Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) is making its Detroit Auto Show debut this year, showing off a trio of green vehicles as an opening volley in its bid to move among the world’s largest carmakers. Indeed, GAC is the only Chinese participant at NAIAS 2013, and they have brought along an impressive array of green cars, none of which are currently in the pipeline to be sold in the U.S. Even so, their all-electric SUV, called the GS5, has a 100-mile range, a 35-kWh lithium battery pack, and a 200 horsepower output. Also on hand are GAC’s hybrid Trumpchi and the futuristically named NEV E-Jet, a concept car similar to the Chevy Volt.
For a bit more about the E-Jet concept, and some photos fresh from the floor of the Detroit Auto Show, see the short video clip below.
GAC is a subsidiary of Guangzhou Automobile Industry Group. Currently, the company is known in China for its large joint venture with Japanese automaker Honda, whereby GAC produces some Honda cars in China. The sixth largest carmaker in its home nation, GAC manufactured 728,000 vehicles last year. The 16-year-old corporation began as a tiny entity but has grown to the level where it is threatening to break into the coveted ‘top five’ elite automakers of China’s burgeoning industry.
Early last year, GAC was listed for the first time on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, a sign that the corporation has arrived in the Asian auto market. Much of GAC’s sponsorship activity revolves around the international table tennis circuit. In fact, GAC is the main sponsor of the upcoming World Table Tennis Championships, a major event in Asia, and one which will this year be held in the company’s hometown of Guangzhou, China.
For more about GAC (Guangzhou Automobile Group Co Ltd is its official name), see the company’s English language website.