General Motors and its joint ventures in mainland China are showcasing 30 production and concept vehicles, including several "green" models, in Beijing at Auto China 2006.
"The products on display at this year’s leading auto show in China convey GM’s leadership in working with our partners to drive the nation’s automotive industry into the future," said Kevin Wale, GM China Group President and Managing Director. "By combining our unmatched global and local resources, GM and our joint ventures continue to introduce an array of new vehicles that are engineered and built in China to meet the specific needs of our customers."
The production models from GM, Shanghai GM and SAIC-GM-Wuling represent a broad range of cars and trucks sold domestically under the Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Saab and Wuling nameplates. Among the new models on display are the Cadillac SLS, which had its global premiere in Shanghai on November 10, and the Wuling Hong Tu, which is being unveiled today.
Several of the concept models appearing at Auto China 2006 are making their local debut. They include some of the most technologically advanced products ever built such as the Chevrolet Sequel hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, which takes GM’s goal of removing the motor vehicle from the environmental equation one step closer to reality.
Buick, GM’s original flagship brand in China, is showing two members of its best-selling Excelle product line, the HRV hatchback and Excelle station wagon. It also has on display the LaCrosse premium sedan, which went on sale earlier in the year, and the GL8 FirstLand executive wagon.
Cadillac, GM’s American luxury brand, is showcasing five products. A highlight of the stand is the SLS. The new model, which will be built at Shanghai GM, was developed specifically to address the needs of business users in China who are looking for a luxury sedan. Also on display from Cadillac are the CTS luxury sedan, the SRX medium luxury utility vehicle, the top-of-the-line XLR luxury roadster and the Escalade luxury SUV, which went on sale in China on November 6.
Chevrolet, GM’s most popular global brand and the automaker’s second mainstream brand in China, has four production models being shown in Beijing: the Lova small car, standard and sporty versions of the Aveo hatchback, and the Epica intermediate sedan. Also on display, on SAIC-GM-Wuling’s stand, are two Chevrolet Spark mini-cars.
Saab, GM’s Swedish premium brand, is showcasing the 9-5 sedan, the 9-3 convertible and the 9-3 Combi midsize wagon.
Wuling has two representatives from one of China’s most popular lines of mini-commercial vehicles appearing at Auto China 2006 in addition to its new Wuling Hong Tu minivan.
Making its debut in China is the Buick Enclave. The luxury SUV concept, which made its global premiere at January’s 2006 North American International Auto Show, combines the athletic proportions of a modern crossover with the romantic forms characterized by Buick’s rich design heritage.
Fresh off its Asia Pacific debut in Shanghai earlier this month comes the Chevrolet Sequel. The Sequel is the first vehicle in the world to successfully integrate a hydrogen fuel cell propulsion system with a broad menu of advanced technologies such as steer- and brake-by-wire controls. It uses clean, renewable hydrogen as a fuel and emits only water vapor.
From September’s Paris Motor Show has come the Chevrolet WTCC Ultra race car. The ready-to-drive concept car was developed by a global GM team, including designers from GM Daewoo Auto & Technology in Korea and GM Holden in Australia. With its bold and aggressive design, it takes the Chevrolet body language to the extreme and offers the vision of a new generation of touring car that bends World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) regulations.
From Saab is a concept vehicle that was inspired by the Swedish brand’s aviation heritage and Scandinavian roots, the Aero X. The new model, which is being shown in China for the first time, made its world premiere in February at the Geneva Auto Show. The dynamic two-seat sports coupe has a twin-turbo BioPower V-6 engine that is fueled entirely by ethanol, a sustainable energy source that is kinder to the environment than conventional fuels by cutting fossil CO2 emissions.
Also from Saab is the BioPower. The innovative hybrid concept runs on pure bioethanol. It is the world’s first hybrid vehicle that produces zero fossil fuel emissions and the world’s first hybrid soft-top convertible.
The Vue Green Line Hybrid SUV, which is based on a production model of the same name, is the first GM vehicle powered by a new, more affordable hybrid system that delivers an estimated 20 percent improvement in fuel economy compared to the standard gasoline model, depending on driving conditions.