General Motors has revealed it is planning a series of cars for Asia under its YGM banner. Rudy Schlais, president of GM Asia, said there are 'probably about four market segments we need to have for an Asian vehicle.'
YGM-1, a four-wheel-drive subcompact, was unveiled as a concept car last October at the Tokyo auto show. It is being developed in GM's technical development center in Melbourne, Australia, he said. Other models include a small van and a sport-utility. 'They are being worked on right now,' Schlais said.
YGM-1 is due in 2001. three variants will follow, Schlais said. YGM-2 will be aimed at the family-oriented segment, though schlais said he did not know where it would be built.
Despite its imminent launch, there was an internal battle over where to build YGM-1. In mid-September, GM announced that Suzuki would build both its and GM's version of the car. GM Chairman Jack Smith had been impatient for a decision, originally due by March. When Schlais heard about Smith's comment mid-August, he growled, 'In that case, get him to tell you what the decision will be.'