GM will begin producing a hybrid car in China from next year, in time for the Beijing Olympics in August, according to a Reuters report.

The report said that Shanghai GM, one of GM's local Chinese joint ventures with SAIC Motor Corp, will disclose details closer to the undisclosed model's launch, a spokesman for GM Asia-Pacific reportedly said.

The report noted that assembling fuel-saving hybrid cars in China, one of GM's most important markets, is another step in the US automaker's efforts to paint a more environmentally friendly image of itself as consumers increasingly look for better mileage amid record-high energy prices.

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