In 1994, we started with five people working in two rented rooms at a Holiday Inn in Shanghai. We then rented half a floor of that building and eventually extended to two floors. Today, GM has more than 40,000 employees in nine cities in China. We launched our first vehicle that was manufactured in China, the Buick Century [similar to the Buick Regal in the United States], at the end of 1998 and started selling it in 1999. Last year, GM’s total China production and sales reached 2.3 million vehicles—nearly a 29 percent increase from the 1.8 million vehicles in 2009.
A Q&A from our archives with David Chen, the vice president of GM China Group.