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General Motors plans to introduce 15 new and refreshed models in 2018 with its joint ventures in China, aiming to strengthen the sales momentum in the world’s largest automotive market.

GM will sharpen its focus on the segments with the strongest consumer demand, such as SUVs, MPVs and luxury vehicles. About half of the company’s upcoming products this year will be SUVs and MPVs, while Cadillac will strengthen its portfolio to continue its strong momentum in China.

The automotive industry is transforming globally, which provides unprecedented opportunities for us to exceed with our strong understanding of consumers’ needs. We will continue to work actively with our partners in China to bring the best electrification solutions and advanced technologies to the market.

—Matt Tsien, GM executive vice president and president of GM China

China, which has been GM’s biggest retail market for six consecutive years, is also expected to play an important role in the company’s global move toward a future of “zero emissions, zero crashes and zero congestion”. A substantial share of GM’s 20 new zero-emission vehicles to be introduced by 2023 globally will be sold in China. The company plans to bring the Super Cruise driving assistance system to China in the future, as part of its journey toward zero crashes.

To support the move toward zero crashes and zero congestion, GM will continue to explore new connected vehicle opportunities after having successfully demonstrated this Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) capability on public roads outside the Jiading Auto Innovation Park in Shanghai last year.

GM and its joint ventures achieved record annual sales of 4.04 million units in China last year, up 4.4% from the year earlier.

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