As China's auto industry grows and evolves, partnerships between Chinese and non-Chinese companies are becoming more prevalent and more complicated. How have relationships changed? How are companies bridging the once deep cultural divide?
A panel of executives will address those topics at the Automotive News China Conference in Shanghai on April 20.
The participants include the CEO of the largest Chinese-owned supplier company based outside China, the head of an American company with plans to import China-made electric vehicles to the United States, and a key executive of a U.S. company with dealership operations in Beijing.
The panelists include Phil Murtaugh, who helped establish General Motors' operations in China and was recently named CEO of electric-car manufacturer Coda Automotive. Coda plans to launch sales of its electric car in the second half of this year in California.
Also participating is Peter Hage, executive vice president for business development for McLarty Cos., a U.S. dealership group. McLarty Cos. is run by Thomas McLarty, a former White House chief of staff whose family has owned car dealerships for decades.
As previously announced, Bob Remenar, CEO of Nexteer, the former Delphi steering business now under Chinese ownership, also will take part in the discussion.
The theme of the Shanghai conference is "Coming of age in China: How global companies can prosper in China; how Chinese companies can go global." The event will coincide with the Shanghai auto show.