State-owned Chinese automaker GAC Motor is determined to build up a presence in global markets and will return to the Detroit Auto Show this year to present its new GS4 compact crossover. This will be the first time GAC Motor debuts one of its vehicles outside of China, a move the automaker says reinforces its global drive.

GAC Motor first turned up to the Detroit Auto Show back in 2013, presenting a trio of vehicles including the GS5 small crossover that featured in the recent Transformers: Age Of Extinction movie. The GS4 is said to be a sportier offering than the GS5, although we don’t expect the performance to be all that impressive considering the vehicle will be offered with engines displacing no more than 1.5 liters.

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Outside of China, GAC Motor sells vehicles in the Middle East and a few Southeast Asian countries. GAC Motor has confirmed it plans to enter markets in Europe and North America but hasn’t given a timeline.

"The debut of GS4 at the North American International Auto Show will mark a milestone in GAC Motor's history because it shows that our products have met the international standards," Wu Song, general manager for GAC Motor, said in a statement. "The high-performance SUV is indeed a representative of Chinese brand vehicles which are able to compete in the global market."

In addition to the GS4, GAC Motor plans to present its WitStar and GA6 GT concept cars in Detroit. GAC will use the concepts to showcase its extended-range electric drivetrain technology, which it hopes will lure rival firms into forming a cooperation in the area of research and development.

The 2015 Detroit Auto Show gets underway January 12. In the meantime, additional coverage of the event can be accessed via our dedicated hub.


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