Issue: Dec 2009


Guangzhou Automobile Selects MIRA as its Partner for a New Vehicle Programme



by Steve Barclay

Guangzhou Automobile Co. Ltd (GAC) and MIRA have signed a contract for MIRA to provide support on a new vehicle programme for GAC. Through a combined GAC/MIRA team of engineers, this engineering programme will help GAC to deliver its new passenger car to the market.

MIRA's involvement has been pivotal to the success of vehicle programmes for many global OEM's and with many of its emerging market customers, has gained a strong reputation for the provision of 'technology transfer' oriented engineering services. With proven effectiveness, such programmes have the dual goal of not only delivering first class products but also 'fast tracking' the development of the engineering capabilities of the customers own engineering team. At the signing ceremony, GAC Group Vice President and President of GAC's Automotive Engineering Institute (GAEI), Professor Huang Xiangdong, expressed his confidence in selecting MIRA as GAC's partner for this programme.

MIRA's CEO, Dr George Gillespie commented: “I am delighted to be working with GAC, one of the top 5 OEM’s in China, on such a project. Though the UK and China have such diverse cultures it has been pleasing to see how quickly our teams have integrated and we look forward to fully supporting GAC to see this programme successfully delivered.”

GAC have emerged as one of China's most successful vehicle manufacturers through their successful joint venture partnerships with Toyota, Honda and most recently Fiat. Slated for launched in 2010, this new vehicle will be the first passenger car to carry GAC's own brand and will be manufactured in a new, 6.8 Billion RMB purpose built facility in Panyu district of Guangzhou. Initial production volumes will be 100 thousand vehicles per year, rising to 250 thousand per year.

About MIRA…
MIRA Ltd is the global development partner to the automotive and defence sectors. MIRA's services encompass: vehicle design, development, certification & consultancy. A cornerstone of the industry, MIRA delivers tailored solutions ranging from turnkey vehicle design programmes, to individual tests. MIRA's customer base includes the major vehicle manufacturers, their Tier 1 & 2 supply chain and other independent consultancies throughout most of the vehicle-producing world.

At the UK HQ, a core of over 400 dedicated employees fuse the benefits of 32 major development facilities with advanced design & modelling techniques to slash both development timescales and the requirement to build costly prototypes in quantity.

MIRA's main development centre is concentrated into a highly secure 760-acre site in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. From this base and 9 others and around the globe, clients access a technically compelling service. Operating across the whole range of transport technologies, MIRA provides particular expertise in I.T.S., low carbon engineering, occupant and pedestrian safety, aerodynamics, thermal management, vehicle dynamics, NVH, electrical/electronic systems, powertrain integration and all aspects of durability.

MIRA is also responsible for the design and construction of numerous other proving grounds and major development centres worldwide. There can hardly be a more authoritative voice for the automotive industry.

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