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U.S. automakers show new cars in China

Christine Tierney / The Detroit News

Beijing -- General Motors Co. and its Chinese venture partners are displaying 37 production and concept vehicles at the Auto China 2010 show here, including a Chevrolet Volt MPV5 electric crossover making its global debut.

GM is introducing a Chevrolet-badged hatchback called the New Sail, too. Its Aveo RS show car, hinting at the next-generation Aveo subcompact, is being shown in China for the first time.

GM is showing three Buick models built on the automaker's global platforms: an Excelle XT hatchback, and the Regal and LaCrosse sedans. It will highlight the 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection engines that will power its Sport Regal 2.0T and Excelle XT 1.6T hatchback.

Cadillac is displaying two vehicles in China for the first time: the XTS Platinum concept and electric Converj show car.

"We are proud to once again be introducing to the people of China a broad range of vehicles built and sold in China by GM and our joint ventures," said Kevin Wale, president of GM China Group.

Ford Motor Co. is showing its Ford Edge crossover, new Fiesta subcompact and the next-generation Focus compact.

"Ford is showing the future shape of Focus because it will be the flagship of an important new portfolio of up to 10 vehicles from one new global platform," Ford said.

Also at the green-themed Beijing show, Ford will display a new concept car and showcase its EcoBoost technology combining direct fuel injection and turbocharging to save fuel without reducing performance.

Chrysler Group LLC will display vehicles from all three brands -- Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge -- but a spokesman said the company was not introducing new models here.

GM is showing the EN-V two-wheeler concept, which was first unveiled last month in Shanghai, and will be featured at the SAIC-GM Pavilion in the World Expo 2010 Shanghai.

GM's vehicles in Beijing will be displayed on the stands of its joint ventures with SAIC, Wuling and FAW. The SAIC-GM-Wuling venture will display three models, the Hong Guang multipurpose vehicle, and the New Sunshine and Rong Guang minivans, and the Jiefang brand from FAW-GM, GM's light commercial vehicle joint venture, will show a light duty truck.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20100422/AUTO01/4220462/1148/auto01/U.S.-automakers-show-new-cars-in-China#ixzz0lvbUEZ9O

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