BAODING -- Great Wall Motor Co. says it has formed a partnership with Valeo S.A. of France to produce a broad array of powertrain components, driver assistance systems, thermal systems and other parts.
In 2005, Valeo began to supply windshield wipers, generators and starters to Great Wall.
Valeo has been expanding its operations in China. In December, the company announced it would provide a complete electric powertrain for Beijing Automotive Industry Corp.'s concept electric car.
Separately, Great Wall also announced partnerships with Swedish airbag maker Autoliv Inc. and Shanghai Brose Automotive Components Co., a German producer of doors, seats and motors.
In a written statement, Great Wall indicated that its partnership with Autoliv would develop active and passive safety systems. Autoliv already supplies seatbelts and air bags to Great Wall.
Autoliv is based in Stockholm.
The Chinese automaker's partnership with Brose will produce door locks, cooling fans, window motors, door modules and other components.
Previously, Brose had supplied Great Wall with cooling fans. To serve Great Wall and Beijing Benz, Brose plans to set up a business unit in Beijing.
Brose, which is based in Coburg, Germany, is reputed to be the world's largest producer of door systems.
Great Wall, a privately held automaker, is China's largest producer of SUVs and pickups. In the first six months of 2011, the company's sales jumped nearly 40 percent year-on-year to 238,395 units.
By contrast, industry sales of light vehicles in China rose only 3.3 percent in the first half of 2011.