General Motors Co. has agreed with one of its Chinese joint venture partners to export China-made minivans to Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, as GM strives to make operations in the world's most populous country a pillar of future global growth.
Under the agreement, SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile Co. will rebadge its N200 series and N300 series mini commercial vehicles for overseas markets.
The vehicles will be sold as Chevrolets through GM's distribution network, General Motors China Investment Co. said today. The first shipment of 150 Wuling N200s products was scheduled to leave the port of Guangzhou today.
"This is an important example of how the new General Motors Co. is leveraging our global resources at the local level," Kevin Wale, president of GM China Group, said in a statement. "By taking advantage of our unique family of minivans built and sold in China, we will address the need of GM customers in several key markets for affordable transportation."