(BLOOMBERG) — General Motors Co. (GM), the largest foreign automaker in China, said it won regulatory approval to build a Cadillac factory to boost sales of luxury vehicles in the world’s biggest automobile market.
The National Development and Reform Commission has signed off on the plant, which will be located in Shanghai’s Jinqiao zone, with construction beginning in June, Dayna Hart, a GM spokeswoman, said in an e-mail today. Investments will total at least 8 billion yuan ($1.3 billion) and annual production capacity will be 150,000 units, she said.
The plant would allow GM to avoid paying China’s 25 percent import tariff as it seeks to bolster Cadillac sales in the country. The move is part of Chief Executive Officer Dan Akerson’s plans for the luxury brand to compete with Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW)’s BMW and Volkswagen AG (VOW)’s Audi.
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