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GM begins work on Shanghai auto R&D center

General Motors Corp. broke ground on a new research facility intended to develop technologies for next-generation alternative fuel cars and lightweight materials, AFP reported. The facility, called the Advanced Technical Center, is expected to cost US$250,000,000 to complete by the end of 2011 and will support a 300-person staff complement, according to statements by GM China President Kevin Wale. It will have nine research labs and 62 test labs. GM expects to sell more than two million cars in China in 2010. The carmaker has relocated its international headquarters to Shanghai, also home to its primary joint venture partner, SAIC. (July 20, 2010)