2015 Holden Commodore VFII *embargo 10.45am Sunday 13 Sept 2015*
2015 Holden Commodore VFII *embargo 10.45am Sunday 13 Sept 2015*

Holden announces 100 jobs to stay in Australia

HOLDEN has announced it will keep more than 100 design and development jobs in Australia after manufacturing moves overseas in 2017.

Managing director Mark Bernhard said an 18-person crew would also be established in the country as part of General Motors' design team.

The announcement means more than 300 Holden staff will still be working in Australia after the 2017 manufacturing shutdown.

This came as Holden yesterday revealed the final Australian manufactured Commodore, the VFII, 37 years after the original 1978 VB sedan was launched.

The model is the fastest, most powerful and most advanced Commodore, with a 304kW 6.2-litre LS3 V8, plus styling changes and revised specification over the current model.

It was launched at the brand's headquarters in Port Melbourne against a backdrop of Commodores from every series since 1978, concept models and race cars.

The new VFII will be the last Commodore manufactured in Australia before the factory closes in late 2017.

The Commodore name will live on beyond this on an as-yet unknown imported model from General Motors.