Hummer will enter the Australian market with its midsize H3 SUV next year.

The announcement was made by GM Holden executive director sales, marketing and aftersales, Alan Batey, at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney.

The first H3s will begin arriving in Australia in mid-2007. Those vehicles will be built at GM's Port Elizabeth facility in South Africa.

Earlier this month that plant began assembling the H3 for sale in South Africa and certain export markets. Both left-hand and right-hand drive models will be manufactured there.

Initially, the H3 will be available in Australia with a 3.7-litre inline five-cylinder petrol engine, producing peak power of 180kW @ 5600rpm and peak torque of 328Nm @ 4,600rpm. A diesel version could also be offered at a later date.

Pricing and distribution details have yet to be finalised.

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