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Chinese tech giant Tencent takes 5% stake in Tesla
Reuters | 2017/3/28

Tesla Inc. said that Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings has invested $1.78 billion in the electric carmaker, a 5 percent stake. Tencent, best known for its WeChat mobile app, has been investing in a number of sectors, including gaming, entertainment, cloud computing and online financing.

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  Hyundai suspends output at China plant amid diplomatic spat
Reuters | 2017/3/28

SEOUL  -- Hyundai Motor Co. suspended production at one of its Chinese assembly plants for a week, fueling concern that a diplomatic standoff between South Korea and China may be hurting sales in the company's top market. South Korean companies, from cosmetics firms to retailers, say they are being targeted in China because of Beijing's objections to a planned deployment of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system in South Korea. 
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  Great Wall profits jump 31% in 2016 on SUV surge
Automotive News China | 2017/3/28

Great Wall Motor Co.'s profits jumped 31 percent to 10.6 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) last year on strong demand for SUVs.  The company's overall deliveries jumped 26 percent to nearly 1.1 million vehicles in 2016. Of that total, 85 percent were crossovers and SUVs. 
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  BMW sees China sales rising 20% in 2017
Reuters | 2017/3/28

HONG KONG -- Sales at BMW AG's China joint venture are expected to rise at least 20 percent year on year in 2017, the premium automaker's local joint venture partner said Friday.  The full-year estimate is based on a strong sales increase in the first two months of 2017, said Wu Xiaoan, Chairman of Brilliance China Automotive Holdings, during a press conference in Hong Kong.
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  Geely subsidiary to build electric commercial vans in U.K.
Bloomberg | 2017/3/28

London Taxi Co. says it will invest an additional 25 million pounds (215 million yuan) in its new assembly plant near Coventry, England, to produce electric-powered vans.  London Taxi, which is owned by Geely Automobile Holdings, will promote its electric vans as a clean alternative to diesel-powered commercial vehicles -- some of the worst polluters in the United Kingdom. 
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  BYD to build 74 million yuan electric bus plant in France
Automotive News China | 2017/3/28

BYD Co., China's largest electric vehicle maker, plans to invest 10 million euros (74 million yuan) to build an electric bus assembly plant in France.  The factory will be constructed in Allonne, a town in North France's Hauts-de-France region. It will start production in the first half of 2018 and it will produce up to 200 buses annually, BYD said. 
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  Baidu's self-driving car unit chief will resign, report says
Automotive News China | 2017/3/28

Wang Jing, chief of the self-driving car unit at leading Chinese search engine Baidu Inc., will resign this week, according to the Beijing business magazine CaixinWang, speaking Monday at an investment meeting organized by Aplus, a Beijing private equity investment fund, disclosed that he will leave Baidu in five days, reported Caixin
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  Baidu's autonomous-vehicle secrets targeted by gang of hackers
Bloomberg | 2017/3/28

Baidu Inc. disclosed a gang of "hackers for hire" tried to steal its self-driving car technology, prompting it to bulk up its cybersecurity team.  The Beijing company's head of cybersecurity, Ma Jie, said it was unclear who was behind the gang. "It's very difficult to know who employs them to do that, but we know someone tried to hire someone in the underground market to steal from us," Ma said, without giving further details.
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Why Chinese car sales ran out of gas
Bloomberg | 2017/3/28

Followers of China's auto market have had a turbulent few months.  Last year was a record-breaker. Monthly sales, which first cracked the 2 million mark as recently as 2013, surged above 3 million in December. Still, pessimists were focused on what would happen in January, when the rollback of a tax discount for small-engined cars was expected to hurt sales.
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Shanghai show to measure progress of China's would-be Teslas
Yang Jian | 2017/3/24

SHANGHAI -- At least six startups funded by Chinese backers have hatched plans to develop high-performance electric vehicles.  They all want to be the next Tesla, but most of them have yet to reveal a single vehicle.  It's logical to wonder how much progress these companies have made.  Well, the ideal place to check it out will be the Shanghai auto show, which opens on April 20.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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