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Japanese cement comeback in China as Toyota posts record sales

3:19 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2015

Japanese automakers sold a record number of cars in China in the first six months of the year, cementing a comeback from anti-Japanese protests in 2012....
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Cuba orders 719 cars from China's BYD for tourist rentals

11:14 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2015

The Cuban government ordered 719 cars from China's BYD Co. which it will rent out to tourists in a deal that is a bright spot for Chinese automakers facing a weak export market....
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Saab owner to build EV plant in China

July 3, 2015 11:06 CET

China's National Electric Vehicle Sweden, which owns the assets of bankrupt Swedish automaker Saab, broke ground on a plant in China to produce electric vehicles. The company did not release any details about the EVs and it's not clear whether they will be marketed as Saabs....
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Jaguar Land Rover will make China chief its Europe boss, source says

July 1, 2015 10:45 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will move Bob Grace, its China chief, to lead its European unit, a source said. The company's new China chief will have to deal with slowing industrywide demand amid a prolonged government crackdown on graft and conspicuous consumption, which has hit luxury car sales....
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Germany's Getrag getting interest from Magna, Dana, China, report says

3:36 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

Getrag, one of the biggest independent makers of transmissions, has attracted interest from automotive suppliers including Canada's Magna International Inc., people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg....
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Citroen CEO confirms next C5 for China; Europe future unclear

June 30, 2015 06:01 CET

Citroen will replace its C5 midsize model, CEO Linda Jackson told Automotive News Europe, but she would only confirm that the next-generation car would be sold in China. Jackson said there is a “question mark” over whether Citroen would sell the replacement in Europe....
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Spanish supplier Ficosa opens third China plant

June 30, 2015 11:32 CET

Spanish supplier Ficosa has opened its third Chinese plant in the city of Shenyang to supply automakers in the north of the country, including BMW....
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VW to launch low-cost car family for China, possibly elsewhere, in 2018

9:16 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2015

Volkswagen plans to launch a family of low cost budget cars in China and possibly elsewhere starting in 2018, CEO Martin Winterkorn said in a newspaper interview published Sunday....
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Porsche mulls legal action over Macan copy in China, report says

June 26, 2015 06:01 CET

Porsche may take legal action against Zotye Automobile over the Chinese automaker's T700 SUV that closely resembles the Macan, a report said. The T700 is due to launch next year at a price much lower than the Macan's....
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McLaren boosts profit threefold on China sales

June 26, 2015 11:51 CET

McLaren said its 2014 pretax profit rose threefold, helped by rising sales in China. McLaren sold 1,649 cars in 2014, but expects to increase annual production to 4,000 by 2017 as it adds new entry-level models to its lineup....
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Continental begins construction of brake factory in China

June 26, 2015 06:15 CET

Continental began construction of a factory in Chongqing in southwest China to supply brakes to automakers operating in the area....
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Rolls-Royce's China sales drop on luxury crackdown

June 25, 2015 10:39 CET

Rolls-Royce sales are being hit by a "cool wind blowing in China," said the executive in charge of the ultraluxury brand, as the nation's wealthy pull back from ostentatious purchases amid a government crackdown on conspicuous consumption....
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Mercedes's $230,000 Maybach S class defies China's cooling luxury market

June 21, 2015 06:01 CET

Mercedes-Benz is selling almost as many Maybach cars in China each month as it used to sell worldwide in a year when it targeted the super-rich with a stand-alone model....
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YANG JIAN

BLOG: VW pays the price for failing to respond to evolving customer needs in China

5:00 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

After outperforming the market for almost a decade, Volkswagen, the top-selling brand in China, has begun to lose market share as the economy slides and the automaker becomes less responsive to evolving consumer needs....
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Geely will unveil compact car developed with Volvo at Geneva show

June 16, 2015 12:15 CET

Geely Automobile will unveil the first compact car jointly developed with Volvo at the Geneva auto show in March. The two automakers, both units of China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, plan to develop a series of models using a shared architecture....
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Beijing angered by U.S. duties on Chinese tires

7:26 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

China's Commerce Ministry today blasted the U.S. for imposing duties on certain automobile and light truck tires imported from China, calling the move "unreasonable" and damaging to world trade....
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U.S. slaps duties on Chinese tires for cars, light trucks

5:33 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

The United States on Friday imposed duties on certain car and light truck tires imported from China after finding they were being dumped at below-market value and unfairly subsidized by Beijing....
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VW Group sales fall for 2nd consecutive month

June 12, 2015 20:26 CET

VW Group sales fell for a second month in May and at a faster pace than in April, highlighting the German carmaker's difficulties in weak emerging markets. Deliveries at the 12-brand group slid by 2.6 percent to 858,000 vehicles in May, VW said....
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Deep discounts fail to boost China sales in May

2:04 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

Automakers failed to jumpstart the slowing growth in car sales in China last month despite offering steeper discounts, as consumers opted to defer purchases and invest in the world's biggest stock-market rally instead....
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Ford's China sales rise 4% in May

7:30 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

Ford and its Chinese joint ventures sold 91,013 vehicles in China in May, up 4 percent from a year earlier, the company said today....
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GM sales slump deepens in China even after price cuts

5:46 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

GM reported a second consecutive month of sales declines in China, its largest market, despite cutting prices on 40 models across its Buick, Chevrolet and Cadillac brands....
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VW says China agrees to bigger stake in JV with FAW

June 4, 2015 16:07 CET

China has given Volkswagen Group a green light to raise its stake in a joint venture with local partner FAW, the German company said. VW currently has a 40 percent stake in the venture....
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VW, SAIC sign deal to build EVs, plug-in hybrids in China

June 4, 2015 12:02 CET

Volkswagen Group says it has signed a cooperation agreement with partner SAIC Motor Corp. to ensure the production and research and development of electric and plug-in hybrid cars in China. VW said over the next four years it plans to localize more than 15 different green models in China, that will include plug-ins and EVs....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Saab turbo engines to power Chinese Jeep Wrangler clone

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

The Beijing Auto BJ40, a 4x4 clone of the Jeep Wrangler, will soon receive a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that its parent company, BAIC, received from GM's fire sale of Saab parts bin items in 2009, along with the Saab 9-3 and Saab 9-5 platforms....
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Porsche's wealthy Chinese buyers choose less costly models

June 2, 2015 12:18 CET

Porsche’s wealthy Chinese customers are settling for less expensive models as a government crackdown on graft and conspicuous consumption slows luxury sales....
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