Tag: Kevin Wale

By on September 12, 2012

GM’s China boss Kevin Wale will retire his job on October 31, GM says. His will be replaced by Bob Socia, GM’s VP of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. (Read More…)

By on January 14, 2010

It’s not that hey don’t like Hummers in China. Picture courtesy thetycho.com

And another Wale of a story: Just as production of the Hummer H3 and H3T is c oming to an end in Shreveport, LA, Kevin Wale, Prez. of GM China, says he hopes Chinese regulators will finally approve the sale of Hummer to Tengzhong.

“I’m optimistic that it’s going to happen,” Wale told the Freep reporters on the sidelines of the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit. “Tengzhong is not an established manufacturer and that’s an issue that needs to be addressed with the Chinese regulators.” Uh-oh. (Read More…)

By on January 14, 2010

Why is this man smiling? Kevin Wale. Picture courtesy astroman.com

Kevin Wale, president of GM China, is convinced that China has passed the U.S. for good as the world’s largest auto sales market. He expects China’s growth to continue, creating a gap that will be too large for the U.S. to close, says AP.

As reported ad nauseam, vehicle sales in China last year rose 46.2 percent to 13.64m units. For this year, cautious industry association projections expect somewhere between 15m and 16m units to change hands.

Wale thinks Chinese auto sales will be anywhere between 14.5m to 15.5m by the end of this year. For the U.S., analysts predict 11.5m to 12m.

Very optimistic analysts reckon the two countries could be trading places until 2015 when China firmly takes the lead. Wale isn’t one of them.  He doesn’t think the U.S. will ever regain the lead. (Read More…)

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