At this year's Detroit auto show, GAC Motor, a division of China's Guangzhou Automobile Group, announced it would enter the U.S. market in 2019 with several car models.
The years of Chinese startups unveiling concept cars that never make it out of their domestic market are coming to an end. The GAC announcement looks to be just the beginning of a wave of industrial goods coming out of China in the near future.
Thanks to an aggressive economic development campaign known as Made in China 2025, China aims to go global in a host of manufacturing marketplaces, including aerospace, robotics, rail equipment, biopharma, power generation and, of course, cars — electric and internal combustion. These are industries that were once considered too technologically sophisticated for the low-cost mass production for which China became known over the past two decades.
That's where the Made in China initiative came into play. Launched in 2015, it has been dedicated to helping China take on top-tier manufacturers in the U.S., Europe and Japan by tapping cheap capital, searching out mergers and acquisitions, and attracting foreign investment.