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Europe group questions China antitrust probes

Aug. 13, 2014 13:25 CET
The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China on Wednesday expressed concern over a recent series of antitrust investigations, saying China was using strong-arm tactics and appeared to be unfairly targeting foreign firms....
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Audi will 'accept penalty' in China anti-monopoly probe

Aug. 12, 2014 10:57 CET
Audi will accept punishment from Chinese authorities for breaching anti-monopoly laws in the world's largest car market, according to a statement from the automaker....
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YANG JIAN

Why China's NDRC has become country's antitrust watchdog

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
China's NDRC used to be very friendly toward foreign automakers, approving numerous factory projects. Now its is investigating global automakers for suspected monopolistic behavior. What prompted the change?...
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VW brand sales rise on Europe, China gains

Aug. 12, 2014 11:48 CET
VW increased sales at its core passenger-car brand by 4 percent in July as higher deliveries in western Europe and China offset declines in the United States and Brazil. Global sales of VW brand cars and SUVs rose to 491,600 last month....
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YANG JIAN

China's new antitrust watchdog

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
China has begun investigating global automakers for suspected monopolistic behavior....
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BMW cuts spare-part prices in China amid antitrust investigation

10:47 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
BMW AG joined Mercedes-Benz and Audi in reducing prices of spare parts in China amid an antitrust investigation into the auto industry....
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China suspends work at hundreds of factories after deadly blast

8:50 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
China has suspended work at more than 200 factories in an eastern province for safety checks as part of a nationwide review following an explosion at an auto parts plant that killed 75 people, government officials and state media said....
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Toyota queried by China regulator amid antitrust probe, report says

10:14 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
China's National Development and Reform Commission, which is conducting an antitrust probe into the auto industry, has asked Toyota about its business practices, two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. China's recent antitrust probes rekindled concerns that Beijing may be using an anti-monopoly law to support domestic firms at the expense of foreign companies....
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Wave of antitrust probes revive protectionism concerns in China

11:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
China's recent probes into Microsoft, Audi and Chrysler have rekindled concerns that Beijing may be using an anti-monopoly law to support domestic firms at the expense of foreign companies. The probes come as China's domestic auto brands have lost sales and share this year to global rival brands such as VW, Chevrolet and Audi....
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Audi sales rise 10% in July, boosted by A3 demand

Aug. 7, 2014 13:17 CET
Audi's vehicle sales rose 10 percent to 144,000 in July, helped by strong demand for the A3 model range....
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Strong Chinese and U.S. demand lifts Mercedes' July sales 11%

Aug. 7, 2014 11:48 CET
Mercedes-Benz brand had its highest monthly sales to date in July, up 11 percent to 130,003 cars, boosted by strong demand for its compact cars and SUVs....
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China plant in fatal blast was dusty deathtrap, ex-workers say; Beijing to overhaul safety practices

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
The weekend blast at a Kunshan auto parts plant, described by former workers as a dusty deathtrap, prompted China to overhaul workplace safety practices, and reignited concern about occupational hazards in the world's second-largest economy. State media say the blast at Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products was triggered by tiny aluminum and magnesium flakes that caught fire....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Johnson Controls experiments with interiors that change colors

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Johnson Controls is experimenting with car interior surfaces that could change colors to match the motorist's whim. The concept could prove especially useful for vehicles that are used by ride-sharing services, said Han Hendriks, vice president of advanced product development at Johnson Controls Inc....
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Tesla reaches settlement to end China trademark dispute

7:11 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Tesla Motors said it resolved a trademark dispute in China that threatened to complicate the company's plans to increase sales in the world's largest auto market....
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China says it will punish Audi, Chrysler for monopoly behavior

Aug. 6, 2014 09:15 CET
China said it will punish Audi, Chrysler and 10 Japanese spare-parts makers for anti-trust violations. The Chinese government is scrutinizing pricing practices as the country becomes an increasingly important profit source for foreign automakers....
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Mercedes' office in China raided by anti-trust regulators

Aug. 5, 2014 11:15 CET
Daimler's Mercedes-Benz unit said it is cooperating with China's anti-monopoly authorities over an investigation into unspecified matters, after local Chinese media said the automaker's Shanghai office had been raided....
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China orders national safety overhaul after deadly blast at GM supplier

Aug. 5, 2014 13:46 CET
China ordered a nationwide overhaul of safety practices at factories handling explosive materials following a fatal blast at an auto parts factory near Shanghai, the official Xinhua News Agency reported....
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Chrysler cuts Jeep Grand Cherokee prices in China

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Chrysler Group is cutting prices in China on the flagship Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 by 65,000 yuan ($10,500) and on the Grand Cherokee 5.7-liter Summit by 45,000 yuan ($7,300) following a report it has been the subject of an anti-monopoly probe by Chinese regulators....
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China orders national safety overhaul after deadly blast at GM supplier

7:46 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
China ordered a nationwide overhaul of safety practices at factories handling explosive materials following a fatal blast at an auto parts factory near Shanghai, the official Xinhua News Agency reported....
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Suppliers see promise in China's aftermarket

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
The global replacement parts business likely will become even more appealing to automotive suppliers. In emerging markets, and especially in China, many new vehicles sold in recent years now need replacement parts....
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Mercedes cuts Chinese parts prices under pressure from regulators

Aug. 4, 2014 08:10 CET
Mercedes will voluntarily cut the prices of more than 10,000 spare parts in China by an average of 15 percent from the beginning of September in response to pressure from China's anti-monopoly regulators....
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Death toll from blast at Chinese GM supplier rises to 75

6:27 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The death toll from the explosion at the factory of a GM supplier near Shanghai rose to 75, according to the official Xinhua News Agency....
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PLUGGING IN

Chinese supplier lays plans to revive Fisker and give itself a jolt

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
If Lu Guanqiu has his way, his Wanxiang Group will bring the Fisker Karma back to life and establish the Chinese supplier as a high-profile coach-builder in the United States. There are big ifs. But Lu is not accustomed to failure....
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COMING TO AMERICA

Chinese suppliers quickly finding a home in the U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
North America may seem like a distant dream for China's automakers, but that's not the case for suppliers. No longer content to export parts from China, a core group of enterprising suppliers is establishing factories in North America....
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Here come Chinese suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Some Chinese automotive suppliers are no longer content just to export products to North America. Now, they're building factories or buying companies to manufacture parts here. Here's a selection of deals since December....
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