|Founded||June 12, 1997|
SAIC General Motors Corporation Limited (More commonly known as SAIC-GM; Chinese: 上汽通用汽车; formerly known as "Shanghai General Motors Company Ltd", "Shanghai GM"; Chinese: 上海通用汽车) is a joint venture between General Motors Company and SAIC Motor that manufactures and sells Chevrolet, Buick, and Cadillac brand automobiles in Mainland China.
SAIC-GM was founded on June 12, 1997 with 50% investment each from each partner. SAIC-GM began assembling the venture's first vehicle, the Buick Regal, in Shanghai, China in April 1999. This later followed with the Chinese-built Buick GL8 minivan which was a Chinese exclusive vehicle and was not offered in the United States and Canada.
In 2003, China became the second largest single market for General Motors, selling 201,188 vehicles, an 81.6% percent increase over the previous year. In that year SAIC-GM achieved a 13% market share in mainland China, second only to Volkswagen Group China among foreign carmakers. Sales dropped in 2004 when the company retired the Buick Sail and the release of its replacement, the Chevrolet Sail, was delayed to February, 2005, knocking General Motors Shanghai to seventh place in mainland China market share. SAIC-GM market share climbed back to nearly 9.8 percent, placing SAIC-GM among the top three passenger car manufacturers in mainland China.
In June 2004, the Cadillac brand was introduced to China then in January 2005, the Chevrolet brand was launched.
In May 2005 SAIC-GM completed construction of a new assembly plant, the South Plant, at its facility in eastern Shanghai's Pudong district, more than doubling its annual production capacity to 320,000 vehicles.
SAIC-GM was the top passenger vehicle producer in China in 2006, with sales of 413,400 vehicles. In 2011, SAIC-GM sold 1,200,355 vehicles in the Chinese market. SAIC-GM is the largest joint venture GM has in China.
In September 2006, General Motors launched the Chevrolet Corsa Plus in Chile, a version of the 4-door Opel Corsa with a 1.6L engine, making it the first export market to receive a vehicle manufactured by SAIC-GM.
In February 2010, SAIC acquired an additional 1 percent stake in the joint venture for US$85 million and assistance in securing a US$400 million line of credit to boost SAIC's total share of SAIC-GM to 51%.
- Enclave [note 9]
- Excelle XT [note 10]
- New Century [note 11]
- Park Avenue [note 12]
- Royaum [note 13]
- Velite 5 [note 14]
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- based on Opel Mokka
- based on Opel Insignia
- sport variant of the Regal
- based on Opel Astra K
- Imported since 2006
- Imported since 2011
- Imported since 2017)
- (Imported since 2017)
- based on Opel Astra J
- rename of the Buick Century to avoid confusion with the Toyota Century
- based on Holden Statesman/Caprice
- rebadge of the Holden Caprice WL series
- rebadge of the Chevrolet Volt
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