Saic motor corporation limited (informally saic, formerly shanghai automotive industry corporation) is a chinese state-owned automotive manufacturing company headquartered in shanghai, china with multinational operations. one of the "big four" chinese automakers (along with chang'an motors, faw group, and dongfeng motor), the company had the largest production volume of any chinese automaker in 2014 making more than 4.5 million vehicles. its manufacturing mix is not wholly consumer offerings, however, as many (1,000,000+) saic passenger vehicles are pint-sized commercial vans. saic traces its origins to the early years of the chinese automobile industry in the 1940s, and saic was one of the few carmakers in mao's china, making the shanghai sh760. currently, it participates in the oldest surviving sino-foreign car making joint venture, with volkswagen, and in addition has had a joint venture with general motors since 1998. saic products sell under a variety of brand names, including those of its joint venture partners. two notable brands owned by saic itself are mg, a historic british car marque, and roewe, one of the few domestic chinese luxury car brands.