Qingdao, China – SAIC-GM-Wuling, General Motors’ mini-vehicle joint venture in China, has begun production at its second vehicle manufacturing facility in the coastal city of Qingdao. Its initial product is a new mini commercial vehicle powered by a 1.2-litre gasoline engine.

The facility, which has an annual production capacity of 300,000 vehicles, is leveraging GM’s global systems and processes, and is capable of manufacturing multiple vehicles on the same line.

“The new plant will enable SAIC-GM-Wuling to meet the rising domestic demand for its Wuling brand products,” said Kevin Wale, President and Managing Director of the GM China Group. “This will increase SAIC-GM-Wuling’s competitiveness in the mini-commercial segment, which is one of the largest and fastest-growing in China.”

The five-year-old joint venture sold 552,788 vehicles in 2007 and ended the year with a 43 per cent share of the mini-vehicle segment in China, making it the segment leader for the second consecutive year.

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