Analyst Rebecca Lindland of IHS Automotive said Akerson's projections are realistic because "GM is well-known and well-respected in China. Buick continues to do incredibly well there, and everybody knows that GM and VW got in early. They are the models for how to do biz in China."

Lindland said her firm's current projections for Cadillac in China are conservative, with sales of 100,000 in 2020, but added, "We don't make plant assumptions until we find out that GM is absolutely going to build there. It's a no-brainer that with a new plant, GM could cover the vast majority of the demand for the ATS and the SRX and the STS, and I could see us becoming much more aggressive with our numbers." -- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.

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