Category Archives: SAIC

Spyshots of SAIC-Volkswagen Teramont SUV


To cash in on China’s red hot SUV market, Volkswagen plans to roll out the Teramont through its two local joint ventures, with FAW and SAIC. The version from FAW-Volkswagen, under heavy camouflage, has been spotted several times around its plant in Foshan, Guangdong. Today we get a clear view of the SAIC-Volkswagen version. The […]

SAIC-GM to Launch “Chevrolet Cavalier”, a Sibling of Buick Excelle GT


The Chevrolet product line in China will soon include a new member, the Cavalier compact sedan. Slotted between Chevrolet Sail and Cruze, the upcoming, China-made Cavalier is unrelated to the Chevrolet car in North America bearing the same name, the production of which was terminated in 2005. In substance, the new Cavalier is a re-badged […]

Shanghai Volkswagen launched China-made Skoda Yeti


The joint venture of SAIC and Volkswagen unwrapped the locally-built Skoda Yeti at the 2013 Chengdu Motor Show, which opened on August 30. Compared with the current imported model, the show car has an extended wheelbase of 2638mm and a stance slightly longer and lower. Modifications in exterior styling are largely limited to two places–the […]

Shanghai Volkswagen Opened Xinjiang Plant


On August 29 the SAIC-Volkswagen alliance started production at its first vehicle plant in western China as the inaugural car, a Santana compact, rolled off line in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Located in Urumqi Economic & Technological Development Zone (Touhetun District), the Xinjiang plant is Shanghai-Volkswagen’s sixth production base and the […]

SGMW to Release Baojun 630 Hatchback Next Year

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Not content to be the largest microvan maker in China, the three way joint venture of SAIC, General Motors, and Wuling (SGMW) plans to build a complete passenger-car line under the Baojun brand. Utilizing outdated platforms from Shanghai-GM, the company has developed Baojun 630 compact (derived from Buick Excelle) and Lechi subcompact (a re-badged Chevrolet […]

Shanghai-GM Broke Ground on Cadillac Plant

cadillac plant corner stone laid

The joint venture of SAIC and GM started construction of a Cadillac plant in Shanghai today, which will open in 2015 with a designed production capacity of 160,000 units a year. At a ceremony held in the Pudong district, officials from the city government as well as the JV, including GM CEO Dan Akerson and […]

VW Gran Lavida: Shanghai Motor Show in Pics

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Lavida, the best-selling Volkswagen model in China in recent months, is expected to defend its leading position with the release of new variants. The nameplate aims to deliver nearly 400,000 units this year, up from 246,687 in 2012. That increase alone exceeds Shanghai-Volkswagen’s overall target of gaining about 100,000 in 2013 sales. The feat is […]

Skoda Rapid Goes on Sale, Priced from 79,900 Yuan

chinese-made skoda rapid

The collection of Chinese-built Skodas officially increased to four items on April 18 as Shanghai-Volkswagen (SVW) released the Rapid. Available in three trim levels–Active, Ambition, and Elegand, the compact sedan is priced between 79,900-116,900 Yuan (US$12,927-18,927), and thus noticeably cheaper than its two siblings, the re-designed Jetta from FAW-Volkswagen and Santana from SVW. Built on […]

SAIC Copies Ssangyong Korando for MG SUV

saic mg suv

The MG division of SAIC (Shanghai Auto) is preparing to launch its first SUV, spy shots from show. The upcoming MG car looks so close to Ssangyong Korando that it was mistaken for a facelifted version of the latter by earlier this month. The white test car exposed bears no logo, but the […]

SAIC’s Maxus MPV Spied


SAIC Commercial Vehicle is exposed developing a seven-seat people carrier, which would be the second model, after the V80 van, to carry the Maxus (Datong) brand. Based on a different platform than the V80, the spied prototype has a front engine, rear-wheel drive configuration, and employs multi links rather than leaf springs in rear suspension […]

Shanghai-GM Released Cadillac XTS, Priced from $56,163

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At a ceremony held Monday evening in Guangzhou, the joint venture of SAIC and General Motors announced the market launch of the Cadillac XTS luxury sedan. With two engine options, a 3.6L V6 and turbo 2.0L, the Chinese-made XTS is priced between 349,900 and 569,900 Yuan (US$56,163-91,475), taking direct aim at BMW 5 series, Audi […]

SAIC Sales Rose 12% to 4.49 Million in 2012

The subsidiaries and joint ventures of SAIC (Shanghai Auto) delivered a total of 4,490,211 vehicles last year, 12% more than 2011, data from the auto group show. 90% of the sales were accomplished by three ventures: SAIC-GM-Wuling (1,458,188), Shanghai-GM (1,392,658), and Shanghai-Volkswagen (1,280,008). SAIC’s own passenger car division, which operates the MG and Roewe brands, […]

2012 Sales of SGMW Topped 1.45 Million

SGMW announced today that it successfully defended its title as the largest auto venture in China by delivering 1,458,000 vehicles in 2012 (although conglomerates like SAIC, FAW, Dongfeng, Changan, and BAIC, claim larger combined sales from affiliates). Growing 12% on year, sales exceeded the original target of 1.35 million. For 2013, SGMW eyes a modest […]

SAIC and CP Group to Build MG Cars in Thailand


SAIC and Charoen Pokphand Group (CP Group) signed a contract on Tuesday to jointly build MG cars in Thailand. In the first stage of their cooperation, an annual production capacity of 50,000 units will be created by 2014 with an investment of 1.8 billion Yuan. A long-term goal is to increase the capacity to 200,000. […]