SAIC Motor, China’s largest publicly traded automaker, said it sold 4.01 million vehicles in 2011, up 11.9 percent from a year ago. The sales growth was much higher than the around 3 percent growth for the whole industry in the world’s largest auto market.
Following 32-percent growth in 2010, China’s auto market saw much slower growth this year after scrapping small-car tax incentives and imposing purchase restrictions in Beijing.
Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng urged the carmaker to have its own core technology and brands to build itself into a competitive transnational company.
The Shanghai-based SAIC Motor has set up research and development (R&D) centers in Shanghai, Nanjing and Britain’s Birmingham with a 2,000-member-strong R&D team, according to a press release.
The partner of Volkswagen and General Motors also said in the statement that it expects to unveil an own-brand plug-in hybrid car and an own-brand electric car next year.