December 16, 2003

GM wins four car awards in China

Four GM vehicles sold in China recently received awards in two separate polls of automotive industry professionals, media and car enthusiasts.

In a poll of readers carried out by China Auto Pictorial in conjunction with Auto Motor-Sport, the imported Opel Agila was voted “Best Cars 2004 – Best Mini-Car”, the Buick Excelle from Shanghai GM was named “Best Cars 2004 – Best Domestic Compact Car” and the Buick GL8 from Shanghai GM was honored as “Best Cars 2004 – Best Domestic MPV”.

In a poll of automotive journalists and industry experts carried out by China Auto Pictorial, Beijing Youth Daily and, the Chevrolet Spark mini-car from SAIC-GM-Wuling was cited as “Car of the Year 2004 – Performance”, while the Buick Excelle was named “Car of the Year 2004 – Value for Money”.

The Opel Agila, which was introduced globally in 2000, has been a leader among imported mini-vehicles in China since arriving on the domestic market in 2002. The Chevrolet Spark, the first mini-car produced by GM’s SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture and the first Chevrolet car manufactured in China, entered the market on December 8. Based on a vehicle from GM Daewoo Auto & Technology, the Spark also represents the first true global mini-vehicle built in China.

The Buick Excelle, which went on sale across China in August, is based on a new global platform from GM Daewoo Auto & Technology. It has set a benchmark for mainstream midsize vehicles. The Buick GL8, which opened up a new segment with its launch in 2000, remains the leader among large family wagons sold in China. Shanghai GM introduced an upgraded version of the GL8 earlier this year.

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