SHANGHAI -- Shanghai is pressing General Motors to boost investment and research and development in the city, the local government said on Wednesday.
Shanghai looked forward to General Motors bringing more high-end products and cutting-edge technologies to the sixth China International Import Expo this year, Shanghai's Communist party secretary, Chen Jining, said during a meeting with GM Chair Mary Barra, the city reported.
Barra's visit to Shanghai, her first since the COVID-19 outbreak, came as the U.S. automaker struggles with a sales slump in China, the world's largest auto market, due to its slow pace in introducing new electric vehicles.
Sales at its main joint venture with SAIC Motor Corp., which produces Cadillac and Chevrolet models, fell 11 percent in the first four months, according to SAIC filings.
GM said in November it would roll out more than 15 new EVs in China and build EV production capacity to more than 1 million units by 2025.