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Holden’s Lang Lang proving grounds sold to Vietnamese start-up VinFast, GMSV to continue testing on site

General Motors has today announced it has sold Holden’s Lang Lang proving grounds in Victoria to new Vietnamese start up company, after a rich history stretching back to 1958.

New auto maker VinFast will take control of the iconic site for an undisclosed sum, though the newly formed GM Special Vehicles will continue to have access for local testing and engineering purposes.

VinFast also says it will honour Holden’s heritage at the iconic site by allowing access for Holden car clubs and former employee open days.

It says it will also continue ongoing protection of the local bushland and environment and will allow access for community Landcare activities, with a large proportion of Lang Lang being undisturbed land with unique plant and wildlife.

So… who is VinFast, exactly?

It was founded in 2017 by Vietnam’s richest man and first billionaire, Pham Nhat Vuong.

Initially, it will base its vehicles on BMW architecture, but with different designs.

The final ZB Commodore undergoes testing at at Lang Lang.
Camera IconThe final ZB Commodore undergoes testing at at Lang Lang.

It builds vehicles in Vietnam but will conduct research and development in other countries such as Australia.

It already has an R&D centre in Port Melbourne, populated by many former local Holden, Ford and Toyota staff.

GM Holden interim chairman and managing director Kristian Aquilina said the sale meant global automotive research and development would continue at he site.

“The Lang Lang Proving Ground will continue to shape the global automotive industry,” he said.

“Over the past five years, GM has invested in the laboratories and tracks at the site, which will now be well utilised by its new owners.

“This deal hits a sweet spot of a fair sale value, a ready-made facility for VinFast’s needs, ongoing employment for departing Holden employees and the preservation of amenity for the community.

“In some ways, it’s the end of an era. We pay tribute to rich automotive history created at the Proving Ground, and the brilliant Holden people who worked there.”

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