Earlier this month, Chinese’s largest automaker opened its U.S. office in the heart of America’s auto industry.
Shanghai Automotive Industries Corporation, or SAIC, celebrated the opening of its North American Operations Center in Birmingham, Michigan on June 12. On hand during the ceremony were partner General Motors, execs from auto suppliers from both countries, SAIC VIPs, and Michigan governor Rick Snyder. Stated Snyer, “Michigan is proud to be home to SAIC USA, the North American operations of SAIC Motor, and we are thrilled that the company is expanding its global presence here.”
SAIC’s NA facility will focus on three areas: Logistics and Purchasing of parts for SAIC’s vehicles, and Technology and Engineering. SAIC will employ almost a 100 employees at the new operations center. Besides manufacturing its own vehicles, SAIC also runs Shanghai GM and Shanghai VW. Earlier this year, GM and SAIC agreed to jointly develop an electric car for the world market. Both automakers recently launched the Baojun, an entry-level sedan, into the Chinese auto market. The two have also announced plans to develop fuel cell vehicles as well.
“It is clear to see SAIC’s determination to deeply cooperate with US businesses and SAIC will continue to promote the development of exchanges with partners in the US,” said Maoyuan Hu, SAIC Motor Chairman. “I believe SAIC USA will enhance the operation of localization in the recruitment of professional, technical and management personnel and actively expand economic and trade activities.”
Automotive.com’s take: SAIC’s presence in Michigan shows how serious China is in entering the U.S. car market, the second biggest in the world. Are you ready for Chinese-made cars? If so, let us know in the comments below.
Source: SAIC USA