GM Wins Environmental Approval for New $1.1B Plant in China

By FOXBusiness

General Motors (NYSE:GM) has won approval from an environmental authority group in China for a new $1.1 billion vehicle assembly plant.

While the Detroit automaker says it has not yet decided on plans for the facility, it would have an eventual annual capacity of 300,000 vehicles, according to the Hubei Environmental Protection Bureau.

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However, there are likely several more steps of approval it has to attain before GM gets the go ahead to start construction.

General Motors has been expanding production capacity in China and continues to see year-over-year improvements amid strong demand in the world’s biggest auto market. In January, GM said sales grew 25.3% in China, its second highest-ever sales for the month.

In 2011, sales climbed 8.3% to a record 2.5 million vehicles.

Shanghai GM, a joint venture between the automaker and state-owned SAIC, already has four vehicles manufacturing plans in China, two of which are currently being expanded.