SHANGHAI – Mary Barra made her first visit to China as GM’s new CEO this week. She hosted a meeting with employees at the GM International Operations (GMIO) and GM China Headquarters in Shanghai. She also met with Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong and representatives from GM China’s joint ventures.
Barra was joined by new GM President Dan Ammann and new GM Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, Mark Reuss.
“I am very impressed by our teams at GMIO and GM China,” said Barra. “Our local employees are playing a fundamental role in GM’s ongoing turnaround worldwide. GM will further strengthen our investment in China. This is crucial for ensuring we remain a global industry leader.”
She highlighted the planned investment by GM’s joint ventures in China of about $11 billion in vehicles, facilities and people through 2016. China and its joint ventures will launch 19 new and refreshed models in 2014. She also mentioned GMIO will launch nearly 20 new products in its nearly 100 markets.
“The key to our success remains designing, building and selling the world’s best vehicles,” Barra added. “We will keep our focus on the introduction of cars, trucks and crossovers that can take on the best that the competition has to offer – wherever we do business.”
During her meeting with Yang Xiong, Barra reiterated the importance of both Shanghai and China to GM. She pointed out that as GM’s largest market for the past five years, China will continue to serve as a prime location for the development of new vehicles, services and technology.
General Motors traces its roots back to 1908. GM has 10 joint ventures, two wholly owned foreign enterprises and more than 58,000 employees in China. GM and its joint ventures offer the broadest lineup of vehicles and brands among automakers in China. Passenger cars and commercial vehicles are sold under the Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jiefang, Opel and Wuling brands. In 2013, GM sold nearly 3.2 million vehicles in China. More information on General Motors in China can be found at GM Media Online.