Asia News: GM, SAIC and OnStar announce China telematics JV

Asia News:  GM, SAIC and OnStar announce China telematics JV

General Motors, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp (SAIC) and OnStar have announced the establishment of a telematics joint venture called Shanghai OnStar Telematics Co Ltd.

This is OnStar’s first venture outside of North America in its eleven-year history.

The Shanghai-based JV will provide a range of OnStar’s trademark in-vehicle safety, security and communication services similar to those currently available in the US and Canada, including advanced automatic crash notification, roadside assistance, remote door unlock, hands-free calling, vehicle diagnostics and turn-by-turn navigation.

Shanghai OnStar Telematics expects to begin rolling out its services in 2009, initially for vehicles manufactured and distributed in China by Shanghai GM.

GM subsidiary OnStar and SAIC subsidiary Shanghai Automotive Industry Sales Co (SAISC) each own 40% of Shanghai OnStar Telematics . Shanghai GM, a 50-50 joint venture of GM and SAIC, owns the remaining 20%.

During the past ten years, GM and SAIC have established eight joint ventures.

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