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  Mercedes narrows luxury sales gap with BMW, Audi
Automotive News China | 2017/1/17

Mercedes-Benz sales in China jumped nearly 27 percent year on year to 472,844 vehicles in 2016 as the German automaker enjoyed strong demand for the redesigned E-class and the flagship S-class sedans.  Mercedes also narrowed its sales gap with rival BMW AG, whose deliveries rose 11 percent to 516,355 vehicles.  Audi AG managed to retain bragging rights as China's top-selling luxury brand, with annual deliveries rising 3.6 percent to 591,554.
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  Light-vehicle sales projected to rise 5% in 2017
Automotive News China | 2017/1/17

Light-vehicle sales in China will increase about 5 percent year on year to 25.7 million vehicles in 2017 on demand for crossovers, SUVs and multipurpose vehicles, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers projects.  Sales of crossovers, SUVs and MPVs will achieve double-digit growth this year, Xu Haidong, assistant secretary general of the association, said during a press briefing last week in Beijing.
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  Honda outperforms Toyota, Nissan in 2016
Automotive News China | 2017/1/17

Honda Motor Co.'s China sales jumped 24 percent year on year in 2016 to 1.25 million vehicles, helped by strong demand for compact crossovers.  Honda overtook rival Toyota Motor Corp., which reported an 8.2 percent increase in deliveries to 1.2 million vehicles.  But Nissan Motor Co. managed to retain its status as the top-selling Japanese automaker in China. Last year, Nissan's China sales rose 8.4 percent to 1.35 million vehicles.
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  Volvo China deliveries rise 11% last year
Automotive News China | 2017/1/17

Volvo Car Corp.'s China sales increased 11 percent year on year to 90,930 vehicles in 2016 as the company enjoyed strong demand for the locally-produced Volvo XC60 crossover and the S60L sedan.  But  Volvo failed to keep pace with overall industry sales, which rose 15 percent last year.
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  Despite fraud probes, EV deliveries jump 53% to 500,000 in 2016
Automotive News China | 2017/1/17

Spurred by government subsidies, sales of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in China last year surged 53 percent to nearly 507,000 vehicles, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.  In 2016, sales of battery-electric vehicles soared 65 percent to 409,000 vehicles, while deliveries of plug-in hybrids rose 17 percent to 98,000.
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  Renault, with launch of China output, sees sales surge 82%
Automotive News China | 2017/1/17

Dongfeng Renault Automobile Co., which began China production in early 2016, sold 36,525 vehicles last year, a jump of 82 percent from a year earlier.  Renault SA's joint venture received a boost from local output, which allowed it to avoid a 25 percent tariff on vehicle imports.
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  Shouqi Car Rental partners with European peer Europcar
Automotive News China | 2017/1/17

Shouqi Car Rental Co., a Beijing-based car rental firm, is partnering with European counterpart Europcar Group to help both companies attract customers in China and Europe.  Under a deal signed this month, Shouqi customers will be able to access Europcar's car rental services from Shouqi's website and to purchase car rental services outside of China via Europcar's network in Europe and other markets.
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For luxury brands, 2017 will be another good year after fabulous 2016
Yang Jian | 2017/1/13

SHANGHAI -- Luxury brands had a fabulous year in China last year. Entering 2017, they have a good chance to maintain robust sales despite an expected slowdown in the growth of China's light-vehicle market.  Every major luxury brand except Audi and Infiniti achieved more than 10 percent sales growth in China last year.  Interestingly, the two best performers in the luxury market were both American brands.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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  China light-vehicle sales jump 15% in 2016 behind tax cuts on small vehicles
Automotive News China | 2017/1/13

Light-vehicle deliveries in China advanced 15 percent to approach 24.4 million in 2016 behind a 50 percent reduction in the sales tax on small vehicles.  Sales of vehicles with engine sizes of up to 1.6 liters, which were eligible for the tax break, surged 21 percent to exceed 17.6 million vehicles in 2016, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. 
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  VW Group deliveries rise 12% to 3.98 million vehicles in 2016
Automotive News China | 2017/1/13

The Volkswagen Group outsold General Motors to become China's largest carmaker last year, with deliveries advancing 12 percent year on year to 3.98 million vehicles.  The German auto giant's sales growth was led by the Volkswagen brand.  
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For luxury brands, 2017 will be another good year after fabulous 2016

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Global automakers' 2016 China sales vroom; dull 2017 looms

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