Chinese company already has a partnership with FCA.
Chinese automaker GAC Group plans to show a car at the 2017 Detroit auto show. The company last attended Detroit in January 2015, when it showed off its GS4 crossover that’s now on sale overseas.
GAC has not yet said which vehicle it will display at the upcoming Detroit show, but the company’s announcement suggests GAC plans to eventually start selling cars in the U.S.
“As we look to establish ourselves as a global brand we are optimistic we can gain more momentum following the announcements we will make this coming January in Detroit,” GAC Group vice chairman president Zeng Qinghong said in a statement.
When it was shown in Detroit in 2015, the GAC GS4 crossover was said to have a 1.3-liter turbocharged engine and a spacious interior, surrounded by sheetmetal sculpted with the company’s “Flying Dynamics” styling language.
If GAC does plan a return to the U.S., it’s possible it will leverage its connection with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The two companies have a partnership to build the Jeep Cherokee and Renegade in China (under the company name GAC FCA), as well as the Fiat Viaggio, a rebranded Dodge Dart. A report in Italian paper il Giornale also suggests that FCA and GAC may be close to establishing a partnership that goes further than simply manufacturing.
If GAC does begin selling cars in the U.S., it will be the only Chinese automaker to do so. There are, however, two Chinese-built cars currently available in the American market: The new Buick Envision crossover, and the Volvo S60 Inscription.
Source: North American International Auto Show