As the world continues to grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, GM China has slowly begun to resume production operations, as addressed by GM China President Julian Blissett in this short video.
Standing in front of the assembly line at the Cadillac Jinqiao plant in Shanghai, Blissett discusses GM China’s efforts to kickstart production efforts.
“This is our first plant that restarted vehicle production following the COVID-19 outbreak,” Blissett says. “It has been up and running since mid-February.”
Blissett acknowledges the difficulties of the past few months, as well as the efficacy of efforts to control the virus in the country. However, as the GM China President points out, the impact of the virus on the auto industry has been massive, and it will continue to be felt for some time to come.
“In the face of these difficult times, we have stayed optimistic because of the trust and faith we have in our people, our partners, our dealers, and our suppliers,” Blissett says. “Over the past two months they have worked extremely hard to restart production to ensure we can deliver vehicles to our customers, to make sure parts are available on time, to step up support for consumers through innovative online channels, and to return our operations in China to normal.”
The Cadillac Jinqiao assembly facility first opened in 2016, and was built specifically to produce Cadillacs in China for the Chinese market, being the first facility outside North America to fully produce Cadillac models.
China is currently the largest auto market in the world, and is also the biggest market for General Motors by volume. GM China has ramped up its efforts in the country with a wide variety of the new products over the last several years, including new all-electric vehicles.
As we reported earlier this month, GM China sales decreased 43 percent in Q1 of 2020, down to 461,716 units total. Five GM brands are sold in China, including Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Wuling, and Baojun.