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Renault will increase dealer rebates in China as market demand slows

Jan. 30, 2015 11:32 CET
Renault will give its China dealers more rebates and moderate sales targets as demand cools. Sales growth of passenger vehicles in China will probably slow to 8 percent this year from 10 percent in 2014, according to an industry association....
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Mercedes plans to move R-class production to AM General in Indiana

10:18 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2015
Mercedes-Benz plans to shift production of the R-class crossover from its Alabama plant to contract manufacturer AM General in Indiana this summer. The German automaker said it needed to free up space in its assembly operations near Tuscaloosa, Ala....
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Audi to recall 80,000 vehicles; China hit hardest

Jan. 26, 2015 12:23 CET
Audi says it will recall 80,000 vehicles globally due to fuel-injection issues, adding that about 35,000 are from China. The cars, which were made between April 2011 and April 2012, include various A4, A5, A6, A7 and Q7 models, Chinese authorities said....
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VW reaches pact with China dealers

Jan. 26, 2015 11:24 CET
VW says it has reached an agreement with its dealers in China and pledged to continue setting reasonable sales targets to ensure a financially sound distribution network as demand in the world's biggest auto market slows....
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YANG JIANG

China dealers fight back as stock piles up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
The China Automobile Dealers Association has been a weak and loose organization. Its main job was to produce an annual list of China's top 100 dealerships and to hold a few national conferences for dealers....
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Porsche recalls 13,500 Cayennes, Panameras to fix fuel-seal flaw

7:46 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Porsche is recalling about 13,500 vehicles worldwide to fix a seal that may allow fuel to evaporate....
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Toyota may lose global sales lead to VW without new China strategy

Jan. 22, 2015 11:11 CET
Toyota remained the best-selling automaker worldwide in 2014 ahead of VW and GM, but the company may lose the sales crown this year as it falls behind in China, where rivals are expanding fast....
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Chinese aerospace firm pursues acquisition of U.S. supplier Henniges, report says

6:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
AVIC, China's biggest aerospace company, is among bidders pursuing an acquisition of US auto supplier Henniges Automotive Holdings, people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg. AVIC could pay $1 billion for the acquisition, Bloomberg reported....
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Renault plans big investment to catch rivals in China

Jan. 19, 2015 17:21 CET
Renault will make "massive investments" in China, where it sees its market share rising as high as 6 percent after the company ramps up sales of locally built vehicles in the world's biggest car market....
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Subaru puts China production effort on hold as car demand wanes

10:42 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Fuji Heavy Industries, the only Japanese automaker without Chinese government approval to start a joint venture, put efforts to build cars on hold in the country, where demand growth is slowing....
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Daimler will extend contract of China division boss, paper says

Jan. 18, 2015 10:41 CET
Daimler will extend the contract of the head of its China division, Hubertus Troska, according to a newspaper report. Troska is said to be a potential successor to CEO Dieter Zetsche....
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Volvo may expand export markets for China-built cars beyond U.S.

Jan. 16, 2015 11:36 CET
Volvo, which will start shipping the S60L sedan to the U.S. later this year, says it could add additional export markets in the Asia-Pacific region and elsewhere. The automaker may also consider future exports of a large china-built sedan, dubbed internally as the S90....
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Renault faces dealer criticism over China strategy

Jan. 15, 2015 14:41 CET
Renault has become the latest foreign carmaker to be targeted by China dealers in disputes over who should bear the brunt of a market slowdown. BMW was persuaded earlier this month to pay $824 million in subsidies to its local dealers....
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PSA's China sales boom may mark industry shift in favor of mass-market carmakers

Jan. 14, 2015 11:45 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's 32 percent increase in China vehicle sales last year, almost double the 17 percent BMW achieved, may mark an industry shift in favor of mass-market carmakers over premium brands in a cooling market....
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Aston Martin hires former Porsche exec as China boss

Jan. 13, 2015 15:45 CET
Aston Martin has hired former Porsche and BMW executive Michael Mingshan Peng as its new China boss as the UK sports-car maker seeks to boost sales in the country....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Mercedes increases emphasis on China in bid to pass BMW, Audi

Jan. 13, 2015 06:01 CET
Mercedes could become the first luxury carmaker to launch new models in China before rolling them out in Europe and the U.S. after it strengthened its local r&d operations in a bid to narrow the gap with Audi and BMW in the market....
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Volvo sees two new sedans helping it rebuild U.S. sales

5:14 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Volvo debuted two new sedans today: its Chinese-made S60 Inscription and S60 Cross Country....
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MIKE COLIAS

Why the Buick Avenir is a pleasant surprise

10:37 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
When the long and svelte Buick Avenir concept sedan rolled out onto a Detroit stage Sunday, the buzz among the hundreds in attendance was palpable....
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Volvo mulls U.S. plant; Chinese-made 'strategic flagship' may be exported to U.S., report says

1:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2015
Volvo is considering building an assembly plant in the United States and also may export a "strategic flagship" sedan made in China to the US, people familiar with the Chinese-owned automaker's plans told Reuters....
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BMW says tensions with Chinese dealers an industry-wide issue

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
Demands for compensation from Chinese car dealers hit by a market slowdown have become an industry-wide issue, BMW's board member for sales said today, adding relations were not simply about "holding hands and walking into the sunset."...
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Chinese automaker Guangzhou will tout autonomous hybrid, SUV

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
China's Guangzhou Automobile Group will show an autonomous hybrid concept and an SUV at the Detroit auto show Monday afternoon. The autonomous concept, called the Witstar, is powered by a battery and a gasoline engine....
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Shanghai may ban sexy show models so focus stays on cars

10:42 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
Shanghai may ban sexy models from posing at its auto show this year so that visitors to the biennial event can focus on the vehicles on display....
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Ford, GM post double-digit sales gains in China

7:03 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
Ford and General Motors posted double-digit sales gains in China last year, the automakers reported this week....
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Honda misses China sales goal as Japan carmakers lose traction

6:44 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
Honda missed its 2014 sales target in China amid a cooling economy and greater competition, the last of Japan's three biggest carmakers to report fewer than expected deliveries in the country....
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China launches pilot 'parallel imports' for foreign cars

Jan. 8, 2015 10:53 CET
China will allow selected dealers to import without the consent of foreign carmakers in a move that analysts warn could lead to a weakening of foreign automakers' control over pricing....
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