China’s GAC Makes History at the Detroit Auto Show With 3 New Cars

GAC Motor lineup

GAC Motor lineup | GAC Motor via Facebook

State-owned Chinese automaker GAC unveiled three cars on Monday at the 2017 Detroit auto show, in what was the company’s third appearance at the show. The cars were the GS7 SUV, GE3 electric hatchback and EnSpirit concept.

GAC’s first appearance at the Detroit auto show was in 2013, when it presented a trio of vehicles including the GS5 SUV that featured in the movie “Transformers: Age Of Extinction,” and in 2015 it presented the GS4 SUV. However, in both years the automaker’s stand was only on the sidelines of the show.

In 2017, it was the first time GAC—or any Chinese automaker for that matter—had a stand on the main floor.

GAC GS7 | GAC Motor via Facebook

GAC GS7 | GAC Motor via Facebook

The most promising of GAC’s vehicles on display was the GS7, an SUV similar in size to the BMW X3 and designed to seat five. Under the hood is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, both developed in-house. Peak output is a claimed 198 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque.

The GS7 will start sales in China next month under the Trumpchi brand, GAC’s main brand for passenger vehicles. GAC also has the brand Gonow which sells both passenger and commercial vehicles.

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