Nikkei. SAIC Motor Corp., China's largest carmaker, plans to introduce a hybrid model under its own brand in 2010.
We have developed eight different automobiles that run on alternative energy sources, including models powered by hybrid engines, fuel cells and methanol. Shanghai General Motors Co. (a joint venture with GM) has introduced a hybrid version of the Buick LaCrosse that will hit the market by the end of the year.
Our goal for 2010 is to achieve a production capacity of 10,000 hybrids and commercialize a hybrid model under our own brand. We also hope to attain a certain level of achievement in fuel cell cars, with the aim of conducting a test run at the Shanghai World Expo (set for 2010).—SAIC President Chen Hong
The Shanghai General Motors Buick LaCrosse Eco-Hybrid uses the GM Hybrid System (Belt-Alternator-Starter). (Earlier post.)
The upcoming Auto China 2008 show in Beijing (20-28 April) is expected to feature a number of hybrid and electric vehicle introductions from domestic manufacturers.