September 17, 2007

GM’s mini-vehicle facility begins production in China

Liuzhou, China – SAIC-GM-Wuling, General Motors’ mini-vehicle joint venture in southwestern China, began production this week at its new engine facility. The plant represents the largest new investment in the five-year history of the venture.

Using much of the same technology, processes and design specifications as at other GM engine plants around the world, the facility has an annual capacity of 300,000 engines. It is initially manufacturing a 1.2-litre, DOHC gasoline engine that will power the new Wuling Hong Tu minivan. The engine achieves 20 per cent better fuel economy than some similar engines being produced in China, and complies with advanced European emissions standards, as well as domestic standards.

SAIC-GM-Wuling was founded in 2002, with GM China holding 34.0 per cent, SAIC 50.1 per cent, and Wuling Motors 15.9 per cent. The joint venture manufacturers Wuling mini-trucks and minivans, as well as the Chevrolet Spark mini-car, at facilities in Liuzhou and Qingdao, Shandong. In 2006, the company sold 460,155 vehicles.

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