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SAIC-GM-Wuling Engine Plant
Liuzhou, China - SAIC-GM-Wuling,
GM's mini-vehicle joint venture in southwestern China, began
production today at its new engine plant. The RMB 2 billion
facility represents the largest new investment in the five-year
history of SAIC-GM-Wuling.
Situated at the joint venture's
main production base in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous
Region, the engine plant has an annual capacity of 300,000
engines. "It will enable SAIC-GM-Wuling to keep up with rising
demand for our existing lineup of products. At the same time, it
will shorten the development time for new models," said Thomas
Drumgoole, Vice President and CFO of SAIC-GM-Wuling.
The engine plant utilizes much of
the same technology, many of the same processes and the same
design specifications as other GM engine plants around the
world. Manufacturing procedures and production lines are based
on global GM Powertrain standards.
SAIC-GM-Wuling is initially
manufacturing a 1.2-liter double overhead cam gasoline engine
that will power its new Wuling Hong Tu minivan.
"Like the plant itself, the engine
was developed for SAIC-GM-Wuling leveraging GM Powertrain
expertise," Drumgoole explained. "It sets a new benchmark for
advanced engines with high power and small displacement by
offering better fuel economy, power and peak torque while
generating lower emissions."
The engine achieves 20 percent
better fuel economy than some similar engines being produced in
China. It complies with the advanced Euro III, Euro IV and Euro
V emission standards as well as all domestic emission standards.
Powered by the engine, the Wuling Hong Tu
generates maximum power of 52.2 kW per liter and maximum torque of 108
"The new engine plant demonstrates the
strong partnership between GM China, SAIC and Wuling Motors," said GM
China Group President and Managing Director Kevin Wale. "It is part of
our collective commitment to the long-term success of SAIC-GM-Wuling."
SAIC-GM-Wuling was founded in 2002. GM
China owns 34.0 percent, SAIC owns 50.1 percent and Wuling Motors owns
15.9 percent. The joint venture manufactures a range of Wuling brand
mini-trucks and minivans as well as the Chevrolet Spark mini-car at its
facilities in Liuzhou and Qingdao, Shandong. In 2006, SAIC-GM-Wuling
sold 460,155 vehicles, making it the sales leader among domestic
mini-vehicle producers. It maintained its leadership in the first half
of 2007, with sales rising 20.7 percent on an annual basis to 301,880
(Sept. 12, 2007)