Category Archives: GM

SGMW Rebages Chevrolet Spark as a Baojun

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Under the new passenger car marque Baojun, launched last year, the three-way joint venture SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW) plans a near-complete product line: first a compact sedan, Baojun 630, to be released before April; then a subcompact to come out in the second half of 2011, to be followed a MPV and SUV. Recently leaked photos reveal […]

January Passenger Car Sales Rose 15.3% to 1.4 Million Units

China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) reports on Monday that 1,402,764 units of new passenger cars (sedans, SUVs, MPVs, microvans) were sold in China in January, up 15.3% from a year earlier but down 4.8% from the last month of 2010. The SUV sector continued to lead sales increase, growing 66.6% on year to reach 140,993 […]

GM Successfully Increases SGMW Stake to 44%

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Fulfilling a deal reached last year, Wuling has transferred a 10% stake it held in SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW) to General Motors (GM) after the Chinese government gave go-ahead, as confirmed by both sides this week. The transaction increased GM’s holding in SGMW from 34% to 44%, giving it more say in running the largest microvan maker […]

SAIC Sold Record 3.58 Million Vehicles in 2010

Shanghai Automotive Industry Co. (SAIC) reports today record annual sales of 3.58 million new vehicles for 2010, up 31.5% from 2009. The number includes 2.279 million passenger cars (up 41.9%) and 1.304 million commercial vehicles (up 16.6%). Deliveries of the brands it fully owns, including Roewe and MG, increased 77% to 160,000 units, but still […]

“Hall of Shame 2010”

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Posting world-record annual sales of over 18 million new vehicles, the auto industry in China is in a self-congratulatory mood looking back at 2010. Yet signs abound that this rapid growth in size is not equal to progress in strength or health. 1. Shanghai GM, which sold most cars among all automakers in China, tops […]

Shanghai GM Unveils Chevrolet Sail EV Concept at the 2010 Guangzhou Auto Show

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Just as promised in its "drive to green" roadmap for the next five years (see Shanghai GM Sets 2015 "Drive to Green" Goals), Shanghai GM unveiled an all-electric version of the Chevrolet Sail subcompact before the year-end at the 2010 Guangzhou Auto Show held between Dec 20 and Dec. 27. Displayed alongside the Volt plug-in […]

CPCA: Nov. Passenger Vehicle Sales Jumped 27% to 1.28 Million, Shanghai-GM and -VW Continuing to Lead

China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) reports on Tuesday that consumers in mainland China bought 1,281,145 passenger vehicles last month, 10.5% more than October and 27% more than a year earlier. The number includes 888,870 sedans, 220,704 microvans, 129,962 SUVs, and 41,609 MPVs. SUV and MPV markets continued to outperform, gaining 77.3% and 50.9%, respectively, on […]

Shanghai GM Unveils Revamped Buick GL8 MPV

GM’s joint venture with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) launched the third generation Buick GL8 on Sunday to consolidate its lead in the MPV market. Four all-new trims are introduced with prices ranging between 288,000 and 388,000 yuan. They will go on sale in a month or two alongside two refreshed trims of the second […]

Shanghai-GM: Chevrolet Sails to Chile and Libya

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The first batch of Chevrolet Sail supermini for overseas markets left the coast of Yantai, Shandong, on October 21, marking the beginning for Shanghai GM to mass export locally developed and built GM-brand cars. The passenger car joint venture of SAIC and General Motors said that it has received initial order for close to 10,000 […]

September Sales: Shanghai-GM, Shanghai-VW (Skoda), Hyundai-Kia, Chery

New vehicle sales at Shanghai GM rose 41% year-on-year last month to 100,825 units, hitting a record monthly high. For the first three quarters, the joint venture sold 742,176 cars, surpassing last year’s annual sales of 727,000. In September, Buick delivered 57,948 units (LaCrosse 10,339, Regal 7,669, Excelle 22,607), Chevrolet 40,860 (Cruze 17,264), Cadillac 2,017 […]

August Sales: Ford, GM, Hyundai-Kia, Mazda, Shanghai Volkswagen, Skoda, Audi

Ford and its Chinese joint ventures sold 44,074 new vehicles in August, up 24% year-on-year. In the first eight months, sales increased 42% from the same period last year to 368,103 units, including 251,046 from Chang’an-Ford-Mazda. 13,039 units of Focus and 4,629 of Fiesta, both from Chang’an Ford, were delivered last month. Sales of the […]

Cadillac Sponsors Communist Propaganda Film

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It is naive to believe any business would put moral considerations before profits. Even the "don’t be evil" Google enters a "devil’s pact" with Verizon when the price is right. So it comes as no big surprise that GM has made Cadillac the proud "chief business partner" of an upcoming film dedicated to the 90th […]