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General Motors Australia Developing Cars With China

Posted: April 16th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Holden | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on General Motors Australia Developing Cars With China

GENERAL MOTORS AUSTRALIA - HOLDENGeneral Motors Austalian Subsidiary – Holden – has struck a deal with two Chinese companies to design and engineer two cars at its Port Melbourne site. The deal with Shanghai General Motors and Pan Asia Technical Automotive Centre PATAC – doesn’t include the manufacturing of the vehicles. The agreement will involve a team of Melbourne-based engineers and designers tailoring vehicles for the Chinese market based on GM global platforms.

Holden says it cannot provide details of the cars for commercial reasons. In striking this latest deal, GM Holden chairman and managing director Mike Devereux said Holden was a valued source of expertise within GM’s international operations and was one of only seven fully integrated design, engineering and manufacturing operations in the GM group.


Established on June 12, 1997, Shanghai General Motors – SGM – is a 50-50 joint venture partnership between US auto behemoth General Motors and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation. Shanghai GM has driven resolutely towards becoming China’s leading automaker. Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation is now the largest listed vehicle-maker on the Chinese A-share stock market.

A quick browse through the PATAC and SGM websites and it’s not hard to see why the stoic GM Holden has been called-in to rationalise the China end of General motors. SGM and PATAC have between them 40 different models in production, of that 8 are GM based vehicles.

Mr Devereux told that GM Holden had worked with SGM and PATAC in recent years on smaller projects, but this is the first significant, long-term project. “It gives the GM Holden workforce a great sense of pride to work on global vehicle programs like this and to see Australian design, engineering and manufacturing expertise exported around the world.” Mr Devereux said.



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