europe it makes LESS sense to engineer/validate IN Europe

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    Re: Is Lang Lang To Be The Engineering Center For GM Imports?

    Seems odd to test N.A. vehicles on the other side of the planet...

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    Re: Is Lang Lang To Be The Engineering Center For GM Imports?

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    Seems odd to test N.A. vehicles on the other side of the planet...
    Very odd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    Seems odd to test N.A. vehicles on the other side of the planet...
    They also sell Buicks and Cadillacs in China.
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    Re: Is Lang Lang To Be The Engineering Center For GM Imports?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Accardi View Post
    They also sell Buicks and Cadillacs in China.
    Sure, RWD Buicks?
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    Re: Is Lang Lang To Be The Engineering Center For GM Imports?

    Quote Originally Posted by richmond2000 View Post
    I wonder how much the DUMPING of OPEL "saved" lang lang as being OUT of Europe it makes LESS sense to engineer/validate IN Europe
    If GM could find a way to bring the Ring down under, who knows what could happen.

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    Re: Is Lang Lang To Be The Engineering Center For GM Imports?

    Quote Originally Posted by Z284ever View Post
    Sure, RWD Buicks?
    Yes. They had a Zeta based sedan for years, as recently as 2012 IIRC.
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    Re: Is Lang Lang To Be The Engineering Center For GM Imports?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Accardi View Post
    Yes. They had a Zeta based sedan for years, as recently as 2012 IIRC.

    I know, but that's going to be a distant memory by the time Lang Lang is restaffed. I think that's what Sean Poppitt is referring to, rather than any new Buick RWD programs.
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    Re: Is Lang Lang To Be The Engineering Center For GM Imports?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Accardi View Post
    Yes. They had a Zeta based sedan for years, as recently as 2012 IIRC.
    Large long wheelbase cars are still very popular in China, so I could see them doing an Omega Buick.

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    Re: Is Lang Lang To Be The Engineering Center For GM Imports?

    Riviera 4-door coupe? (Avenir)

    Maybe even a next-gen Impala?

    Could this also spawn a new proper rwd Holden that's been recently rumored?

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