OnStar Services in China Starting December

Shanghai OnStar Telematics, a joint venture between GM, SAIC and Shanghai GM, announced the launch of OnStar services in China in December and will be available on several Cadillac, Buick and Chevrolet models.

The service will provide 13 features to Chinese subscribers, as it follows: Automatic Crash Response, emergency services, Automatic Airbag Deployment Response, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, On Demand Diagnostics, Good Samaritan, Stolen Vehicle Location, Remote Door Unlock, Remote Horn and Lights, Roadside Assistance, Hands Free Calling, Point of Interest, Turn-by-Turn Navigation and Destination Download.

"The launch of Shanghai OnStar Telematics marks OnStar's first venture outside of North America and we couldn't be happier that China is our next market,"
said OnStar President Walt Dorfstatter. "China represents a huge opportunity to bring the safety, security, and peace of mind of OnStar to SGM customers. This new venture builds upon our leading position in the United States and Canada and our more than 14 years experience in the telematics industry."

"I'm excited that SGM customers will be first to enjoy the safety and connectivity that OnStar provides,"
said Ding Lei, President, Shanghai General Motors. "This underscores SGM's customer focus and drive for technological progress. It also improves SGM's products and services as well as market competitiveness."

General Motors said the service will be only available in China and will be initially offered in Mandarin Chinese. Further details, including pricing information, will be revealed closer to the launch date.

"Even though the OnStar system utilizes powerful and advanced technologies, it is simple and easy to use," said Chen Hong, President, SAIC. "OnStar's human connection makes it uniquely special and differentiates it from any other telematics services in the market. We are delighted to be able to offer this human touch to our Chinese customers."
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