By on January 25, 2010

GM and VW are the undoubted leaders in the biggest car market in the world, and despite challenges from homegrown upstarts like BYD, analysts say that the two global majors are best positioned to take advantage of their leadership in China. But now strategies they are a-changing. Recently, TTAC reported that VW seemed to be getting cold feet about expanding their capacity, but GM seem to have come to the opposite conclusion. Reuters reports that GM expects that they will need to build a new manufacturing plant to allow the growth of their Chinese division to continue. “We expect to sell more than 2 million units this year,” Kevin Wale, managing director of GM China, said. “We have enough capacity to build the cars we need to sell this year and we need to continue to look for ways of increasing our capacity. That will mean we will have to add a new plant some time in the near future.” The plant won’t be built this year because, according to Mr Wale it would be “physically impossible” to move so quickly, but with current GM China plants adding new shifts and expanding current production lines, it seems like their current facilities are just about tapped out. Maybe they could use some of their excess capacity in the United States? Er, maybe not.

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