Shanghai, China – GM has broken ground for a new manufacturing plant in China.

Shanghai GM Norsom Motors, GM China’s joint venture with SAIC and Shanghai GM in Shenyang, will build the new facility in Shenyang’s Auto City Industrial Park. It will have an annual production capacity of 300,000 vehicles and 450,000 engines when it begins operations in 2014. Its products will be sold by Shanghai GM.

The new plant covers an area of nearly two square kilometres and will include press, body, paint, general assembly, powertrain shops and support facilities.

“The new plant is an important component of GM’s five-year plan for continued success in China,” said Kevin Wale, president and managing director of the GM China Group. “It will enable us to keep up with the rising demand for our products across China. At the same time, it will contribute to the growth of the economy in northern China and the region’s automotive base.”

Shanghai GM Norsom Motors was established in 2004. The joint venture manufactures the Buick GL8 family sedan and Chevrolet Cruze.

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