April 19, 2015 / 12:57 PM / 2 years ago

Shanghai GM to spend $16 billion developing new vehicles

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A labourer is reflected in the glass of a Shanghai General Motors exhibition hall in Shanghai in this file photo taken on May 28, 2009.Stringer

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Shanghai GM, a joint venture between General Motors (GM.N) and China's SAIC Motor Corp (600104.SS), plans to spend 100 billion yuan ($16 billion) over the next five years developing new vehicles, Shanghai GM President Wang Yongqing said on Sunday.

The automaker will use that money for 10 new or upgraded models a year until it has roughly 40 product lines as it tries to corner at least 10 percent of the Chinese market, Wang told reporters before the Shanghai autoshow, which starts on Monday.

Both Buick and Chevrolet brands will surpass 1 million in annual sales by 2020, Wang said at a news conference.

Shanghai GM will spend 26.5 billion yuan on environmentally friendly products, including 10 "new-energy models" - traditional and plug-in hybrids - by 2020, he said.

Wang said the company will cut fuel consumption in its vehicles by 25-30 percent in the process.

"In terms of new energy, we are keen on power efficiency and emission control and are ardent to go electrical throughout our portfolio," he said.

Shanghai GM has 13 new engines and nine new transmissions "in the pipeline" and plans to expand use of small-displacement, direct-injection and turbo engines, introducing diesel engines "when the time is ripe", he said.

Editing by Louise Ireland

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