GM Shanghai, GM’s joint venture with SAIC, will begin the production of a hybrid system—a version of the Belt Alternator Starter system used in the Malibu, Aura, and VUE hybrids (earlier post)—in 2008. GM had indicated in 2006 that China would see a BAS implementation in 2008.
|The Riviera concept.|
The announcement came during the reveal of the new Buick Riviera concept at Auto Shanghai 2007. The Riviera, developed and launched in China, has been engineered to accommodate the new hybrid system, which reportedly will also be applied in the production version of the Buick LaCrosse in China.