Jia Qinglin (C), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, attends the completion as well as the production line start ceremony of Beijing's production base for high-end automobiles of indigenous brands, in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 27, 2012. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)
BEIJING, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Senior leader Jia Qinglin has officially launched a high-end production base for Beijing Automotive's Chinese branded automobiles.
Jia, a member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Political Bureau, also visited the research and development (R&D) center of the BAIC Group (Beijing Automotive) as well as the national automotive testing center.
Jia said the automobile industry R&D center, was a platform for the BAIC Group (Beijing Automotive) to develop its own brands and would boost the group's R&D and innovation capacity.
Jia said it will also attract high-caliber scientists and technicians to Beijing, thereby promoting technological innovation of the capital city.
Jia also encouraged the center to play a bigger role in making the city a technological innovation hub with worldwide influence.
In the national automotive testing center, Jia learned about the operation's preparation works for launching bumper tests and third-party examinations.
Beijing's production base for high-end automobiles of indigenous brands, with a total investment of 6.018 billion yuan (963.6 million U.S.dollars) is the base for medium-and-high end cars and SUVs of the BAIC Group.
Located in Beijing Tianzhu Airport Economic Development Zone, the production base covers 1.06 million square meters.