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									News                                                               General Motors   GM Communications

       For Release: 4:30 PM China / 4:30 AM EDT
       April 11, 2010
       Contact:    Hua Foley
                   (+86-21) 2898-7658 (O)
       For Release:(+86) 186-0115-5027 (C)
                     December 4, 2009
       Shanghai 16:00 hrs /Dehli 13:30 hrs /Detroit 3:00 hrs

       Contact: Michael Albano
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            GM and SAIC Debut
               World Expo 2010 Pavilion – The Road to 2030

       Shanghai – General Motors and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. opened their

       joint pavilion at World Expo 2010 Shanghai to the public for the first time Monday

       during an event attended by media and Expo 2010 officials.

       Reflecting the Expo 2010 theme of “Better City, Better Life,” GM and SAIC are

       providing a holistic experience, highlighting the future of sustainable mobility. As

       the joint global automobile partner of World Expo 2010 Shanghai, GM and SAIC are

       presenting a revolutionary mobility and transportation concept that looks ahead to

       the year 2030.

       “It is a vision of future driving that is free from petroleum, free from emissions, free

       from crashes, free from congestion, and at the same time fun and fashionable,” said

       Kevin Wale, President and Managing Director of the GM China Group. “We are proud

       to be showcasing solutions that will make this vision a reality at our corporate

       pavilion at World Expo 2010 Shanghai.”

The SAIC-GM Pavilion, which is situated in the Puxi Section of Shanghai Expo Park,

will officially open to the public on May 1.

The SAIC-GM Pavilion and the fluid lines of its exterior were inspired by nature and

an automobile body. Symbolizing the road to the future, the spiral design conveys

promise and progressiveness, outlining a road that links the present with the future.

Visitors will immediately be attracted to the pavilion’s outer curtain wall, which is

constructed of 4,000 curved aluminum panels.

The facade is accentuated by a 300-square-meter LED screen. Dubbed the “Angel’s

Eye,” the screen will feature video, pictures and useful information. It will also give

visitors a hint of what they can expect once they go inside.

Inside, the pavilion has been divided into Pre-Show, Main Show and Post-Show

areas, which highlight the theme of “Drive to 2030.”

Getting on the Road to 2030

The Pre-Show area sets the stage. Visitors will relive Shanghai’s fast development

over the past two decades. Five themed areas – Out of Gas, Traffic Jam, Parking

Difficulty, Traffic Accident and Difficulty Driving – will show some of the challenges

related to economic development and the growing number of motor vehicles.

Further into the pavilion, visitors will find that solutions to all of these challenges

have been found through sustainable mobility, enabled by electrification,

connectivity and autonomous driving.

Welcoming 2030

In the Main Show area, visitors will be shown into one of four theaters, each with a

curved screen that is 6.5 meters tall and 38 meters wide. All four screens have a

visual angle of 144 degrees. Seated in zero-delay motion seats, visitors will be

immersed in a movie created especially for the pavilion by a world-renowned team

of professionals.

The movie is entitled “2030, Xing!” It shows how electrification, networking and

autonomous driving will enable humans to coexist harmoniously with the natural

environment. Through the 10-minute film, SAIC and GM will convey how

tomorrow’s transportation will bring people and personal transportation closer


Among the concept vehicles being displayed are the EN-V, YeZ and Shell. GM’s EN-V

(which is short for Electric Networked-Vehicle) integrates electrification and

connectivity, redefining the DNA of the automobile. The two-wheel electric vehicle

also has autonomous driving capability, offering a practical solution for increasingly

crowded urban areas.

The YeZ highlights SAIC’s idea of a vehicle that can absorb CO2 and water

molecules in the air and, like an actual leaf, convert them into power for the vehicle

through a series of chemical reactions. It would work during both sunny and

overcast days while also being able to leverage wind power. This would enable

mobility with zero greenhouse gas emissions.

The Shell was also developed by SAIC. It is not only an automobile, but also a

bedroom, office and gym.

The partners will show that the urban area of the future will be much unlike our

cities of today. Traffic networks will crisscross each other in a neat fashion,

maximizing limited urban space. Integrated, levitated and elevated roads will

appear, merging trains and cars.

It will be an era of intelligent transportation powered by electricity, with vehicles,

buildings and public facilities seamlessly connected. It will also be an era in which

traffic congestion and traffic accidents are consigned to the history books.

At the conclusion of the movie, the four screens will fall, combining the four theaters

into one large arena. A stage show will offer a theatrical performance, with concept

vehicles interacting with live performers. The vehicles displayed in the movie will

then appear on a rising stage with melodious music playing in the background. This

will demonstrate that the vision portrayed in the movie is already on the road to

being realized.

2030 is Coming

In the Post-Show area, visitors will again see that the 2030 vision portrayed in the

movie is achievable. They will have the chance to get close to the vehicles shown in

the movie in addition to other advanced technologies that GM and SAIC are working

on. The setting will be framed by the city of the future.

The Post-Show area has eight sections: Welcome Corridor, Traffic Hub, Satellite City,

Central Business District, Apartment Life, Window to the Future, Future Outlook,

and Souvenir Sales. They will show the vital link of the automobile in people’s lives

while further educating visitors about SAIC and GM’s vision of urban transportation

in 2030.

In the Future Outlook section, visitors will interact with the year 2030. They will be

able to have their pictures taken in 2030. They will be able to access their photos on

the official pavilion website using a password. Before leaving the Post-Show area,

SAIC-GM Pavilion visitors will be able to purchase souvenirs to remind themselves

of their journey into the future.

Visiting the SAIC-GM Pavilion

Those who wish to visit the SAIC-GM Pavilion can now book their reservations

online at the official pavilion website ( Fast passage is being

made available for visitors who book online. Additionally, visitors will be able to

make reservations on site or wait in line at the pavilion on the day they wish to visit.

World Expo 2010 Shanghai runs from May 1 through October 31.

General Motors, one of the world's largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908.
With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 204,000 people in every major
region of the world and does business in some 140 countries. GM and its strategic
partners produce cars and trucks in 34 countries, and sell and service these vehicles
through the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden,
Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM is the joint global automobile partner of
World Expo 2010 Shanghai along with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. Group
(SAIC). More information on the new General Motors can be found at

As one of the top 3 automotive corporations in China, Shanghai Automotive Industry
Corporation (Group) (“SAIC” for short) is mainly engaged in manufacturing, sales,
research and development, and investment in passenger cars, commercial vehicles
and components, as well as related services trade and financial business. In 2009,
SAIC once again topped the Chinese automotive groups for a sales volume of over

2.72 million units of vehicles. In 2009, the company also entered the Fortune Global
500 list for its consolidated revenue of $24.88 billion (2008), ranking 359. More
information please visit


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