GM Will Launch 18 New Vehicles in China This Year by Michael Accardi January 20, 2017January 20, 2017 Share Comments General Motors has plans to conquer the most lucrative retail market in the world. This week GM Shanghai announced it would launch 18 all-new or refreshed models under the Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun and Wuling brands in China during 2017 alone; on its way to releasing 60 new models in the People’s Republic before 2020. Half of the models scheduled for debut this year are set to be SUVs or MPVs and are expected to build on SAIC’s record setting 2016 in which 3.87 million vehicles found new homes. “2017 will be an even better year for General Motors in China,” said GM Executive Vice President and President of GM China Matt Tsien. “We will continue to create safer, simpler and better ways for customers to move about productively and enjoyably.’’ Along with high-riding people movers, GM is also expected to continue focusing on alternative propulsion vehicles after introducing the Buick LaCrosse Hybrid, Chevrolet Malibu XL Hybrid and Cadillac CT6 Plug-In during 2016. Later this year SAIC’s battery assembly plant in Shanghai will come online to begin producing battery packs for the company’s ever expanding portfolio of hybrid and electric vehicles.