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GM to add four plants

General Motors plans to expand its China capacity adding four plants and 6000 workers over the next three years.

General Motors plans to expand its China capacity 30 per cent over the next three years, adding four plants and 6000 workers, executives said at an event in Shanghai.

The investments will bring GM's manufacturing capacity to five million units in China, or more than half the number of vehicles GM made globally in 2012. GM and its joint venture partners will also expand dealerships to 5100 from 3800 at the end of 2012.

GM plans to focus on sport-utility vehicles and luxury models, introducing nine new or refreshed SUVs over the next five years. GM and its joint venture partners were planning to invest $US11 billion in capital expenditures till 2016, said Bob Socia, who runs GM of China.

"We are focusing on two market segments -- luxury and SUV,'' Mr Socia said.  "We expect Cadillac sales to go from 30,000 last year to 100,000 in 2015.''

GM, based in Detroit, is quickly moving its centre of power to China. Mr Socia also said GM planned to expand its exports from China to 300,000 by 2015, up from 77,000 in 2013.