Holden-Our-Site

History of the site

55 years of cars in the making.

1958

Work begins constructing buildings and facilities.

1959

First parts made.

1962

First unpainted bodies produced.

1963

Royal visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in February. Painted, fully trimmed and sealed bodies shipped to final assembly plants.

1965

First complete vehicles manufactured including the HD Holden; and in 1968 first Monaro and HB Torana Series II launches.

1971

HQ Holden launches including first Statesman; Caprice starts in 1974.

1980

First Commodores (VC) built at Elizabeth after $6.7 million investment.

1985

VK Commodore and RB Gemini launched.

1988

Elizabeth becomes Holden’s sole vehicle operations in Australia and the VN Commodore is introduced.

1990

5 millionth Holden (VN Calais) made.

2002

$500m upgrade across entire site.

2003-4

Third shift introduced, daily volume reaches 780, annual volume peaks at 165, 252.

2008

Seven millionth Holden produced (VE Commodore Duel Fuel); time capsule buried at  Elizabeth for 50th anniversary.

2011-13

Cruze and US Police cars launched in 2011; Chevrolet SS launched in 2013.

2017

HVO ranked No.1 among all GM plants globally for First Time Quality/Direct Run Rate for three consecutive months. Last vehicle manufactured (VFII Commodore SSV Redline sedan).