China's Changan Automobile Group announced that it will open a research and development (R&D) center in Detroit, MI. By setting its sights on the Motor City, Changan will become the first Chinese automaker with a R&D facility in the Detroit area.
According to reports, Changan's center will focus on researching automotive chassis technology, performance development, computer-aided engineering and manufacturing processes.

Changan's chairman, Xu Liuping said the automaker's Detroit facility "will play an important role in improving our global product development system and in capturing global auto technology trends."

Earlier this month, Changan struck up a lithium-ion battery deal with Korean-based LG Chem. The Chinese automaker has focused a significant amount of effort on the development of alternative technology vehicles such as the hybrid Jiexun, the battery-electric Ben Ben and a hydrogen-fueled concept car. Changan's partners include Ford and PSA Peugeot-Citroen. The Chinese automaker has established research centers in Britain, Japan and Italy, and operates an assembly plant in Mexico.

[Source: Reuters]

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