Chevrolet Spark in China is beeing produced by Wuling.
source: xinhuanet.comDecember 23, 2008 - SAIC-GM-Wuling will launch its New Chevrolet Spark today. The new 1.2L mini-car model comes with the standard, comfort and luxury editions priced from 40,000 yuan ($5,860) to 50,000 yuan.
The New Chevy Spark mini-car made by China's major mini-vehicle maker SAIC-GM-Wuling Auto Co., is equipped with the B-series 1.2 engine produced by this joint venture of General Motors. The low-emission engine based on the global GM engine platform is cost-effective, fuel-efficient but powerful. The P-TEC engine generates 52.2 kW/l, which is the highest in its category.
The joint venture's 2008 Chevy Spark model is driven by the imported 0.8L and 1.0L engines, which have raised the China-made mini Spark's cost. The New Chevy Spark equipped by the locally produced engine is expected to sell at lower prices between 40,000 yuan and 50,00 yuan and to replace the current 1.0L Spark model in the Chinese market.
Some 4S stores said that they have started to receive orders now for the New Chevy Spark mini model, with a deposit of 2,000 yuan. Buyers can pick up the car in one week after placing the order. Sales staff added that the first batch of the new mini cars to arrive at the 4S stores will be mainly the comfort and luxury editions.
SAIC-GM-Wuling manufactures a range of Wuling brand mini-trucks and minivans as well as the Chevrolet Spark mini-car. In early August this year, GM announced that its SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture had begun exporting the Chevrolet N200 minivan from China to Peru.
SAIC-GM-Wuling was established in 2002, with GM China holding a 34% stake in the venture, SAIC 50.1% and Wuling Motors 15.9%. In 2007, the venture sold 548,945 vehicles, topping the sales among China's mini-vehicle producers for the second straight year.
Baojun is a brand from the Wuling joint venture. Partners are: GM, SAIC (Shanghai Auto) and Wuling Automotive. The first car was the Baojun 630. Production started in November 2010 but the car has not been listed yet. The second Baojun will be this yet nameless minicar based on the Chevrolet Spark.
The Spark, itself based on the Daewoo Matiz, is made in China by none other than the Wuling joint venture. How convenient indeed. Both the Chevy Spark and the Baojun ‘Spark’ will roll of exactly the same line and differ next to nothing. The Baojun gets less goodies and will be cheaper. Price will start at 30.000 yuan and end at 50.000 yuan. The Chevy starts at 40.000 yuan and ends at 50.000 yuan as well.
Engines are the same for both cars: a 1.0 with 51kw and 90nm and a 1.2 with 63kw and 108nm.