Current Chinese-market Buick LaCrosse shown

When the curtain is raised on the 2007 Shanghai Auto Show (a.k.a. Auto Shanghai), GM will present the global debuts of two new concept vehicles. The first is described as an evolution of the Volt's E-Flex architecture, and it'll be joined on the stand by the Volt itself. The second concept comes from Buick, which has a strong presence in China already. According to GM, the Buick concept car will showcase the brand's forthcoming global design language. It's a product of GM's Shanghai-based Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), which, as we've previously reported, is responsible for the current Chinese LaCrosse and has been tapped to design the interior (and have input on the exterior) of the next-gen LaCrosse for North America. We're very interested in seeing what the future look of Buick is going to be, and will be paying close attention to the proceedings in Shanghai later this month. For now, we'll have to find a way to sate ourselves with the LaCrosse facelift and the mild visual update that went with the Lucerne Super, both of which are underwhelming, and both of which will be at New York this week.

[Source: GM China]

PRESS RELEASE:

GM to Unveil Two Global Concepts at Auto Shanghai 2007

Shanghai, China – For the first time ever, General Motors Corp. and its Chinese joint ventures will unveil two new global concepts in China at Auto Shanghai 2007.

The two concepts – the next iteration of the flexible Chevrolet Volt architecture, GM's extended-range electric passenger vehicle, and a stunning new Buick hinting at possible future directions for the brand worldwide – will showcase GM's latest achievements in automotive research and design in the world's fastest-growing vehicle market.

They will be appearing on the 4,500-square-meter stand of GM China and its Shanghai GM and SAIC-GM-Wuling joint ventures. The GM family in China will be displaying a total of 40 production and concept vehicles at Auto Shanghai 2007, which begins on April 22 and runs through April 28.

"This is a year of milestones for General Motors in China, with our Shanghai GM and Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint ventures celebrating their 10th anniversary and SAIC-GM-Wuling celebrating its fifth anniversary," said GM China Group President and Managing Director Kevin E. Wale. "Our exhibit at Auto Shanghai 2007 will demonstrate our commitment to working with our partners and joint ventures in order to expand our offering of products featuring the latest technology."

A highlight will be the Chevrolet Volt, which received tremendous acclaim upon its introduction at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this January. "That GM would choose Shanghai as the location to introduce the next iteration of the Volt is a reflection of how GM is contributing to the industry's long-term sustainable development by sharing its latest achievements and technologies with its friends and partners in China," Wale said.

The Buick concept car was developed to communicate the global design vocabulary of one of GM's most distinguished brands. A precursor of future global Buick design language, it was developed at PATAC in Shanghai, underscoring the automotive engineering and design center's growing capability and role within GM's engineering and design network.

Making their Asia debut at Auto Shanghai 2007 will be two models from GM's Opel brand from Germany: the Astra GTC with Panorama windshield and the Astra TwinTop. Shanghai GM will be showcasing additional products from Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and Saab, while SAIC-GM-Wuling will display several products from its mini-vehicle lineup.

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader for 76 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 280,000 people around the world. With global headquarters in Detroit, GM manufactures its cars and trucks in 33 countries. In 2006, nearly 9.1 million GM cars and trucks were sold globally under the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, HUMMER, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn and Vauxhall. GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com.

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