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General Motors and its Chinese joint-venture partners, SAIC and Wuling, have announced a new seven-passenger minivan for the world's most populous country.

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General Motors has announced some changes at the top of its design group, led by Brian Nesbitt. The 42-year-old Nesbitt will be shipped off to Shanghai to become vice president of GMIO design, trading places with Ken Parkinson, who will assume the title of director of North American exterior design. Nesbitt will also double as the brand champion for Wuling and Baojun, while Parkinson will step in as the champion of the Chevrolet brand.The move will give Nesbitt experience in the Far East; an imp

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Baojun 630 Passenger Car – Click above for high-res image gallery

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While the German automakers – and Buick – mop up outrageous demand for their wares in China's major metropolitan and coastal cities, General Motors wants to be the nameplate of choice in the secondary cities and the interior. And now in conjunction with its joint-venture partners SAIC and Wuling, it has launched another nameplate: Baojun. Meaning "treasured horse," Baojun is the low-cost brand that will sell passenger cars built in China for priced in the area of $7,000.

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Currently, there are a few small manufacturers marketing in the small, three-wheeled vehicle segment. Obviously, ZAP comes to mind with their electric Xebra sedan and pickup truck. Bajaj sells small three-wheeled utility vehicles here as well. It looks like we can add Trifun to that list, as they reportedly plan to sell a few thousand three-wheeled vehicles this year in the U.S.

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Click image for a gallery of the GM China Chevrolet Spark

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Wuling Sunshine (above): The difference-maker?

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