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General Motors sales have increased 47% in the first half of this year (1-6/06). General Motors and it's joint ventures sold 453 832 cars compared to year ago.

Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. Group (SAIC), China's most profitable auto maker, rose 49.1 percent in the first half to 201,901 units.

Volkswagen and it's joint ventures posted healthy growth of 30.2 percent for the period, as sales rose to 345,375 vehicles.

PSA Peugeot Citroen's Chinese venture said its vehicle sales rose 38 percent in the first half to 100,173 units, again crediting the rise to new models.

Overall vehicle sales have risen 30.84 percent to 2.97 million units in the first five months of the year, with car sales up 44.2 percent to 2.11 million units.
 

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Shanghai GM to build a big test track

Actually it will be China's biggest vehicle proving ground when completed.

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"Shanghai General Motors Co Ltd said it plans to invest 1.6 billion yuan (US$213 million) to build China’s largest and most comprehensive vehicle proving ground in Anhui Province. GM’s flagship manufacturing joint venture in China signed a letter of intent on the project yesterday with the Guangde County government.

The Shanghai GM Guangde Vehicle Proving Ground, which will cover 5.6 square kilometers, will be used to develop new models and carry out test operations for Shanghai GM and GM’s Pan-Asia Technical Automotive Center engineering and design joint venture. The facility will have 60 kilometers of test roads, a high-speed bowl and other tracks. The proving ground will be capable of testing up to 140 vehicles simultaneously under a full range of real-world situations. It is expected to log 20 million kilometers of test drives a year."

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GM to build hybrid cars in China in 2008

Source: Auto News
General Motors will produce a hybrid car in China beginning in 2008. The model will be available for the Beijing Olympics in August, says Martin Murray, manager of Asia-Pacific hybrid engineering for GM Asia Pacific. The launch date and model have not been announced.

Murray would not say what the production volume will be, but demand for hybrids in China is tiny. Hybrids use gasoline or diesel engines along with one or more electric motors to power the wheels.

The Toyota Prius is the only hybrid assembled in China. Assembly from kits began in December 2005. Toyota sold only 2,000 in 2006.

Despite the small sales, GM doesn’t "want to be lagging behind Toyota," says Harry Zhao, China powertrain analyst for CSM Worldwide. "They want to prove to the Chinese customers and government that they have" hybrid technology. CSM forecasts that only 14,000 hybrid powertrains annually will be produced in China by 2013. The biggest barrier to hybrid sales in China is cost, Zhao says. Government incentives that reduce the cost would boost hybrid sales, he adds.

GM China’s hybrid model will carry the automaker’s four-cylinder Ecotec engine, which is already produced in China, Murray says. In the United States, adding hybrid technology to the Ecotec engine adds $2,000 (14,816 yuan) per car, he says. GM sources parts such as the castings and pistons for that engine locally, says Michael Bly, GM engineering director for hybrid vehicle integration and controls. It imports the electric motor, the power inverter module and the battery for the hybrid powertrain. The software that makes the engine, transmission and battery work together is produced by GM, Bly says.

As for worries about intellectual-property theft, he says: "It’s more than just the manufacture of individual components. It’s how you execute it."

Many other automakers in China are planning to launch hybrid models in the next few years. Among them are Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp., which partners with GM in China; Chery Automobile Co.; Ford partner Chongqing Changan Automobile Co.; Volkswagen AG; and Guangzhou Automobile Industry Group.

CSM forecasts that eight hybrid models will be available in China next year. CSM’s Zhao says that by 2013, more than 10 hybrid models will be available in China.
 
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