Holden's Loss Is Ford's Gain

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
holden s loss is ford s gain

With Holden set to lay off hundreds of engineers as it shuts the doors of its Australian factories, Ford is looking to grow its ranks. The Blue Oval is set to hire 150 ex-Holden engineers to help develop cars for the Chinese market.

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that Ford will grow its vehicle development headcount from 1050 to 1200 employees. By contrast, Holden will retain roughly 10 times fewer engineers when they end Australian production in 2017.

While Ford is also closing its Australian plants in 2016, Australian will serve as a regional hub for vehicle development. Holden’s engineers have experience working with small cars built in Korea by GM Daewoo, as well as premium large cars like the Falcon and Territory. The broad range of experience will serve Ford well, as it looks to adapt everything from compacts like the China-only Ford Escort to an all-new range of Lincoln products.

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  • Volt 230 Volt 230 on Dec 08, 2014

    The further collapse of the West and rise of the East continues, folks.

  • RobertRyan RobertRyan on Dec 08, 2014

    Not just the Chinese market, they are working on NA products as well as vehicles for other Asian markets

  • Big Al from Oz Big Al from Oz on Dec 09, 2014

    Here a link of the review of the Ford Falcon in the picture. I like the XR8 with the 5 litre Boss engine as standard. The write seems quite positive. It's a pity the US doesn't just move the factory over to the US and make some of these nice family cars. Have a read; http://www.carshowroom.com.au/newcars/reviews/5061/2014_Ford_Falcon_FG_X_Review_and_First_Drive?ref=ZBP_NP_FOOTER_CAR_Ford-Falcon_281114

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    • RobertRyan RobertRyan on Dec 09, 2014

      @Eyeflyistheeye What a preposterous post. Australian sedans are what have kept Holden and ford afloat here. What is killing them is that imported models DO NOT SELL We have had crud and I mean crud that has been brought here from the US and other places. The Taurus and Explorer have a left a mark in Australia, that the companies would like the public to forget