TIMELINE-Deals between Western and China auto firms

July 22 (BestGrowthStock) – Chinese regulatory agencies are
expected to approve soon Zhejiang Geely’s purchase of Volvo
Cars, the final hurdle in the $1.8 billion deal signed in

Geely Chairman Li Shufu was appointed last week to be
chairman of Volvo Cars, while a chief executive for loss-making
Volvo would be appointed before the closure of the takeover,
which is expected in the third quarter, Zhejiang Geely Holding
Group, the parent of Geely Autombile, said in a statement.

Following is a TIMELINE tracing some of the proposed,
failed or ongoing deals between Western car makers and Chinese
companies reported over the last year:

June 3, 2009 – Little-known heavy machinery maker Sichuan
Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery unveils tentative deal to
buy GM’s Hummer. [ID:nN02495245]

July 6, 2009 – Italian automaker Fiat (FIA.MI: ) agrees to
50:50 joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Industry Group Co
Ltd [GAIGPA.UL] to produce car engines in China.

July 23, 2009 – GM [GM.UL] rejects bid from Beijing
Automotive Industry Holding Corp (BAIC) for its Opel brand;
keeps talking to rival bidders.

Oct 9, 2009 – GM signs deal to sell Hummer to an investment
partnership headed by China’s Tengzhong.

Oct 12, 2009 – Tengzhong seeks regulatory approval for
Hummer buy; aims to close deal by early 2010. [ID:nHKG219405]

Oct 28, 2009 – Ford chooses Geely as preferred bidder for

Dec 7, 2009 – GM in talks with BAIC about a partial sale of
Saab assets, including tooling and technology. [ID:nN07182598]

Dec 14, 2009 – BAIC buys Saab assets, including
intellectual property for its 9-5 and 9-3 sedans.

Dec 31, 2009 – Geely says has strong support from Chinese
government to acquire Volvo. [ID:nTOE5BU021]

January 2009 – Ssangyong (003620: ) files for bankruptcy in
South Korea, after posting four consecutive quarterly losses.
SAIC Motor Corp <600104, China’s largest automaker, bought the
South Korean SUV maker in October 2004 for $552 million.

Jan 26, 2010 – Geely to nearly double Volvo’s annual global
output with a new factory in Beijing as part of its plan to
pull Volvo out of the red by 2011, a source tells Reuters.

Feb 24, 2010 – Beijing rejects Tengzhong’s bid to buy
Hummer, prompting GM to say it will wind down the brand.

March 28, 2010 – Zhejiang Geely Holding Group signs deal to
buy Ford Motor’s (F.N: ) Volvo car unit for $1.8 billion, the
country’s biggest overseas auto purchase.

July 6, 2010 – European Union regulators approve the

July 15, 2010 – Zhejiang Geely says board chairman Li Shufu
will also be chairman of Volvo Cars.

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TIMELINE-Deals between Western and China auto firms