Labor congratulates GM Holden’s Port Melbourne Design Studio, whose Buick Avenir concept car was this week awarded the EyesOnDesign Award for Design Excellence, Best Concept Vehicle, at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.


The Holden team was responsible for design and construction of the Avenir and of the Chevrolet Bolt electric car, another concept vehicle that also attracted much acclaim from motoring writers covering the show.


Shadow Minister for Innovation and Industry Kim Carr said that the Buick’s win demonstrated the high level of design and engineering skills to be found in Australia’s auto manufacturing industry.

“I look forward to seeing the Avenir and the Bolt go into production for General Motors and appear in the world’s showrooms,” Senator Carr said.


Senator Carr said that Australian talent had also been evident in another vehicle on display at the show, Ford’s GT Supercar, which was designed in the US by Todd Willing, a Tasmanian who has returned to Australia to head Ford’s Asia-Pacific design studio in Broadmeadows.


 “The interest created by these vehicles at an international event of this kind is a reminder of why Australia must retain its design and engineering capabilities,” he said.


“While this crucial concentration of skills remains, there is hope that the announced departure of the motor vehicle producers will not be the end of auto manufacturing in this country.


“We must ensure that capabilities such as those on display this week are retained.”

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