LAS VEGAS, NEV. – When the ribbon is cut on Friday morning opening the 2018 National Automobile Dealers’ Association Convention and Expo, there will be one very interesting new vendor looking to interest dealers.
Chinese automaker GAC Motor has said it would have booth space for the first time at the penultimate dealer show as it looks to officially kick off the company’s development of a dealership network in North America.
“In light of our announcement to enter the U.S. market in 2019 at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), coming to the NADA Show is a perfect start for GAC Motor to build partnerships and develop our dealership network in the North American market,” said Yu Jun, president of GAC Motor.
“We hope to enhance GAC Motor’s reputation, lay a solid foundation for a future sales network and further demonstrate our determination to enter the U.S. market at the NADA Show. We’ve been negotiating with a lot of local dealers, and we welcome more to join us in Las Vegas.”
GAC Motor said it would be showing off a number of models including GS8, GS4, GM8 and GA4.
The GS8 SUV was released in October 2016 and is a top-ranked model in China’s 7-seat segment. GM8, the brand’s first minivan was released two months ago, while GA4 debuted in January in Detroit at the 2018 North American International Auto Show. GAC Motor’s best-selling SUV model, GS4, ranked among the top three in the SUV market with 841,410 cars sold since April 2015.
The automaker also said it would host a GAC Motor dealer gathering on March 23 in the Four Seasons Hotel.
GAC Motor, China’s fastest-growing automaker, sold 508,600 vehicles in 2017, a 37 per cent year-on-year growth rate. In the first two months of 2018, the company notched 95,136 units sold marking a 20.3 per cent year-on-year increase.
“By participating in NADA, we hope to speed up the building of our global dealership network. GAC Motor has always insisted on building high-end, world-class products with a craftsman’s spirit,” Yu added.