0719-2Shanghai, China – General Motors has broken ground in Shanghai for its GM China Advanced Technical Center. The new facility, which will be adjacent to its headquarters, will develop advanced vehicle designs and technologies for GM on a domestic and global basis.

The new centre will be part of GM’s global engineering and design network.

“As an integral element of our global product development strategy, the GM China Advanced Technical Center will create advanced technologies and lead GM’s global research in targeted areas,” said Kevin Wale, president and managing director of the GM China Group. “We expect it to become one of GM’s most important and comprehensive technical and design facilities worldwide.”

The centre will include 62 test labs and nine research labs, and will be home to four key research and design organizations: a science lab, vehicle engineering lab, advanced powertrain engineering lab, and an advanced design centre. Construction will be completed by the end of 2011, and within five years, is expected to have more than 300 employees, including designers, researchers, engineers and technicians. The new facility will complement GM’s engineering and product development partnerships in China, including the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center in Shanghai, and the China Automotive Energy Research Center in Beijing.

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