General Motors has said it will export Chinese-made minivans to other emerging markets, reflecting China’s increasingly central role in its business.
 
The company said in a statement that it will sell Wuling N200s and N300s under the Chevrolet brand in South America, the Middle East and North Africa. GM is focusing on emerging markets to offset falling demand in the US and Europe.


The automaker has also moved its international headquarters to Shanghai, reflecting a greater focus on China.
 
Its joint venture with Shanghai Automotive Industries Corp and Wuling Motors, SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile Co., is China’s largest market of minivans, and 34%-owned by GM. Shanghai government-controlled SAIC Motor Corp. holds 50.1%. Wuling Motors, based in southwestern China’s Guangxi region, owns the rest.


The N200, which is sold in China by SAIC-GM-Wuling as the Wuling Hong Tu, made its global debut in 2006 and entered the Chinese market last year. The high-end minivan was developed by SAIC-GM-Wuling with support from the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), GM’s automotive engineering and design center in Shanghai.


Kevin Wale, President and Managing Director of the GM China Group, said: “Exporting the N200 is a great achievement for SAIC-GM-Wuling. It sends a positive message about the quality of GM products designed and built in China.”