SHANGHAI — Industry insiders say General Motors Corp. is working on plans to build the Opel Corsa at its Shanghai joint-venture production facilities.

Elsewhere, GM recently announced that it plans to launch the Corsa notchback sedan, which it says falls in the lower end of the mid-size segment, simultaneously in the Asian, South American and African markets in early 2000. In Asia, it plans to build the car at a plant in Halol, India, specially tailored for the Indian market.

GM China officials say that though the company has been working on a Chinese small-car project for several years, it has nothing to announce at this time.

GM imports the mid-size Opel Vectra CD sedan to China, recently delivering its 1,000th vehicle to a Chinese customer. GM officials say the Vectra, which sells for RMB315,000 (US$38,000), has been especially popular among private purchasers.