DETROIT --- OnStar last week expanded its global reach, with Shanghai OnStar Telematics Co. Ltd. activating its first subscriber in China.

Lu Jianping from Yangzhou in Jiangsu Province received his new Cadillac Seville SLS on Dec. 20 and became the country's first OnStar subscriber.

"We are so pleased to have Mr. Lu Jianping as our first subscriber in China, and we welcome him to the OnStar family," said OnStar President Walt Dorfstatter. "After years of industry-leading innovation and phenomenal growth, we are proud to provide safety, security and peace of mind across the globe."

Shanghai OnStar Telematics Co. Ltd. is a joint venture of OnStar LLC, (a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors Co.), Shanghai Automotive Industry Sales Co. Ltd (part of the SAIC Group) and Shanghai General Motors (SGM).

Shanghai OnStar Telematics Co. Ltd. became operational earlier this month. SGM began rolling out the OnStar service on Cadillac vehicles, and will eventually make this service available on its full portfolio of products.

OnStar provides the following 14 services in China.

  • Automatic Crash Response
  • Emergency Services
  • Automatic Airbag Response
  • Vehicle Diagnostics
  • On Demand Diagnostics
  • Good Samaritan
  • Stolen Vehicle Location
  • Remote Door Unlock
  • Remote Horn and Lights
  • Roadside Assistance
  • Hands Free Calling
  • Point of Interest
  • Turn-by-Turn Navigation
  • Destination Download

SGM provides one year of OnStar as standard to customers with OnStar-equipped new vehicles. The service is available throughout mainland China and was launched in Mandarin Chinese.