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GM first to sell a million cars in China in one year

General Motors Achieves New Milestone in China. First Global Automaker to Sell 1 Million Vehicles in Single Year.

General Motors became the first global automaker to sell 1 million vehicles in China in a single year today when GM China Group President and Managing Director Kevin Wale handed the keys to a Buick Park Avenue to Mr. Zhang Jianping at Shanghai GM's corporate showroom in Shanghai.

"Becoming the first global manufacturer to sell 1 million vehicles in China is a demonstration of the strength of our product, our people and our partnerships," said GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner. "China is a very important market, and we're extremely proud of the contribution we have been able to make to the growth and development of its automotive industry. It's been an extremely beneficial relationship for both sides."

GM sales in China first surpassed 100,000 units annually back in 2002. Since then, GM sales have enjoyed steady growth, topping 500,000 annual sales in 2005, thanks to its growing lineup of brands and vehicles. The milestone million mark featured GM's best-known and strongest brand in China, Buick.

"I'm extremely honored to be the one millionth customer in 2007 for General Motors," Mr. Zhang said. "This is my second Buick and I appreciate the performance, safety and durability of Buick. In addition, I was very satisfied with the fuel economy of my first car. After comparing other products in the premium segment for my next car, it made perfect sense to choose the Park Avenue."

"From day one, GM and our partners have been committed to continually rolling out new and upgraded models, with specific engineering done in China for China to satisfy the needs of Chinese vehicle buyers across the country," Wagoner added.

This year, GM and its joint venture partners have begun offering several new products, including the Cadillac SLS luxury business sedan, Buick Park Avenue premium sedan, Chevrolet Captiva SUV, all-new Chevrolet Epica intermediate sedan and Wuling Hong Tu minivan.

According to Wagoner, reaching the new sales mark in 2007 is especially significant as it is taking place in a year in which GM has celebrated several milestones in China. Both Shanghai GM, the automaker's flagship manufacturing joint venture, and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), GM's engineering and design joint venture with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC), marked their 10th anniversaries earlier this year. SAIC-GM-Wuling, GM's mini-vehicle joint venture, also celebrated its fifth anniversary.
source: Autoblog, Dec 22nd 2007
 

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Shanghai GM sales top 500,000 units in 2007.

January 3, 2008 – Shanghai GM becomes the first passenger vehicle company to sell over 500,000 vehicles a year, leading car sales in Chinese market for three consecutive years.

Chevrolet vehicles, the fastest growing brand of Shanghai GM, sold 160,500 units, which represents an increase of 56.4 percent from one year earlier. The Buick brand sold 332,000 vehicles, an increase of 27,800 units from a year earlier.

Shanghai GM's best selling model, Buick Excelle sold 16,000 vehicles a month on average. Shanghai GM's premium sedan Park Avenue and Buick LaCrosse together sold 77,000 units in 2007.

Also, Shanghai GM sold 7,040 units Cadillac in 2007, of which Cadillac SLS accounted for 62 percent of the total. The late-comer Saab also saw sales of 618 units, up 87 percent year on year.

It is worth noting that the Shanghai GM, a 50:50 joint venture company between SAIC Motor Corp and GM, sold 429,329 vehicles in the first eleven months, but it sold more than 70,000 units for December alone, a remarkable achievement for any automaker in China.
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General Motors sold 1.03 million vehicles in Chinese market.

January 10, 2008 – General Motors has sold 1,031,974 vehicles in Chinese market in 2007, up 18.5 percent from one year earlier, the company announced today.

Shanghai GM sold 479,427 vehicles in domestic market (not including exports), up 16.9 percent from one year earlier. Buick, Shanghai GM’s best selling brand, sold 332,115 vehicles, of which the most popular Excelle sold an impressive amount of 197,072 vehicles. Shanghai GM also sold 42,000 GL8 MPV vehicles.

In luxury car segment market, Shanghai GM sold 77,000 Park Avenue and Lacrosse vehicles, 7,040 Cadillac and 618 Saab vehicles.

In minivan segment, SAI-GM-Wuling, a joint venture in which General Motors holds a 34 percent stake, sold 548,945 vehicles, up 20.1 percent from one year earlier. The best selling model, Wuling Sunshine sold a surprising amount of 367,744 vehicles, the best selling model in Chinese market.
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Buick Enclave is coming to China.

GM's hot-selling Buick Enclave luxury crossover SUV will be imported to Chinese market this October, auto website cheshi.com reported.

The arrival of Enclave, Buick's first luxury crossover to be sold in China, will complete Buick's product lineup in Chinese market. Currently Buick’s portfolio in Chinese market includes the Park Avenue, LaCrosse, Regal and Excelle sedans, GL8 executive wagons. The crossover SUV model will be equipped with a 3.6L V6 engine and a 6-speed transmission.

GM has signed the deal to bring the Buick Enclave to China via its Shanghai partner, SAIC. SAIC group plans to deliver 5,000 Enclaves per year, and these vehicles will be sold through 400 Buick dealerships across China.

Buick is one of the most well-known automobile brands in China. Last year, Buick sold more than 332,117 units in China, a 9 percent increase over 2006.





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G.M. brings 4 Cadillac CTS models to China, priced $52,000-$77,000.

March 19, 2008 - Shanghai General Motors will introduce four Cadillac CTS models to Chinese market via importation in efforts to gain a bigger share in China's booming luxury car market, the company announced yesterday.

Priced between RMB370,000 ($52,000) and RMB 550,000 ($77,640), the 2008 Cadillac CTS will come to China in four editions, including two 2.8L and two 3.6L models.

"China’s luxury vehicle market has experienced an annual growth of more than 50 percent since 2005, much faster than the industry average," Ding Lei, General Manager of Shanghai GM told Shanghai Securities News.

In 2007 Cadillac sales rose around 30 percent globally, while the growth in China is 150 percent from the previous year, making China the fastest growing market across the world.

Earlier this year GM unveiled the 2008 Cadillac CTS at the Detroit Auto Show. For the first time, the 2008 CTS will be available in both rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations. Additionally, the transmission lineup now consists only of six-speed units – an Aisin six-speed manual or – new for CTS – a Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic.

The 3.6L High Feature (HF) V6 will feature direction injection and is good for over 300 HP on regular gasoline. It'll be backed by GM's new 6-speed automatic.

The 2.8L VVT engine will be available only on rear-drive export models of the CTS. The all-aluminum, 60-degree DOHC, four-valve-per-cylinder engine develops 210 horsepower (156 kW) at 6500 rpm and 194 lb.-ft. (263 Nm) of torque at 3200 rpm.
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Cadillac sales surge 149% in Chinese market.

March 21, 2008 –Cadillac sales in China rose 149 percent to 4,028 vehicles in 2007, making China one of the fastest growing markets for this world class luxurious car.

"China is likely to become Cadillac’s second largest market worldwide after the United States this year,” said Ding Lei, general manager of Shanghai General Motors, adding that Canada is Cadillac’s another fastest growing market.

Cadillac’s global sales manager John F. Howell said the Chinese market has an enormous potential for Cadillac vehicles. He also revealed that Cadillac sold 190,000 vehicles in North American market last year and 25,000-30,000 vehicles in markets outside North America.

Shanghai General Motors announced last week to introduce four Cadillac CTS models to Chinese market via importation in efforts to gain a bigger share in China's booming luxury car market.

Priced between RMB370,000 ($52,000) and RMB 550,000 ($77,640), the 2008 Cadillac CTS will come to China in four editions, including two 2.8L and two 3.6L models.

"China’s luxury vehicle market has experienced an annual growth of more than 50 percent since 2005, much faster than the industry average," Ding Lei, General Manager of Shanghai GM told Shanghai Securities News.
http://www.gasgoo.com/auto-news/5959/Cadillac-sales-surge-149-in-Chinese-market.html
 

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GM brings 42 models to 2008 Beijing Auto Show.

April 3, 2008 - As the 2008 Beijing international auto show is approaching, global automakers will be gathering in Beijing in April. As one of the auto industry giant, General Motors (GM) will display 42 vehicle models, including 6 concept models along with its China joint ventures,at this year's Beijing auto show.

On the evening of April 19, GM will first launch its Buick Invicta in Beijing. This will be the second time for GM to choose China as the location to open its first ceremony for concept cars globally, following Buick Riviera launch in last year's Shanghai auto show.

The luxury sports sedan Cadillac, which was just launched in China, blends "art and technology" as the visionary design idea and has become one of the fashionable cars in NorthAmerica. Camaro, acting Bumblebee in the movie "Transformers," will also come close to GM's consumers in China.

At this auto show, GM will also present its advanced eco-friendly technology in the power propulsion system through the three stars of the E-Flex electrification platform family --- Cadillac Provoq, Opel Flextreme and Chevrolet Volt.

Meanwhile, the 3.6 liter SIDI (spark ignition direct injection) engine, one of the world's top ten engines, will also showcase GM's advanced technology in the existing internal combustion engine segment.

In addition, Shanghai General Motors Co.,Ltd and SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile Co., Ltd, (SGMW), GM's joint ventures in China, will also bring Buick LaCROSSE Eco-hybrid, Saab 9-3 series and two "black turbine wheel" commemorative models -- Saab Turbo X and Saab 900 as well as the self-developed models of the Wuling brand, among others. Another imported brand Opel will have an all-new model at this auto show.

At this Beijing auto show General Motors will present its global lead in futuristic design, power technology, and environmental protection. It will continue to apply these latest ideas, technology and design to its Chinese-made products, manufacturing and customer services. Thus GM can better fulfill its long-term China strategy of "in China, with China, for China."
source: http://www.gasgoo.com/auto-news/6053/GM-brings-42-models-to-2008-Beijing-Auto-Show.html
 

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Shanghai GM launches new models to boost sales.

April 9, 2008 - In a month before the 2008 Beijing auto show in later April, Shanghai GM will have launched several all-new models like the Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Aveo, and Buick Excelle. By unveiling more new models to the public, the carmaker aims to sell 250,000 vehicles in the first half of 2008 to defend the title of China's auto sales champion.

Although only a limited number of new models have been launched by Shanghai GM up to now this year, the company will integrate the production of its famous brands. As a great contributor to Shanghai GM's sales volume, Buick Excelle is seen as a decisive factor behind the company's achievement in the whole year of 2008.

The new Excelle equipped with a retuned chassis will have better maneuverability and more configurations. It will use the engine and gear box of the old Excelle model. The Excelle model can sell 200,000 units a year, but it remains to be seen whether it is able to repel the challenge of the VW Sagitar and Lavida vehicles.

In addition to the few new models mentioned above, Shanghai GM is set to launch several other models later this year for the auto market in 2009. The company has already started to integrate the Opel production platform. And in early 2009 the remodeled Opel Insignia will also be locally built for the Chinese market and will be carrying the Buick brand.

The Buick Enclave, a seven-passenger crossover SUV popular in the U.S., will also be made in China later this year, to be the second Buick SUV after Chevrolet available in the Chinese market. Opel Corsa and Opel Zafira will be introduced to China for local production in 2009, likely to carry the Chevrolet brand.

If Shanghai GM can reach its sales target in the first half of this year, its all-out effort to launch new models will pay off and help it capture a larger market share in 2009.
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Shanghai GM to launch new Chevrolet Sail in two years.

April 29, 2008 - The new Chevrolet Sail model will be launched within two years, said Ling Hai, vice sales manager of Shanghai GM Chevrolet marketing department, at the 2008 Beijing auto show. He also showed a strong affection for Chevrolet top sedan Camaro.

In 2001, Buick Sail went on sale and was then called a “100,000-yuan family car” in China. In 2005, the Sail brand was replaced by Chevrolet and new models were launched. At the beginning of 2008, Sail’s production came to a halt.

Ling Hai said the new Chevrolet Sail model is now at the R&D stage, but two more years is needed for its delivery to the market. The R&D institutes of Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) and General Motors will both cooperate on the new Sail model.

Chevrolet concept car Camaro, playing the role of bumblebee in "Transformers," has been on display for many times in China. According to the GM project plan, Camaro may be mass-produced in 2008.

"This model will represent a good brand promotion if introduced to the China market by mass-production version. Its individual design different from the usual passenger car will appeal to large consumers in our country,” said Ling Hai with strong interest.

It is known that Camaro’s production version will use the global Zeta platform of GM. Camaro will be possibly locally produced thanks to this platform which also has produced Buick Park Avenue in China. But according to Ling Hai, whether to be made locally depends on the final quantity, and the first batch of Camaro cars for the Chinese market should be imported.
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Over 400,000 Chevrolet cars sold in 40 months in China.

May 14, 2008 - In the past 40 months since it moved into China, the Chevrolet brand of Shanghai GM has sold 413,274 units. It has achieved the remarkable glory of selling 10,000 units on average each month, as a top brand to be deep-rooted in the Chinese market.

The Chevrolet brand was launched into the Chinese market on January 18, 2005 and sold nearly 80,000 units that year, more than 100,000 units in 2006, and 160,000 units in 2007, an increase of 52% year on year. The sales growth of the increasingly popular Chevrolet brand has been gaining momentum each month.

As an important growth model of the Chevrolet brand, the "premium family sedan" Chevrolet Lova got off to a good start in the first month of 2008 by selling 11,299 units and creating a monthly sales record of Chinese joint venture sedan models. In 2007, the Chevrolet Lova and Chevrolet Aveo cars sold a total of 98,486 units, up 83% over 2006 (y/y), and the two models also sold 47,075 units in the first four months of 2008, increasing more than 80% year on year, highly above the average sales growth in the sedan segment.

The all-new Chevrolet Aveo is a premium sedan that was launch at the end of March 2008. Its 1.2-liter S-TEC II engine, which is new to the Aveo family, generates the highest power (53.1 kW/l) and yet has the lowest fuel consumption (4.7 liters of fuel per 100 km at a constant speed of 90 km/h) of any vehicle in its class. The engine fully complies with China's new National IV emission standard and is designed to operate at a higher compression ratio, producing greater power than many similar-size engines.

The Chevrolet Epica, a new-generation mid-class sedan of the Chevrolet brand, also exceeded its sales goal in 2007 by selling 41,702 units in the year, up 66% over 2006. From January to April, the upgraded Chevrolet Epica sold a total of 17,501 units, up 58.3% year on year, further strengthening this Chevrolet car's leading position in the mid-class vehicle market.
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Chevy sales top 500,000 in China, GM says.

May 23, 2008 - General Motors Corp. announced recently that sales in April pushed the Chevrolet brand past 500,000 units in China since the brands introduction in 2000.

Collective sales of Chevrolet vehicles through the end of April totaled 519,110 units.

More than 400,000 of the vehicles sold came from Shanghai GM, a 50-50 joint venture between GM and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. Group.

"Chevrolet, GM’s most popular global vehicle brand, is one of our mainstream brands in China alongside Buick," said Kevin Wale, President and Managing Director of the GM China Group. “Chevrolet’s portfolio in the small to intermediate segments has grown in line with rising demand among consumers.”

The current Chevrolet lineup in China includes the Lova small car, Aveo small car, Epica intermediate sedan, Spark mini-car and Captiva compact utility vehicle. In China, Chevrolet targets Chinese young professionals who want a vehicle mainly for personal use.

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GM's China CV venture exports minivans to Peru.

July 17, 2008 - General Motors Corp.'s (GM) China commercial vehicle joint venture has begun exporting its Chevrolet N200 minivans to Peru, GM ( China) Investment Co. said in a statement on Thursday.

The statement didn't specify when the first batch of exports were made or the volume of exports.

This marks the first time that GM is exporting its China-made mini-commercial vehicles to Latin America, the statement said.

Chevrolet N200 minivans are made and sold in China by SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile Co., a commercial vehicle joint venture between GM, SAIC Motor Corp., and Wuling Automobile Co., a company based in China's southern Guangxi province.

Last year, Shanghai General Motors Corp., a 50-50 passenger car JV with SAIC, exported its Chevrolet Sail line of small cars to Chile.

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Buick prepping new small sedans for U.S. and Chinese markets.

General Motors’ sales in North America may have tanked but the carmaker’s performance in other regions, especially emerging markets such as Eastern Europe, South America, India and China, is booming. Of all the new markets, the one with the most potential is proving to be China. It’s now the single biggest market for Buick and local design teams are now responsible for a range of new models that will even be sold in the U.S.

Confirmed for production will be a new midsized sedan based on the recently revealed Invicta Concept (pictured). Expected to replace the current LaCrosse, the FWD sedan will be sold in both the U.S. and China concurrently. You can see spy shots of the car in our previous story by clicking here.

A second, smaller sedan is in also contention. Due for the 2012 model year in China, GM is considering bringing the car to North America as well, reports Automotive News. The car will be based on the FWD Delta platform and could potentially be produced in both countries.

The range-topping Buick Lucerne was scheduled to be redesigned for the 2011 model year, but due to several issues with the car’s economy and efficiency it will have to make do with minimal updates until it’s dropped from GM’s lineup – likely to be when it fails to comply with Federal fuel economy regulations.

Another model that has been scrapped is the production version of the stunning Riviera concept. The decision to cease development was made due to financial limitations. The Buick Enclave, meanwhile, will soldier on unchanged for several years at least and is expected to pick up a two-mode hybrid drive option around 2011 along with the rest of the Lambda range of vehicles.
http://www.motorauthority.com/cars/...-new-small-sedans-for-us-and-chinese-markets/
 

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GM to produce Volt in China in 2011

October 17, 2008 - General Motors (GM) will introduce its EREV (extended range electric vehicle) Chevrolet Volt to China for production by 2011 to meet the Chinese market demand, Nanfang Daily reported, citing Bob Lutz, GM vice chairman of product development.

Bob Lutz said, Chinese elements were well considered in the design of Chevrolet Volt, which indicates the electric automobile has entered a new stage. And China will be a big market for electric vehicles.

It is reported that Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in series hybrid vehicle by GM, is expected to begin production in 2010.

The vehicle is designed to run purely on electricity from on-board batteries for up to 64km. With the use of a small internal combustion engine driving a generator to resupply the batteries, the vehicle's range is potentially increased to 579km on the highway (and which can be extended for very long trips by conventional refueling).

Bob Lutz said that Volt, different from the traditional electric vehicles, surely will have a huge market as it solves customers’ concern about driving distance. But the low availability of electric auto parts for the car’s volume production will lead to high price of the first generation Volt.

Bob Lutz is confident about the prospects of the electric vehicles. He said GM has lagged behind Toyota which has promoted its hybrids like Prius for several years. GM sees it unacceptable to lose the first. The world’s biggest auto maker is making efforts to develop vehicles without using gas from now on.
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GM may use profits from China to float North American operations.

October 24th, 2008 - Big Bob Lutz said that GM declaring bankruptcy is "out of the question." Of course, that was two years ago, when things like a $25 billion government loan would have sounded ludicrous. That was also before the auto industry mess got messier, and in order to stay true to those words today, GM is doing whatever it has to do to find money to stay in business. It heard Chrysler has an $11 billion piggy bank and a couple of jewels (Jeep and minivans) and GM said "Come here, girl! Lemme holla at you for a minute!"

Now GM is looking at its own international stable, and has its eye on China as a source of stopgap revenue for its North American operations. We've posted before on the fact that GM's international operations aren't doing too badly, and GM China sold 11.5 million vehicles last year -- more than any other manufacturer there. This year, it expects China sales volume to grow by 11- to 12-percent, and that means yuan in the bank.

Lutz said of the China move, "We do not rule out such a possibility under current conditions." These are hard times, but -- just like the good ones -- they're temporary, and GM just needs a little help to get to payday. Using money from one of your branches makes perfect sense to us. What doesn't make perfect sense is that China will get the Cruze the same time as Europe, in early '09, while we in the U.S. have to wait years in line for a car that we've been screaming for. Ah, GM, what are we going to do with you?
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GM opens eighth Chinese plant

12/17/2008 - General Motors announced the opening of its eighth Chinese joint-venture plant, a two-shift facility in the northeastern China city of Shenyang that will produce the Chevrolet Cruze for Asian markets. The automaker, which is struggling to stay afloat, says it has no plans to add further capacity to its worldwide production facilities.

The $390 million Shenyang plant will be capable of building up to 150,000 vehicles. Kevin Wale, GM China’s president, told Bloomberg that he is confident with the long-term capacity for the plant, despite the recent global downturn in the markets.

“[GM is] building capacity for the long term and we are very comfortable with what we are doing,” Wale said.

GM plans to sell up to 1.2 million vehicles in China next year. The new Shenyang plant, like all formed by foreign investors, is a joint-venture with a local company - Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, or SAIC, in this case.

The new plant will be fully operational by the second quarter of 2009, GM says
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Sales of General Motors in China up by 6% compared to 2007, Buick China sales down 7%

Jan 6th, 2009 - One of the refrains we've all heard in recent years is how strong Buick is for General Motors in China, where it's not cursed with the stigma of being a grandparent's brand in the States. While most of yesterday's attention was rightly focused on the industry-wide year-end U.S. sales bloodbath, Shanghai Daily reports that 2008 was a bummer for GM's joint venture with SAIC in China.

Shanghai GM ended up down 7% versus 2007, with analysts saying that its new cars, like the freshly-updated Buick Excelle, didn't deliver the goods in terms of styling, price, or fuel economy. Hence, buyers reportedly turned to the VW Jetta and Toyota Corolla instead. Shanghai Daily points out that Chevrolet, Cadillac, and Saab all showed growth in China last year, so the overall Shanghai GM decline essentially gets laid at the feet of Buick. Now, it'll be interesting to see how 2009 plays out. GM is hoping that the Chevy Cruze can help get things back on track in the People's Republic (and everyplace else, for that matter) when it arrives sometime in Q2, joining other key Shanghai GM newcomers like the Buick Regal.

Shanghai GM's disappointing 2008 performance was part of a broader growth slowdown for the General in China. When factoring in the rest of its joint ventures, GM's China sales were actually up 6% overall. But that's a significant dropoff from the double-digit sales gains exhibited in preceding years -- 19% in '07, and at least 27% in the each of the four years prior to that, according to Bloomberg. With so many consecutive years of explosive sales growth, things were probably bound to level off as car shoppers transformed into car owners. Whether GM's influx of new models planned for this year and beyond stokes the sales fires in China again is a story that we'll follow throughout '09.
source: Autoblog

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http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=afQwNY5V5Ltk&refer=home

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General Motors: Restructuring Should Have Minimal Impact on GM China.

Even while General Motors slashes factories, jobs, dealers, brands and products as it tries to avert bankruptcy, the automaker said its business in China will not be affected by its restructuring plan in the U.S.

The automaker reiterated the importance of the Chinese market in its global strategy and said business and key projects in China will proceed as scheduled.

"With expanding vehicle sales in China, GM remains profitable, which helps us to support the development of new programs and business with self-funded capital," GM China said in a statement.

The company issued the comment after earlier media reports said GM would sell stakes in its major Chinese passenger-car ventures with Shanghai Auto to ease its liquidity crunch.

GM said five new models will be launched under its Chevrolet and Buick brands in China within two years. By the end of this year, more than 13 new models will have been introduced, including the new Buick Regal and Chevrolet Cruze sedans. The product upgrades will also cover other brands including Cadillac, Opel, Saab and Wuling, GM's mini-vehicle affiliate.

GM also said construction of its $292 million tech center and the $250 million GM Campus, which will house its China and Asia Pacific headquarters, will proceed as scheduled.

Although sales have cooled in recent months, China's auto market — unlike many others overseas — has not plunged. In fact, it has been one of the few markets to help GM battle against a global sales slump.

GM said it sold 111,282 units in China in January, a rise of 3.3 percent. Last year, its sales expanded by 6 percent in China, the slowest pace since 2000.
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Leaked GM document shows automaker plans to sell China-built cars to U.S. consumers

A planning document given to lawmakers by General Motors reportedly shows that the Detroit-based automaker plans to ship 17,335 autos from China for sale in the U.S. in 2011. If GM succeeds in importing vehicles to the U.S. from China, it could be the first automaker to do so.

The document doesn't show which vehicle would be brought over from the land of the Great Wall (we'd take the Buick Regal, above), but it does provide GM's volume plans through 2014. By that time, GM plans to triple its China to U.S. exports to 51,546 units. While 51,546 sounds like a lot of cars, it only represents 1.6% of the planned 3.1 million (perhaps optimistic) sales the General is expecting five years from now.

Regardless of the quantity of vehicles coming in from China, union leaders are none too pleased with the development, says Automotive News. The 12-page document also showed increased production in Mexico, with annual units rising from 317,763 in 2010 to 501,316 in 2014. South Korea, which will likely make new vehicles like the Chevrolet Spark, will increase production from 36,967 in 2010 to 157,126 in 2014. In an open letter, UAW legislative director Alan Reuther has gone on record saying that GM "should not be taking taxpayers' money simply to finance the outsourcing of jobs to other countries."
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OnStar tallies 1,000th subscriber in China

Just two months after launching in the Chinese market, General Motors’ OnStar telematics system has tallied its 1,000th subscriber. OnStar launched in the Chinese market in December of last year.

Although OnStar first became available in the United States in the fall of 1996, the telematics service is just beginning to surface in GM’s China offerings. The service is currently available in the Buick Enclave and Cadillac SLS, but will expand to cover other 2010 Cadillac, Buick and Chevrolet models by year’s end.

China’s version of OnStar includes many of the same features as its U.S. counterpart – including Automatic Crash Response, Automatic Airbag Response, Emergency Services, Remote Door Unlock, Remote Horn and Lights, Roadside Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Location, Good Samaritan, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Destination Download Assistance, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, On-Demand Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands Free Calling, and Point Of Interest Assistance – but does not offer Stolen Vehicle Slowdown.

“We are so proud to be able to bring these great services to the people of China.” said Chris Preuss, OnStar president. “We’ve responded to hundreds of thousands of requests for assistance over the years in North America, and we look forward to extending that same level of safety, security and peace of mind to our Chinese subscribers as we continue to expand.”

OnStar is available in more than 50 GM models worldwide.

http://www.leftlanenews.com/onstar-tallies-1000th-subscriber-in-china.html
 
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