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Old 10-28-2008, 02:36 PM   #32
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SAIC launches own-brand project in Nanjing.

October 28, 2008 - SAIC Motor launched its in-house developed engine and A-class car platform programs yesterday at Nanjing high-tech industrial development zone, Nanjing Morning Post said today.

The second phase of Nanjing Pukou facility, SAICís own-brand project, is expected to complete by 2009 with a total investment of 2.566 billion yuan ($375.7 million). The project includes an all-new A-class car platform and NSE series engines for four models. On completion, the Pukou facility will have an annual capacity of up to 200000 vehicles and 250,000 engines.

The A-class car platform will produce hatchback, sedan, small MPV and also a revamped mid-sized model based on MG, as SAICís own-brand models for the global markets. All the new models will be powered by NSE series engines, which are developed by SAIC Motor Technical Center Ranging from 1.3L to 1.6L, the engines generate an output between 65kw and 120kw, with emission standard meeting the Euro IV or even V.

SAIC said it will complete the main production lines in its Nanjing base by 2010 and plans to roll out the first model by February 2010.
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