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Daimler, Baidu team up in connected-car venture

May 26, 2015 12:24 CET

Daimler will team up with web services company Baidu to make software available in its Mercedes cars sold in China. Services will include a feature that allows users to access content such as music and Internet services from smartphones via their dashboards....
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VW opens new China car plant despite slowing sales

May 26, 2015 10:51 CET

Volkswagen Group has expanded production in China with a new car plant despite slowing sales in the market. The $194 million factory can build up to 300,000 VW brand and Skoda vehicles a year....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Japanese automakers fear new outbreak of anti-Japan sentiment in China

7:51 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

With the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II approaching, Japan is watching nervously to see whether its carmakers will be hit by another anti-Japan backlash in China....
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Borgward's revival plan comes into focus

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Bankrolled by a Chinese truckmaker and run by a former Daimler executive, Borgward's revival is starting to look real....
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GM promotes former Opel engineer to Asian tech center chief

May 23, 2015 06:01 CET

General Motors named former Opel engineer Tobias Suenner as president of its technical center in Shanghai. Suenner moves to the role from his current job as GM's chief engineer for compact cars....
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Audi will enhance Chinese connected-car services with Baidu

May 22, 2015 12:32 CET

Audi will enhance its connected-car services in China by jointly developing navigation map data, positioning algorithms and point-of-interest functions with China's Web services provider Baidu as it seeks to meet growing demand for driver-assistance systems and driverless technology in the world's largest auto market....
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Ford trims China output as market slows, pricing pressure builds

2:22 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Ford, which is in the midst of a plant-opening blitz in China, reduced production there slightly in the first quarter in response to a market slowdown and price cuts by rivals, the head of Ford's Asia Pacific region said today....
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Citroen names former BMW exec as China director

May 20, 2015 13:06 CET

Former BMW executive Sabine Scheunert is the new head of Citroen in China. Scheunert is the first woman to become director of a European brand in China and is responsible for Citroen's largest single market....
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Price cutting threatens automakers' rich margins in China

12:34 pm U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

International automakers are slashing prices for vehicles they sell in China in response to a slowdown in demand that threatens the industry's rich profit margins....
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Price cutting by VW, GM and Ford threatens automakers' rich margins in China

May 19, 2015 12:57 CET

Automakers including VW, GM and Ford are slashing prices for vehicles they sell in China in response to a slowdown in demand that threatens the industry's rich profit margins....
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GM cuts vehicle prices on 40 models in China

1:24 pm U.S. ET | May 12, 2015

General Motors has cut vehicle prices in China after sales fell last month in the world's largest automotive market....
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Webasto expects to double China sales by 2020

May 12, 2015 10:17 CET

German supplier Webasto expects annual sales in China to double by 2020 to 8.3 billion yuan (1.2 billion euros) from last year's results, in part as consumers shift from smaller tilt-slide sunroofs to bigger and more expensive panoramic sunroofs....
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Buick Verano for China hints at longer, sleeker U.S. version

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

The redesigned Buick Verano shown last month in Shanghai hints at a longer, more aerodynamic U.S. entry...
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China slowdown puts global players at risk

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

China is no longer a tide lifting all boats. German automakers are most at risk from a slowdown in the world's largest auto market, but all major global auto companies will be hit....
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Porsche takes it to the track in China

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Porsche is building in China a small, one-mile race track for close to 25 million euros ($28 million). The track will allow Porsche owners to experience hard acceleration or feel the g-forces tug during a hard corner....
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Cooper-Standard income up in Q1

2:27 pm U.S. ET | May 8, 2015

Cooper-Standard Holdings reported diminished sales due to foreign currency fluctuations, but improved income from a recent stake acquisition in its first quarter....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: BMW's days of easy money in China are over

6:30 am U.S. ET | May 8, 2015

BMW executives are bracing the market for a profit-eroding performance in China as the automaker is weighed down by rising investment costs and an aging product lineup....
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De Tomaso brand sale leaves Italian factory's future uncertain

May 7, 2015 15:24 CET

The sale of iconic Italian sports car brand De Tomaso to Hong Kong investment fund Ideal Team Ventures has created a headache for Turin's local authorities, who now own a dormant factory and are responsible for 800 jobless workers....
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Dongfeng names new chairman amid merger reports

May 6, 2015 11:03 CET

Chinese automaker Dongfeng, which has a 14 percent stake in PSA, has appointed a former president of FAW Group as its new chairman amid reports the government is preparing to merge it with FAW, a joint venture partner of VW....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

BMW sales boss shares how brand is adapting to big changes in China

May 5, 2015 06:15 CET

China's rapidly developing auto market has led some cities to restrict new-car sales and forced the country's dealers to rely more heavily on selling used cars rather than new models. BMW brand sales boss Ian Robertson told Automotive News Europe what the automaker is doing to cope with these changes....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Good news for Europe's late arrivers in China

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Late-arriving European brands in China such as Renault, Fiat and Jaguar have reason to be optimistic because most Chinese customers are ready to leave their current brands....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

How European automakers aim to keep winning in China despite market's slowdown

May 4, 2015 06:01 CET

Foreign carmakers face a tough battle in China as double-digit volume gains and fat profit margins recede and Chinese automakers make inroads into profitable segments. To combat the challenges, Volkswagen and others are focusing on low-emission models, budget vehicles and local production....
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Germany's Brose expects China sales to rise 50% by 2020

May 1, 2015 06:01 CET

German supplier Brose Group expects its annual sales in China will grow by 50 percent by 2020, as the company undergoes a period of expansion in the country....
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Lotus to build SUV in China for Europe, possibly U.S.

April 29, 2015 16:25 CET

Lotus plans to build its first SUV in China and export it to Europe and possibly the U.S. The British sports car maker aims to launch the SUV in 2019. The vehicle will compete against models such as the Porsche Macan....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: The president should have said 'Mexico'

11:23 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2015

Is China really the competitive threat that will spur Congress to sign off on the proposed new free-trade pact with Japan and other Asian nations?...
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