VinFast buys testing ground in Australia hinh anh 1At Lang Lang proving ground (Photo: VNA)

Sydney (VNA)
- Vietnam’s first automaker, VinFast, inked an agreement on September 9 to purchase the Lang Lang proving ground in the Australian state of Victoria; the latest move in its development strategy to become a global brand.

GM Holden’s Lang Lang proving ground is among the oldest yet most modern in the world.

The 877-ha site boasts 44 km of sealed and unsealed test roads, skidpans, and 4.7 km of recently-improved, high-speed banked oval track. It is surrounded by 18 km of fencing, to ensure confidentiality.

One of the symbols of the Australian auto industry, the ground has been used to test every new Holden vehicle since 1958. GM Holden announced the closure of its Australian production this year.

GM Holden Interim Chairman and Managing Director Kristian Aquilina said that, under the deal, the Lang Lang proving ground will continue to shape the global automotive industry.

A number of VinFast employees are former Holden people. In a win for the environmental sensitivity of the site, VinFast has apparently committed to protecting its flora and fauna.

The brand cut the ribbon on its second Automotive Technology Institute in Melbourne earlier this year./.