Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center

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Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center Co. Ltd
FoundedShanghai, China June 12, 1997 (1997-06-12)
Pudong, Shanghai
Key people
  • Mark LaBaere (president)
  • Liu Qiming (Executive vice president)
  • Wu Donghai (Vice president)
  • Frederique Klein (Vice president and CFO)
ServicesLocalisation of global GM vehicles for China, new developments
Number of employees
2000 (in 2011)
Buick Riviera Concept car developed by PATAC
Chevrolet Sail developed by PATAC

The Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (or PATAC) is a joint venture between General Motors and SAIC Motor. It is a design and engineering center in Pudong, Shanghai, China, and is involved in engineering for Shanghai GM products, but also functions as one out of six technical development and design centers worldwide of General Motors.[1]


PATAC has prepared several global GM vehicles for the Chinese market. From PATAC's own development come the Chevrolet Sail and the second generation Buick GL8. The facelifted Chevrolet Aveo (T200) sedan was also designed in collaboration with PATAC. The centre is also creating every two years a concept car, a total of seven until 2013. Among them two concepts of a new Buick Riviera, in 2007 and 2013.

PATAC disposes of various facilities for design and for motor vehicle development and evaluation, among them a climate wind tunnel, opened on March 27, 2012.[2]

PATAC also manages together with Shanghai GM the 5.67-square-kilometer proving ground in Guangde County, Anhui (31°02′39″N 119°25′33″E / 31.044266°N 119.425751°E / 31.044266; 119.425751) with 60 km test roads, opened on September 22, 2012.[3][4]

The joint-venture PATAC is not to be confused with GM China's own GM China Advanced Technical Center (ATC), which is located in Shanghai next to the GM China headquarters.[4][5][6][7]

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  1. ^ "Pan Asia Will Participate More in Global Design". (Press release). 2008-04-28. Retrieved 2 October 2013. (PATAC) nowadays has not only dedicated to localized transformation as it did ten years ago but also took part in the global development of GM.
  2. ^ "PATAC's Vehicle Climate Wind Tunnel Unveiled". (Press release). 2012-03-27. Retrieved 1 October 2013. The first and the only one built by vehicle manufacturer in China
  3. ^ "SGM/PATAC Guangde Proving Ground Opened". (Press release). Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  4. ^ a b "About GM China". 2013. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Latest News : GM China's Advanced Technical Center underway". Automotive Testing Technology International. n.d. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2013. The new facility will complement GM’s engineering and product development partnerships in China, including the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) in Shanghai and the China Automotive Energy Research Center (CAERC) in Beijing.
  6. ^ "GM China Advanced Technical Center Phase I Opens in Shanghai". (Press release). 2011-09-21. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  7. ^ "GM China Opens Phase II of Advanced Technical Center". (Press release). 2012-11-29. Retrieved 3 October 2013.