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, Victoria, with an engine manufacturing plant on-site and vehicle manufacturing operations in Adelaide, South Australia, and is represented by more than 230 dealerships nationally.
Holden Vehicle Operations (HVO) produce 44 models [MF1] from six vehicle body styles and two core vehicle ‘architectures’ for domestic and export customers.
For the Australian market, the facility produces the Commodore range of sedans, Sportwagon and Ute together with the Caprice long-wheel base luxury vehicles.
In 2011, Holden’s Adelaide plant began production of the Cruze, a, small, fuel-efficient global vehicle, which has also helped grow Holden’s expertise in small vehicle engineering and manufacturing.
In 2013, Holden began production of the VF Commodore – the most advanced car ever built in Australia. Incorporating lightweight technology such as aluminium construction and a raft of cutting-edge driver safety and infotainment systems, the VF Commodore set a new standard for Australian cars.
The VF Commodore program also marked the return of Holden’s retail export campaign to America. Based on the new VF Commodore and manufactured at Holden’s plant in Elizabeth, South Australia, the SS is Chevrolet’s first V8, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan since 1996.
In September 2015 production of Commodore VFII began. Boasting a new 6.2-litre LS3 V8 engine and a range of sound enhancement features, VFII is the most powerful and engaging Commodore ever built.
Holden's Global V6 Engine plant is located in Port Melbourne, Victoria. Opened in 2003, 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 and 3.6 litre variants. Holden exports its V6 engines to Europe, South Korea, China and Mexico for a number of GM brands.
Holden is also a world renowned centre of expertise in design for GM globally. Holden is one of GM’s nine global design centres, responsible for vehicles such as the Holden Commodore and Chevrolet Camaro, as well as a string of global concept cars.
Holden’s GM Australia design centre is one of only two GM design facilities that has the ability to be able to design and build concept cars from paper to fabrication. The most recent concept car to be developed by the GM Australia design team is the 2015 North American Concept Car of the Year, Buick Avenir. Previous successes include Hurricane, Torana GTR-X, Coupe 60, EFIJY in addition to a range of concept cars for global markets.
In December 2013, Holden announced it would transition to a national sales company and full-line importer in Australia and New Zealand by the end of 2017. Holden will discontinue vehicle and engine manufacturing and reduce its engineering operations in Australia by the end of 2017.
Holden will continue to have a significant presence in Australia beyond 2017, comprising a national sales company, a national parts distribution centre and a global design studio. Holden will also retain it’s Lang Lang based proving ground and a 100 strong engineering group to ensure vehicles will perform well on Australian roads.
In 2015 Holden introduced an exciting range of European sourced vehicles to Australia in addition to announcing the arrival of all-new Spark and five-door Astra in 2016. Holden is committed to leveraging GM’s global portfolio to continue to provide the best cars for the Australian market.
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