Saabs built in China????

PROBLEM SOLVED – see below

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Edmunds isn’t immune from getting something wrong occasionally. None of us are.

But I found this to be curious:

As further proof of China’s growing clout on the global automotive stage, Shanghai General Motors said it will spend about $213 million to build China’s “largest and most comprehensive vehicle proving ground.”

The new proving ground will help Shanghai GM, which builds vehicles under the Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and Saab brands, continue to beef up its product portfolio.

Shanghai GM build Saabs?

This could be explained away as a single-occurence mistake – if it only happened once.

Over on the right there’s a caption, with a photo of a Saab 9-3 that reads as follows:

At Shanghai General Motors’ new proving ground in China, China-built products such as the Buick Park Avenue (pictured) and Saab 9-3 (pictured below) will be tested in the country where they’ll be sold.

Again, these products are described as being China-built, rather than China-sold or China-marketed. I know they’re building Buicks there and other stuff as well. But Saabs?

Questions are being asked. As you read this, I’m preparing queries for GM and Edmunds. As far as I know it’s not happening now, but Edmunds have a fair bit of access – what if there’s plans for this in the future that Edmunds have inadverdantly let slip?

I’ll let you know as soon as I know something.

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Edmunds query receipt #071016-000040

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PROBLEM SOLVED

It seems Edmunds have indeed made a mistake. The GM China press release says the following in relation to Saab:

Shanghai GM produces, imports, sells and services vehicles under the Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and Saab brands. Last year, it sold 413,367 vehicles.

Allow me to breathe the sigh of relief on your behalf…..phew.

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3 Comments

  1. Actually, from what I have seen earlier those Chinese designed and built Buicks will find their way to the US market. But I’m sure glad that is not the case with Saab.

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