According to Reuters, Shanghai GM will spend 100 billion yuan ($16-billion) over the next five years in order to develop a slew of new vehicles for the Chinese marketplace, based on what SGMW President Wang Yongqing said Sunday.
Shanghai GM, which holds a partnership between GM and China’s SAIC Motor Group, is said to introduce 10 new or upgraded models a year until it has 40 product lines. The goal is to swallow up at least 10 percent of the Chinese vehicle market.
Both Buick and Chevrolet are trending to each surpass 1-million annual sales by 2020, Wang said during the press conference on Sunday, where the 2016 Buick Verano and 2016 Cadillac CT6 PHEV were introduced. Additionally, the company says it will spend 26.5 billion yuan (over $4-million) on more eco-friendly vehicles, which will include ten new fuel-efficient vehicles – like hybrids and PHEV models – by 2020.
The company also aims to cut fuel consumption in its vehicles by 25-30 percent, said Wang.
“In terms of new energy, we are keen on power efficiency and emission control and are ardent to go electrical throughout our portfolio,” he said.
Luckily, more-conventional, ICE-powered vehicles won’t be forgotten, as the company also plans to develop 13 new engines and nine new transmissions. Wang says the company will also plan to make use of smaller, more-efficient engines – either with turbochargers, direct-injection or maybe even diesel powerplants – “when the time is ripe.”