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GM Pushing into Indonesia with New Plant

Maker teams with SAIC, Wuling to build, sell new minivan.

by on Feb.02, 2015

GM builds the Chevrolet Spin at a plant it reopened in Indonesia in 2013, after it closed in 2005.

General Motors and its principal Chinese partner, SAIC Motor Corp., are teaming up to for a push into Indonesia, one of Southeast Asia’s largest markets.

SAIC-GM-Wuling, a joint venture between GM China, SAIC and Wuling Motors, announced that it plans to build a manufacturing plant on the outskirts of Jakarta to assemble Wuling brand vehicles for the country’s expanding vehicle market.

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Several media reports suggest the new plant will build a small minivan at the plant with plans for it to hit the market under the Wuling banner in 2017. The factory will have the capacity to build 150,000 vehicles annually. (more…)

GM, Ford Vehicle Sales Blazing in China

Makers posted record results for first six months.

by on Jul.08, 2014

With cars like the Focus selling well, Ford set a sales record for the first six months in China this year.

General Motors, Ford and their joint venture partners posted record sales in China for the first half of the 2014, capping off the period with a strong showing in June.

GM’s sales in China in the first six months increased 10.5% from last year’s previous record for the period to 1.73 million units. In June, GM’s sales increased 9.1%. Ford China reported a 35% increase for the first six months of 2014, selling 549,256 vehicles. Ford China’s June sales increased 17%, the automaker reported.

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“GM has experienced growth in demand for our products across China this year, especially at the higher end of our lineup and in the SUV/MPV segment,” said Matt Tsien, GM executive vice president and president of GM China. “We anticipate sales remaining strong through the end of 2014, as more people – particularly outside China’s major cities – become first-time vehicle buyers.” (more…)

GM Opens Plant In Indonesia

Maker invests $150 million in facility in Asia.

by on May.13, 2013

Marcos Purty, president director, GM Indonesia, left, and U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Scot Marciel, right, drive a Chevy Spin off the line in Indonesia.

Another global automaker cemented its interest in Asia as General Motors kicked off production at a new assembly plant in Indonesia: potentially a major automotive market.

Frost & Sullivan predicts Indonesia’s automotive production in 2013 will grow 7.5% reaching 1.2 million units. The demand for the passenger vehicles segment in Indonesia is likely to increase 7.6% year-on-year to 840,000 units in 2013 from 780,500 units in 2012.

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The first Chevrolet Spin was led off the production line by Dr. Budi Darmadi, Indonesia’s director general for Leading Industry Based on High Technology, Ministry of Industry, and Tim Lee, GM vice president, Global Manufacturing and president, International Operations, who was on hand to help dedicate the GM Indonesia plant.

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GM China Sales Top 2 Million For First Time

First maker to cross key milestone in a single year.

by on Nov.04, 2010

GM China President Kevin Wales.

General Motors set a significant milestone, last month, becoming the first automaker to ever sell more than 2 million cars in China during a single year, and giving the brand a nudge forward in its hard-fought battle to dominate the growing Asian market.

While car sales have “slowed” in China, in recent months, the numbers are still increasing at a double-digit pace and GM, in particular, recorded a 19.6% bump.  Falling just short of 200,000 vehicles, the month was an all-time record for the maker in what is now the single-largest national car market in the world.

“Over the past decade, China’s vehicle market has experienced unprecedented growth. GM has grown with it, working with our joint ventures to expand our lineup of vehicles and brands, adding to our portfolio of services, and increasing our production capacity to meet the changing needs of consumers nationwide,” proclaimed Kevin Wale, president of the GM China Group.

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The latest numbers come as a reminder of the maker’s controversial decision to enter the then-nascent Chinese market, 13 years ago.  Back then, few believed GM would be able to recover its initial investment in a new assembly plant to be built in the new, Pudon section of Shanghai.

As with other foreign makers hoping to tap China’s potential, GM was required to – and still must – partner with a domestic maker.  The original deal paired it with Shanghai-based SAIC, and their SGM unit saw a nearly 45% increase in sales last month.

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