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Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation
Type Public
Headquarters Shanghai, China People's Republic of China
Key people Hu Maoyuan
Industry Automotive
Products Automobiles
Website www.saicmotor.com

The Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SSE: 600104) (simplified Chinese: 上海汽车工业(集团)总公司traditional Chinese: 上海汽車工業(集團)總公司pinyin: Shànghǎi Qìchē Gōngyè (Jítuán) Zǒnggōngsī; abbreviated 上汽 Shàngqì or SAIC, pronounced ['sei-ɪk]) is a Chinese automobile manufacturer which ranks the third among the "Big Five" Chinese automakers (the other four are First Automobile Works, Dongfeng Motor Corporation, Chang'an Motors, and Chery Automobile).

SAIC partnered with General Motors to form Shanghai GM, SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile, and the Pan-Asia Technical Automotive Center. SAIC also partnered with Volkswagen Group in the formation of Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive.

SAIC bought a 20% stake of Chery in 2001 but it was sold back to Chery in 2004 and in late 2004 took a 51% stake of SsangYong Motor Company.

On December 2007, SAIC took over the Nanjing Automobile company, albeit dubbed a merger[1]

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Brands

Car brands owned by SAIC:

SAIC's Joint Ventures:

Other automotive companies owned by SAIC:

  • Shanghai-Sunwin Bus Corporation
  • Shanghai-Huizhong Automotive Manufacturing
  • Shanghai-Xingfu Motorcycle
  • Shanghai-New Holland Agricultural Machinary
  • Shanghai-Pengpu Machinary

Green tech investment

The parent of SAIC Motor Corp is investing until 2011 $930 million to develop and manufacture clean energy vehicles. One-third of the investment will go to research and development of green cars and the rest is to be invested in green technology vehicle and component manufacturing. SAIC will launch its hybrid Roewe sedans in 2010 and electric cars by 2012. It will outsource green cars batteries to BYD Co.

MG Rover-SAIC incompleted negotiation

In August 2004, it was learned that SAIC was in talks to buy Britain's MG Rover Group. In November, it was announced that SAIC could take a 70% stake in a joint venture company shared with MG Rover in return for its £1 billion investment.

In March 2005, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) and Nanjing Automobile Corporation (NAC) announced their intentions of acquiring 50% and 20% shares of MG Rover respectively.

However, in April 2005, it emerged that SAIC would not proceed with the MG Rover deal, after concerns about the British automaker's financial stability. This news sent MG Rover into administration receivership.

SAIC had claimed that it had already acquired Intellectual Property Rights in some Rover products for £67 million in the autumn of 2004, including the Rover 25, the Rover 75 and the Rover Powertrain K-series engine, but the Administrators advised that there was still interest in saving some other parts of the company, including MG, and Friday, 13 May 2005 was set as the deadline for bids from potential investors.

In June 2005, it emerged that SAIC held the rights to the MG TF sports car. Commentators in the British media claimed that the rights were transferred by its former owner, MG Rover, to SAIC accidentally.

SAIC bid for MG Rover assets but on 22 July 2005, the Nanjing Automobile Corporation purchased the British Group for £53 million.

Having bought the rights to a number of Rover models, the group tried to purchase the Rover name from BMW Group for £11m, but this bid also failed and the Rover brand eventually went to the Ford Motor Company Inc. of the USA after its exercised its right over the name following its purchase of Land Rover in 2000.

The company has plans to release an updated version of the Rover 75 as the 750, under the main brand name of Roewe.

At the end of 2007, Nanjing Automobile Corporation entered Chinese Government-supported talks with SAIC about a possible merger. Their cars, MG 7 (NAC) and Roewe 750 (SAIC) share mechanical features. The takeover was completed on 26 December 2007, transferring all NAC assets to SAIC ownership, including the MG name and the Longbridge factory in the British West Midlands.

In December 2008, SAIC has been in talks with Ford to purchase Volvo for $6 billion.[2]

Bankruptcy of Ssangyong Motors and technology theft

In late 2004 SAIC bought a 51% stake of SsangYong Motor Company and took over management. In January 2009, after recording a $75.42 million loss, the company was put into receivership. This may have been due to the global economic crisis and shrinking demand.[3] Company employees and analysts have also blamed SAIC for stealing technology from the company and failing to live up to its promise of continued investment.[1] SAIC denied allegations of technology theft made by company employees,[2]. However, SAIC was charged by the South Korean prosecutor's office for violating company regulations and the South Korean law when it ordered and carried out the transfer of Ssangyong's proprietary technology developed with South Korean government funding over to SAIC researchers.[3]

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