China’s GAC Will Unveil Undisclosed Pure Electric Vehicle At 2017 NAIAS

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GAC Motor to Unveil Brand New GS4 (ICE) in Detroit as well as plug-in hybrids and a pure electric vehicle

GAC Motor to Unveil Brand New GS4 (ICE) in Detroit as well as plug-in hybrids and a pure electric vehicle

NAIAS 2017 Is Now Upon Us

NAIAS 2017 Is Now Upon Us

China-based GAC is expected to be the only Chinese automaker in attendance at this year’s NAIAS (opening to the press today).

According to GAC, it’s attending the show because it hopes to begin selling vehicles in the North American market starting in 2018. Among the vehicles it intends to sell are a new SUV, hybrid crossover and an EV, all three of which will be on display at NAIAS 2017.

GAC’s current #1 selling vehicle is the GS4. A new version will be unveiled at the show. That’s the SUV referred to above.

Both the hybrid crossover and the pure EV are unknown vehicles, meaning they’ve never been shown prior to this auto show.

The majority of GAC’s offerings are of the crossover/ small SUV variety, so we’re hopeful that the EV will fall into that category too.

GAC provided us with some background on itself, as well as some info on its North American launch:

“GAC Motor has achieved more than 80% average compound annual growth rate for six consecutive years. The company has sold 370,000 vehicles in 2016, a 97% year-on-year increase that makes the company the fastest growing auto brand in China while establishing sales and services networks in 14 countries as the company expands further in the international market, including the recent mega launch events of GS4 in Bahrain and Nigeria and tripling the number of cars sold in Bahrain a year after entering the market as the best-selling Chinese auto brand in the country.”

“In addition to the major new vehicle launch at the NAIAS, GAC Motor is also planning to release its vehicles in the North American market in 2018 after the market survey, obtaining certification and regulation and communicating with potential dealers.”

We’ll have more on GAC’s EV live from NAIAS.

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6 responses to "China’s GAC Will Unveil Undisclosed Pure Electric Vehicle At 2017 NAIAS"

  1. CDAVIS says:

    Hopefully (just to keep it fair) there will be an import duty tax on Chinese cars coming into America…similar to the current import duty tax (up to 200%) the Chinese place on American cars.

    1. Yogurt says:

      Hard to say that wouldnt be fair but dont forget if they want to build cars here they would need to find a US partner for 50% ownership…
      While entirely fair the only problem with that is America is now a 2nd rate market compared to China…
      GM sold over 1 million more cars in China last year than it did the US…

      1. CDAVIS says:

        @Yogurt said: …they would need to find a US partner for 50% ownership…”
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        Currently it’s the Chinese (not the Americans) that have the 50% local ownership rule. Chinese can 100% own an American car plant but Americans can’t own a Chinese car plant without a 50% Chinese partner… very lopsided!

        1. PJ says:

          While what you say is true. Don’t kid yourself into thinking that America doesn’t screw over most other countries and bend the rules massively in its own favor

          1. Samwise says:

            Every small country that trades with the US can confirm this.
            They regularly have free trade, ohh but that doesn’t include products x, y and z of course! Oh and we will require you to implement laws a,b and c, now aren’t you glad you signed up to this no strings attached US free trade agreement!

          2. CDAVIS says:

            @PJ, Do you have a specific example of American trade rule bending?

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