What’s claimed to be China’s fastest growing automaker by themselves, GAC Motor, debuted the brand’s first MPV – GM8 – at the 2017 Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition on this month, saying it will be at NAIAS in January “highlighting advanced design concepts and forward-looking technologies.”
The GM8 was created on GAC Motor’s level C platform and has captain’s seating, intelligent technologies and up-to-date safety and security equipment.
“The Chinese auto market is seeing a growing demand for spacious and practical MPV that can accommodate family and business needs,” said Yu Jun, president of GAC Motor. “With the all-around GM8, GAC Motor aims to refresh the high-end standards of Chinese MPV market and redefine its landscape in the new age of high-end vehicles.”
GAC Motor’s high-end lineup composed of MPV GM8, sedan GA8 and luxury SUV GS8 means the company is the first automaker to cover the mid- to high-end sedan, SUV and MPV market with a complete selection of luxury Class C vehicles.
The GM8 MPV is expected to debut in China on December 30 with a price range of 180,000-270,000 yuan (US $27,000-41,000).
GAC Motor’s second-generation self-driving vehicle, WitStarII, revealed at the 2017 Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition was developed based on the company’s first electric vehicle, GE3. It has high precision sensor solutions, including 64-beam Lidar, 360-degree camera and 77G millimeter wave radar that work under different road conditions.
“By taking a lead in creating new life with science and technology, GAC Motor has completed a high-end product lineup to meet the future trends while constructing a green and low-carbon auto lifestyle with the advantages in the new energy sector.”
Rod Alberts, executive director of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) and North America International Auto Show (NAIAS), attended GAC Motor’s preview at the 2017 Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition and officially invited GAC Motor to join the show next January.
GAC Motor is expected at NAIAS in 2018 with a extensive lineup, including he GM8, GA8, GS8, a new mass-production sedan GA4 and an all-new concept car.
Yu Jun said that the company’s strategic goal has always been creating a world-class Chinese brand that reaches the global market. So far, GAC Motor has established a global sales and service network in 14 countries covering Middle East, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and North America.
“GM8 marks a new milestone that completes our high-end product lineup, we are entering an all-new era as we position our brand towards the high-end market,” he said. “We are building the first North America R&D Center in Silicon Valley this year and planning to enter the North American market by 2019.”
Founded in 2008, Guangzhou Automobile Group Motor CO., LTD (GAC Motor) is a subsidiary of GAC Group that develops and manufactures vehicles, engines, components and auto accessories, achieving a year-to-year growth rate of 96% in 2016, the highest among all Chinese brands in the corresponding period. GAC makes Honda-branded autos. Actually, GAC company has five offshore partners supplying China. These include Fiat, Honda, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, and Toyota. Other brands linked with GAC are Everus and Hino.
GAC Motor now ranks the highest among all Chinese brands for five consecutive years in 2017 China Initial Quality Study (IQS). The company aims for production capacity of 500,000 vehicles by 2017 and of 1,000,000 vehicles by 2020.