General Motors China opened the second phase of the GM China Advanced Technical Center, a research complex for several GM technical development and design programs, including the China Science Lab, Vehicle Engineering Lab, Advanced Materials Lab, Advanced Powertrain Engineering Lab and Advanced Design Center. Reportedly it includes 62 test labs and nine research labs, and employs up to 250 engineers, designers, researchers, and technicians.
The ATC is GM’s center of activity for advanced vehicle design, powertrain and vehicle engineering, “telematics,” and general R&D. Their work involves product differentiation and competitiveness for that market, especially in fuel economy.
GM has 12 joint ventures in China, two wholly owned foreign enterprises and over 35,000 employees. In all, it sold more than 2.5 million vehicles there in 2011, and has long been the sales leader among foreign vehicle manufacturers in that market.