The new export program will see a version of HSV's popular E Series ClubSport R8 model exported in LHD form and badged under the Chevrolet Special Vehicles logo.

Rebranded HSV

Holden and HSV (Holden Special Vehicles) are no strangers to the Middle East, ever since 1998 Holden has been exporting their cars to the region only rebranded as Chevrolet. In 2006, 75% of Holden exports reached the Middle East, making the region Holden's strongest export market.

This weekend, at the Desert 400 V8 Supercar round in Bahrain, Holden and HSV will present their latest addition to the CSV (Chevrolet Special Vehicles) range, namely the LHD Chevrolet CR8 which is based on the popular HSV E Series ClubSport R8. The CR8 is powered by the LS2 6.0-litre engine Generation IV V8 engine producing 307 kW (412 hp) with 550 Nm of torque.

Alan Batey, GM Holden Executive Director – Sales and Marketing: “Local buyers appreciate the luxury brands but also seek great performance and handling from their vehicles.” Scott Grant, Managing Director of HSV, said “The initial response from dealers has been exceptional with the CR8 being praised for its aggressive stance, excellent acceleration and handling.”

Chevrolet CR8 Announced for Middle East