• McLaren Automotive begins selling its range of innovative, high performance supercars – the 12C, 12C Spider and McLaren P1™, in China
  • The company has appointed retailers in Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu and Guangzhou
  • McLaren has held the first in a series of events celebrating the brand’s official entry into China

McLaren Automotive has officially commenced trading in China from this week.

The entry of McLaren Automotive into the major Chinese market has begun with the establishment of four new McLaren retailers in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chengdu, highlighting the continued progress of this exciting global car company.

China is the world’s number one automotive market and access to its growing base of consumers will provide a major opportunity for McLaren.  In time, it is anticipated that the Asia Pacific region will account for one third of global sales for McLaren, with China contributing a growing number of orders.

McLaren Automotive is a new and highly ambitious car company, and entry into China is the latest in a list of exciting and bold milestones it has reached.  In only its third year of trading, McLaren Automotive has already established a strong retail network in the majority of the world’s mature markets, with the four new retailers in China making 45 locations globally.

The company set itself an ambitious target from the outset, to launch a new model or derivative every year from launch and, despite challenging economic conditions, has kept this promise and is firmly on track with future plans for a full product range. Despite the global economic downturn, McLaren continues to meet its sales targets, selling over 1,400 cars in 2012; 80% of which were exported from the UK.

The groundbreaking 12C and 12C Spider models set new standards of innovation and capability in the high performance sportscar market, and the company recently celebrated the manufacture of the 3,000th 12C at the purpose-built McLaren Production Centre in Woking, England.

The McLaren P1™ is the latest model to be launched by the British brand, and sets new benchmarks for innovation and performance. Following an extensive development programme, it has now entered production, with the allocation for the Asia Pacific region already filled.

Ron Dennis, Chairman of McLaren Group and McLaren Automotive said: “Today, I am very proud to be able to represent McLaren as we mark the formation of McLaren China.  In recent decades, McLaren has grown to become a world class, highly innovative technology company that is never afraid to challenge convention. This approach has been applied to all our road cars, which utilise cutting edge technologies to deliver inspirational performance, coupled with high levels of efficiency. China is one of the most exciting and dynamic markets in the world where we will make every effort to be well received.  Our entry into China is an important day for McLaren and represents a significant milestone in the development of the company.”

Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Automotive added: “Entering the Chinese market is both a huge honour and a major opportunity for McLaren Automotive, and it highlights the continued development of the company. When McLaren Automotive was established it was set some very challenging objectives. By bringing three groundbreaking cars to market, developing a truly world-class manufacturing facility, and establishing a global retailer network, we have more than met those challenges and laid solid foundations for what, I believe, will be a very bright future.”

McLaren hosted a high profile launch event, ‘McLaren Uncovered’ in Shanghai today, which was attended by the company’s senior global management. The four retail locations will now open across China throughout the next month – Shanghai (12 September), Beijing (20 September), Chengdu (24 September), and Guangzhou (27 September).


About McLaren China:

McLaren officially launched in China in September 2013 with headquarters in Shanghai. McLaren currently has four dealerships in China – Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu and Guangzhou.

McLaren Shanghai

No. 208 Hubin Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai

McLaren Beijing

No. 48 Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing (Ground Floor of the Four Seasons Hotel)

McLaren Chengdu

No. 3, Floor 1, C Block, Maoye Center, No. 28 Tianfu Avenue North, Chengdu

McLaren Guangzhou

No. 22 Xiancun Road, Pearl River New Town, Tianhe District, Guangzhou (Ground Floor of the W Hotel)

About McLaren Automotive:

McLaren Automotive is a British manufacturer of luxury, high-performance sports cars, located at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking, Surrey.

Following the company’s global launch in 2010, McLaren Automotive launched the groundbreaking 12C and 12C Spider and, in keeping with its plan to introduce a new model each year, recently unveiled the McLaren P1™. The brand continues to expand, operating through a dedicated global network of retailers in every major automotive market.

McLaren Automotive Partners
To support the development, engineering and manufacture of its range of innovative and highly acclaimed sports cars, McLaren Automotive has partnered with world leading companies to provide specialist expertise and technology.  These include Akebono, AkzoNobel, ExxonMobil, Pirelli, SAP and TAG Heuer.

Designed for the track; Developed for the road

The connection between Formula 1 and road cars at McLaren is a natural process of experience, knowledge, principles and process transfer. Through the integration of 50 years of Formula 1 racing expertise and knowledge, and 20 years of heritage in producing landmark sports cars, McLaren Automotive designs, develops and builds the technologically advanced, groundbreaking and no compromise 12C, 12C Spider and McLaren P1™.

McLaren has pioneered the use of carbon fibre in vehicle production over the past 30 years, and since introducing a carbon chassis into racing and road cars with the 1981 McLar

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