LIUZHOU, GUANGXI, China 15 July 2014 —— SAIC-GM-Wuling broke ground for its new R&D centre and proving ground in Liuzhou, Guangxi. The facilities, which are adjacent to the joint venture’s Baojun passenger car production base, will support the development of new vehicles for China.
The 376,000-square-metre R&D centre is being built in four phases. Phase I will include an advanced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) lab and environmental simulation lab. Phase II will have experimental facilities for parts, materials and structures for electrical devices. Phase III will feature testing facilities for engines, emission systems, safety systems and new energy vehicles. Phase IV will have testing facilities for complete vehicles and a modeling centre. The R&D centre is scheduled to open in December 2018.
The 853,000-square-metre proving ground will support the evaluation of chassis performance, dynamic performance, NVH, powertrain performance and corrosion resistance. It is expected to be completed by December 2016.
Since its establishment in 2002, SAIC-GM-Wuling has been leveraging resources from China and abroad to provide consumers the highest-quality products. It has recorded many technological achievements and received several national awards for production. In addition, several of its products have become industry leaders. The Wuling Rong Guang created China’s large-size minivan segment. Since its launch three years ago, the Wuling Hong Guang has been the fastest-growing model in China, with more than 1.37 million units delivered. In the first quarter of 2014, it was the world’s fourth-best-selling vehicle.
SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile Co. Ltd. (SAIC-GM-Wuling) was launched on 18 November 2002. SAIC has a 50.1 per cent stake, GM China a 44.0 per cent stake and Wuling Motors a 5.9 per cent stake. SAIC-GM-Wuling is based in Liuzhou, Guangxi, in southwestern China. It has a second manufacturing base in Qingdao, Shandong. In 2012, SAIC-GM-Wuling opened its new passenger car production facility near its headquarters in Liuzhou and announced plans to build a third production base in Chongqing Municipality. SAIC-GM-Wuling manufactures a range of Wuling brand mini-trucks and minivans as well as a growing family of Baojun brand passenger cars. In 2013, SAIC-GM-Wuling had record domestic sales of 1,584,920 units.
General Motors traces its roots back to 1908. GM has 10 joint ventures, two wholly owned foreign enterprises and more than 58,000 employees in China. GM and its joint ventures offer the broadest lineup of vehicles and brands among automakers in China. Passenger cars and commercial vehicles are sold under the Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jiefang, Opel and Wuling brands. In 2013, GM sold nearly 3.2 million vehicles in China.