GM to launch 9 locally produced electrified vehicles in next 5 years

Automotive News China

Automotive News | 2019-3-15

SAIC-GM will introduce nine locally built plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles in China from 2019 to 2023 to meet regulatory requirements that seek to reduce emissions.

The vehicles are part of 60 new and freshened models SAIC-GM plans to launch in China during the period. 

The first two locally produced electrified vehicles to be launched will be the Buick Velite 6 electric sedan and a Chevrolet-badged electric car, SAIC-GM said. 

They will go on sale in 2019 along with 16 new and face-lifted gasoline vehicles. 

The Buick Velite will debut soon while the Chevrolet EV will be launched later this year, SAIC-GM said, without divulging further details about the two vehicles. 

SAIC-GM markets only two electrified vehicles -- the Buick Velite 5 extended-range electric vehicle and the Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid.

To improve fleet-wide fuel efficiency, it will gradually expand the application of 48-Volt systems on traditional vehicles sold in China, the company added. 

Forty-eight volt systems allow automakers to introduce fuel-saving technologies such as stop-start systems, regenerative brakes and e-turbochargers.

SAIC-GM, General Motors¡¯ passenger vehicle joint venture with SAIC Motor Corp., assembles and markets vehicles for Buick, Chevrolet and Cadillac brands. 

In 2018, sales at SAIC-GM dipped 1.5 percent to 1.97 million. 

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