CANBERRA – Holden Ltd. plans to increase the amount of automation on its Melbourne assembly line to 50% from 15% by 2005. The upgrade is part of the GM subsidiary's A$400 million ($296 million) spending to increase the plant's capacity to 200,000 units per year by 2008. The facility now builds 780 vehicles daily, producing 35 models from 13 variants off a single platform.

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