DETROIT — Chinese-designed cars assembled in Mexico will be sold in the United States within five years — maybe through big-box retailers such as Wal-Mart — industry veteran Kathleen Ligocki said.
In August, Ligocki, 52, was named CEO of GS Motors, the automotive arm of Grupo Salinas, a conglomerate in Mexico City.
GS Motors plans to produce Chinese-designed cars at a plant being built in Michoacan, Mexico, with China's First Auto Works. The plant will assemble cars starting in 2010 with an ultimate annual capacity of 100,000 units.
"I think the product will be ready for the U.S. market within five years," Ligocki said last week at the Automotive News World Congress.
GS Motors offered three imported Chinese subcompact models in Mexico last year. Sales totaled 4,000 units.
Sales will expand in Latin America, then to Canada and ultimately to the United States, Ligocki said. GS Motors is the first volume producer of Chinese vehicles in North America.