General Motors Corp. intends to begin production of minivans at its Shanghai Buick joint venture plant beginning in May 2000, China automotive industry insiders tell Ward's. Body shop assembly line equipment for the vehicles is being supplied by Comau Productivity Systems Inc., a Fiat SpA U.S. subsidiary that both builds and integrates assembly equipment. Called an All-Purpose Vehicle (APV) by the Chinese, insiders believe the new vehicle, which will begin test production in December, is ...

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