Automotive R&D to Continue at Lang Lang Proving Ground With Vinfast Purchase

LangLangProvingGroundimage108897_cA major heritage facility established during Holdens time in Australia is the Lang Lang proving grounds – south of Melbourne on the way to Phillip Island.

The grounds have a banked track, skid pan, dirt roads and rough terrain for suspension testing.

It was the site at which Australian engineering could be applied and refined.

With General Motors leaving Australia this valuable facility could have been lost forever.

Many hoped that the site might be bought by an overseas company with firms from China being most likely contenders.

A sale has now gone through to VinFast the car manufacturer from Vietnam although the country of origin is not mentioned in the Holden press release.

VinFast intends to employ some of the engineers and development staff from the closed down Holden, Ford and Toyota operations.

Under the agreement, GM Specialty Vehicles will continue to access the Lang Lang site for testing and engineering validation of new products in local conditions.

Im David Brown

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto