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General Motors announced that the second phase of GM China Advanced Technical Center (ATC) will open in the second half of 2012.

The ATC is the advanced automotive technology development center in China. The second and final phase of the ATC will focus on advanced design, vehicle engineering, advanced powertrain development, urban mobility and manufacturing processes.

The construction started in late summer and is already almost one-fourth completed. The second phase will complement the first phase, the Advanced Materials Laboratory, which manages research and development of battery cells and lightweight materials.

The new battery testing facility is operational and has finished commissioning and correlation tests, with the lab having carried out testing of different batteries from selected Chinese suppliers. Tests will end in the first quarter of next year, after which the batteries will enter GM’s global battery qualification process.

Kevin Wale, presidend and managing director of GM China, said the local team is cooperating with teams around the globe to find solutions for sustainable development that will benefit China and the world. The 65,000 square-meters ATC will serve as the home of the China Science Lab, Vehicle Engineering Lab, Advanced Powertrain Engineering Lab and Advanced Design Center.