The history of Holden dates back to 1856 when it started as a saddlery business in South Australia. Today Holden is one of only seven fully-integrated global General Motors operations that designs, builds and sells vehicles for Australia and the world.
Holden has its headquarters in Port Melbourne, with an engine manufacturing plant on-site and vehicle manufacturing operations in the northern Adelaide suburb of Elizabeth and it is represented by more than 300 dealerships nationwide.
Holden's Vehicle Operations produce 45 variants from two architectures, including HSV, from six vehicle body styles for domestic and export customers. For the Australian market, the facility produces the Commodore range of sedans, Sportwagon and Ute together with Caprice and Caprice V long-wheel base luxury vehicles and the Cruze global small sedan and hatch.
HVO includes a press plant and metal assembly operation, body hardware facility, paint shop, plastics operation, body assembly and vehicle assembly operations. The beginning of local production of the Cruze has also helped grow Holden’s expertise in small vehicle engineering and manufacturing.
Holden's Global V6 Engine plant is located in Port Melbourne, Victoria. It opened in 2003 at a cost of $400 million - GM’s single largest investment in Australia for more than 20 years. The state-of-the-art facility gives Holden considerable flexibility in the range of engines it can produce for local and international customers including: 2.8, 3.0, 3.2 and 3.6 litre variants. Holden exports its V6 engines to China, South Korea, Thailand and Germany.
Holden is a centre of expertise in design and engineering for GM globally. Holden is one of GM’s nine global design centres responsible for international vehicles such as the Chevrolet Camaro, Holden Commodore and Cruze hatch.
Holden has considerable expertise in the development of large, rear-wheel drive vehicles as well as powertrain engineering with expertise in R&D and customer programs in petrol, CNG and LPG applications.