Guangzhou Autos (GAC) has celebrated the production of its one millionth vehicle, a white 4WD GS8 that rolled off the assembly line at its factory in Guangzhou, China.

It has hit the 1m milestone in just six years since it was founded.

“This is an important milestone for GAC Motor, as we rolled off the 600,000th vehicle last June and less than one year later, we’ve accomplished the goal of producing the one-millionth. Our boosting production capacity has proved the rapid development and advantages of the world-class vehicle manufacturing system by solid actions as we march into the ‘era of million,'” said Yu Jun, president of GAC Motor.

In 2016, GAC Motor sold more than 380,000 vehicles worldwide, marking a 96% year-on-year increase and 85% compound growth rate for six years in a row. In the first four months of 2017, GAC Motor has sold 163,000 cars, a 65.1% gain on the previous year.

The company says its best-selling SUV, the GS4, also “became the fastest model within its price range to break the 500,000 mark, and is setting a blistering sales pace of 35.5% year-on-year growth, while the advanced GS8 now leads the high-end, seven-seat SUV category with sales exceeding 10,000 in March and April.”

GAC Motor also says it “has applied advanced and intelligent technologies in all links of automotive manufacturing chain.”

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GAC Motor claims it “maintains a far lower component defective rate than industry average. To guarantee product quality and safety, GAC Motor has set the very strict “6520” quality control system that places ‘zero flaw’ as the goal and improve product quality standards comprehensively.”

Centred on GAC Automotive Engineering Institute, GAC Motor says it “has expanded a global automotive R&D network supported by the company’s technology center, top global suppliers and research institutes that adhere to the highest international standards to fulfill the company’s commitment to top-notch vehicle quality and reliability”. GAC Motor says it has established strategic partnership with the world’s top 10 auto suppliers including Aisin Seiki, Michelin, Continental and Faurecia.

After GAC’s establishment of its first North America R&D Centre in Silicon Valley this year, GAC Motor has begun recruiting talents in all fields from research and development, and vehicle engineering to marketing communications and management.

“GAC Motor’s global research and development network has always put quality first, our teams of engineers and designers are dedicated to bringing better quality products and services to make travelling by GAC Motor cars a unique, trustworthy experience,” Yu said.