Chinese carmaker Shenyang Brilliance Jinbei Automobile (Shenyang,
Liaoning; zhonghuacar.com) is apparently interested in taking over the
GM assembly plant in Azambuja / Portugal. Located near Lisbon, the
plant was closed at the end of 2006 as part of the company´s
cost-cutting measures. With its own European production facility, the
Chinese OEM - which made its debut in Europe with the "Zhonghua"
model - could avoid the import duty of 10% that has to be paid when
complete vehicles are imported into the EU.