The GA8 features an intelligent lighting system with embedded LED headlamps.

The GA8 features an intelligent lighting system with embedded LED headlamps.

There is only one vehicle manufacturer from China with a booth at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) -- Guangzhou Automobile Group, or GAC for short. It is the second consecutive year the company has displayed its vehicles at the annual event in Detroit.

A company representative told me GAC wants to push into the North American market. If it gets the distribution, here are the cars you eventually will see in your dealerships.

1. The GA8 sedan, designed for “middle-class elites,” is the company’s biggest seller in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The original equipment tire size is 235/45R18 on an alloy wheel, and the car has a full-size spare. At the show, Michelin tires were on the vehicle.

GAC says the GS7 “will lead the new trend of authentic, tough SUVs.”

GAC says the GS7 “will lead the new trend of authentic, tough SUVs.”

2. The GS7 is the company’s new five-seat mid-size SUV. It features a new 200 horsepower engine and gets 27.6 miles to the gallon. The OE tire size options are 235/65R17, 235/60R18 and 245/55R19. At the booth, Continental tires were on the vehicle.

3. The GE3 is an electric vehicle developed using China’s new automotive energy platform. The OE tire size is 215/55R18. Continental tires were on this vehicle, too.

Also in the GAC booth was the EnSpirit concept car, a hybrid electric vehicle crossover vehicle. It was fitted with 255/40ZR20 Continental tires.

GAC can produce 350,000 vehicles annually at its two plants.

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Bob Ulrich
Bob Ulrich

Editor, Retired

Editor Bob Ulrich has earned a reputation as an industry expert thanks to his insightful, in-depth articles and blogs on the tire industry. Before joining Modern Tire Dealer in 1985, Bob earned a B.A. in English literature from Ohio Northern University. Also, he graduated from the University of Akron School of Law with a J.D.

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Editor Bob Ulrich has earned a reputation as an industry expert thanks to his insightful, in-depth articles and blogs on the tire industry. Before joining Modern Tire Dealer in 1985, Bob earned a B.A. in English literature from Ohio Northern University. Also, he graduated from the University of Akron School of Law with a J.D.

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