About Holden

Holden at a glance

Company Name

GM Holden Ltd

Head Office

191 Salmon Street
Port Melbourne Victoria 3207
Telephone: 03 9647 1111
Facsimile: 03 9647 2550
GPO Box 1714
Melbourne Vic 3001

About Holden

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 currently employs approximately 3150 people nationally.

Holden Vehicle Operations (HVO) produces 45 models 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. HVO includes a press plant and metal assembly operation, body hardware facility, paint shop, plastics operation, body assembly and vehicle assembly operations.

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 sets a new standard for Australian cars.

The VF Commodore program also marks 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.

Holden's Global V6 Engine plant is located in Port Melbourne, Victoria. It opened in 2003 at a cost of $400 million. 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 South Korea, China and Mexico for a number of GM brands.

Holden is also a centre of expertise in design and engineering 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 for several GM brands Holden is also the centre of expertise for large, rear-wheel drive vehicles in the GM family as well as a major powertrain engineering centre with expertise in R&D and customer programs in V6 and V8 gasoline, CNG and LPG applications.

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 significantly 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 leverage GM's global portfolio to provide the best cars for the Australian market the company is committed to selling Holdens in this country for many years to come.

Holden currently offers more cars in more segments than ever before, from the Barina small car range with class-leading infotainment, through to the game-changing Volt electric car and the world-class VF Commodore range.

Holden is committed to providing the best cars for Australia; to view a full list of Holden's world class vehicle range click here.

Main Business

Manufacture and distribution of motor vehicles, engines, components and parts.

Parent Company

General Motors Company, Detroit, Michigan, USA.


Head Office and Design & Engineering Centre
Design; engineering; national sales and marketing; customer satisfaction and quality; finance; human resources; product, business and strategic planning; purchasing and logistics; corporate affairs; legal; information systems and services; vehicle line executive group.
Location: Port Melbourne, Victoria.

Holden Vehicle Manufacturing Operations

Plastics, body tool design, stamping, sheet metal and body fabrication, paint and vehicle assembly.
Location: Elizabeth, South Australia.

Holden Engine Manufacturing Operations

Manufacture and assembly operation of six-cylinder engines and component manufacturing facilities.
Location: Port Melbourne, Victoria.

Holden National Distribution Centre

Distribution and marketing of Holden service parts and accessories for the Holden Dealer Network and international customers.
Location: Dandenong, Victoria.

Automotive Proving Ground

Vehicle development, durability testing, safety test centre and exhaust emission facility.
Location: Lang Lang, Victoria.

Holden Innovation

Identifies future consumer needs and develops products, technologies and skills for Holden to compete in global markets. Its activities encompass initiatives such as safety, in-car IT systems and alternative propulsion systems.
Location: Port Melbourne, Victoria.

State Sales Offices

Provide a direct interface between Holden and its Dealer Network, giving support in the areas of fleet sales, service and parts.
Locations: Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia.

Latest product range


Global V6.


Holden has built more than seven million vehicles and more than 10 million engines for local and overseas sale. More than 780,000 Holden Vehicles have been sent around the world in five decades and more than four million export engines in 27 years, representing Australia's largest automotive export program.

Engineering Services

Specialist Holden engineering services support GM product programs in the Asia Pacific region and in Europe.


Mark Bernhard
Chairman & Managing Director

Dealer Network

The nationwide Holden Dealer Network consists of over 200 authorised stores and 12 authorised service centres. Holden Dealerships represent and promote Holden products and services and employ more than 13,500 people throughout Australia.

Associated Companies
  • Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) creates niche premium performance luxury cars sourced from Holden.