Australian Trade Minister Helps Introduce
Holden Flagship Cars To South Korea

Australian Federal Trade Minister Mark Vaile
at the Korean introduction of the Daewoo Statesman

2nd June, 2005

The Federal Trade Minister, the Hon. Mark Vaile, helped General Motors introduce the Holden designed and manufactured GM Daewoo Statesman prestige car to South Korea.

The Australian Embassy has been confirmed as GM Daewoo’s first customer, taking official delivery of the first three Statesman in Seoul on Tuesday (31st May 2005).

The Daewoo Statesman is based upon Holden’s long wheelbase Statesman and Caprice and represents the first in a series of car exchanges between GM operations in the two countries. Holden will import a range of vehicles from South Korea to be sold as Holdens from later this year. Regular readers will recall that the Next Car team indicated, last year, that we can expect Daewoo models, wearing Holden badges, to be sold in Australia.

Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Denny Mooney, said two-way exchange between Australia and South Korea helped both markets provide a full range of choice to car buyers.

“We are delighted to deliver the first GM Daewoo cars to South Korea and look forward to introducing the first Korean-sourced four-cylinder cars in our market in the next few months,” Mr Mooney said.

Minister Vaile said today: “Korea is one of the largest vehicle manufacturers in the world and the fact that GM Daewoo has chosen the Statesman as its flagship luxury car is a testament to the quality of Australia's automobile industry.

"Korea has been an important customer of Australian auto components, with exports worth well over A$300 million annually. The sale of whole vehicles is a significant step in expanding Australia's presence both in this market and in Asia more generally.

"The Australian automotive industry employs approximately 55,000 people and accounts for six per cent of total manufacturing activity. Its future will depend largely on its ability to export. The Statesman’s success in gaining access to the Korean market is good news for the industry’s future."

The Daewoo Statesman programme was announced by Holden in March 2004. It joined the Middle East as a major export destination for the prestige vehicles and was subsequently joined by plans for a similar export programme to China.

The vehicles destined for Korea are built in Elizabeth, South Australia, and shipped with 2.8-litre or 3.6-litre Global V6 engines built at Holden's Port Melbourne facility. They are based on the WL Holden Statesman exterior, with GM Daewoo design cues developed by Holden Design on advice from GM Daewoo. The cars are offered with specifications and interiors comparable to WL Holden Caprice.

Read our previous Statesman news:

Holden Statesman International (WL series)
30th May, 2005
Australia’s renowned luxury car will have a sportier edge when Holden releases the 2005 Statesman International this week ..... more

The Statesman Goes To South Korea
18th April, 2005
GM Daewoo has introduced its new flagship model and first large car, the Daewoo Statesman ..... more

The new Holdens
9th August, 2004
It started out as the VT series back in 1997 and now it matures into the VZ/WL series. There are new and revised engines, competitive pricing and much more as Holden reveals its latest models ...... more

Daewoo Statesman for South Korea
16th March, 2004
Holden will export it's next Statesman & Caprice (the WL series) to South Korea for 2005 sales ..... more

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