Jinbei GM, the General Motors joint venture in northern China, this week began regular production of the Chevrolet Blazer sport-utility vehicle.

To meet local customer preferences and regulations, the Chinese Blazer has over 300 detail changes compared to the US version.

Jinbei GM has also opened a retail outlet in Shenzhen in South China while 22 more established Chinese dealers prepare to sell the first batch of 4.3-litre DLX Blazers.



Later this year, three more models – the 2.4-litre base and DLX Blazers and the S-10 crew cab pickup – will go on sale.

The range will be priced between 185,000 yuan ($US22,300) for the S-10 crew cab pickup, to 385,000 yuan ($US46,400) for the 4.3-litre Blazer DLX.

The Chinese Blazer and S-10 specification includes antilock brakes, air conditioning and power steering and these are also the first Chinese-made SUVs to have a driver’s airbag as standard.

The top-line 4.3-litre Blazer DLX adds leather interior, automatic transmission, power driver’s seat, reading lamp, overhead console with exterior temperature display and a compass.

Jinbei GM is a $US230 million joint venture between General Motors and Brilliance Corporation. GM owns 50 percent of the venture, which has an annual capacity of 50,000 units.

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