Exports - Overview
In calendar year 2008, over 4500 units of the Holden Commodore, Statesman/Caprice, and Ute left the Port of Adelaide for international markets every month.
In 1970, seven international plants were assembling Holden vehicles from Australian- manufactured components and Holden export revenue totalled $42 million.
The popular HQ Holden was launched in 1971 and over a three-year period became the most-exported Holden model. 14,558 HQs were exported fully built and 72,290 left the country in CKD packs.
Holden's peak export year in this era was 1973, when 41,181 vehicles were shipped worldwide.
In 2008, left-and right-hand drive variants of the Commodore, Statesman, Caprice and Ute are exported to every continent except Antarctica.
Holden's largest vehicle export market in 2008 was the USA, where the Pontiac G8, GT and GXP sedans, based on Commodore were Pontiac's flagship models.
Our largest vehicle export market is the Middle East, where Chevrolet Lumina (Commodore) sedans and long wheelbase V8-powered Chevrolet Caprice sedans (based on Statesman/Caprice) are among the region's top selling GM models.
The WM Chevrolet Caprice won BEST LUXURY CAR at the Middle East 'Car of the year' awards in 2006.
Commodore has been exported to the USA, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq, South Africa, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Fiji, Brunei and Brazil.
The Caprice and Statesman are exported to the Middle East regions, South Korea and New Zealand.
The Holden Ute is exported to South Africa and New Zealand.
In 2004, Holden Special Vehicles, in conjunction with Holden, commenced its first export vehicle program to the United Kingdom (HSV Coupe), and the full HSV range is exported to New Zealand.
HSV are also involved in the design and production of the Vauxhall VXR8 (UK) high performance models.
In 2004, a year that marked the 50th anniversary of Holden's first vehicle export program, a then record single-year total of 52,372 vehicles were exported. In addition, Holden's engineering expertise generated millions of dollars in export revenue via specialist engineering services provided to support GM programs in the Asia Pacific region and in Europe.
2005 and Holden vehicle exports tallied 60,518 units, the best ever Export sales result.
By the end of 2008, total exports of fully assembled (SUP) vehicles will have exceeded half a million units and 317,000 CKD.