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Hybrids are poised to shine in China's car market
Yang Jian | 2017/2/24

SHANGHAI -- Hybrid vehicles, which have so far been excluded from the Chinese government's subsidy program for green vehicles, surpassed electric vehicles in monthly sales in January for the first time.  With automakers scrambling to meet Beijing's tougher fuel economy requirements, hybrids are poised to continue healthy sales gains.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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  Great Wall aims to boost annual sales to 2 million crossovers, SUVs by 2020
Automotive News China | 2017/2/24

Great Wall Motor Co., China's largest manufacturer of crossovers and SUVs, aims to sell 2 million crossovers and SUVs a year by 2020, more than doubling the company's 2016 volume.  The target was disclosed by Great Wall's founder and chairman, Wei Jianjun, at a company event in the north China city of Baoding to celebrate the growth of the Haval brand.
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  GM's Baojun introduces second crossover
Automotive News China | 2017/2/24

SHENZHEN -- SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile Co., General Motors' light-vehicle joint venture, started selling its second crossover, the Baojun 510, to meet robust demand for small crossovers.  The vehicle, with a starting price of 54,800 yuan ($7,965), targets young first-time buyers in China, GM said.
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  Ford's car joint venture launches output in Harbin, report says
Automotive News China | 2017/2/24

Changan Ford Automobile Co., Ford's passenger vehicle joint venture with Chongqing Changan Automobile Co., has started production in the northeast China city of Harbin, according to a Chinese media report.  The Harbin plant can build up to 200,000 vehicles a year, reported Internet Info Agency, a Beijing website.
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  Audi dealers demand 28 billion yuan to cover sales losses
Bloomberg | 2017/2/21

Audi dealers in China are demanding 28 billion yuan ($4 billion) to cover losses that they blame on the company adding too many distributors, potentially worsening a sales decline that saw BMW and Mercedes-Benz overtake the luxury brand last month.  The dealers, meeting in Sanya on the island of Hainan, issued a statement saying their newly formed group would oppose Audi's planned formation of a joint venture with SAIC Motor Corp.

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  VW group sales fall 14% in January as Audi dealers rebel
Automotive News China | 2017/2/21

Volkswagen Group said sales of its various brands in China fell 14 percent year on year to 344,000 vehicles in January, as angry Audi dealers protested the brand's proposal to create a second sales network.  Audi deliveries plunged 35 percent to 35,181 vehicles after its dealers "planned a restrained business volume at the start of the year," according to Volkswagen. 
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  Geely seeks stake, partnership with Malaysia's Proton, report says
Reuters | 2017/2/21

Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group is expected to bid as early as this week for a strategic partnership with struggling Malaysian carmaker Proton Holdings, two people familiar with the bidding process told Reuters.  As part of its pitch following discussions with Proton's owner, Malaysian conglomerate DRB-Hicom, Hangzhou-based Geely, which owns Sweden's Volvo Car Group, is expected to offer Proton some of the latest vehicle technologies it has developed with Volvo's input.
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  SAIC to assemble cars in Zhengzhou this year
Automotive News China | 2017/2/21

SAIC Motor Corp. has started building an assembly plant in Zhengzhou of north China's Henan province to produce vehicles for its own car brands.  SAIC hopes to launch production before the end of this year, according to Wang Xiaoqiu, president of SAIC's passenger vehicle subsidiary. Wang made his comments to Chinese media last week during SAIC's introduction of the Roewe i6 compact car.
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  Dongfeng, FAW plan joint innovation center
Reuters | 2017/2/21

Dongfeng Motor Corp. and China FAW Group Corp. said they will build a joint innovation center, a move that brings China's two oldest automakers together after they swapped top executives in 2015.  The companies signed an agreement to develop fuel cells, in-car connectivity and testing facilities. Financial terms were undisclosed.
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  Kia to launch 3 new models this year
Automotive News China | 2017/2/21

Kia Motors Corp. plans to introduce three new models in China this year to reinvigorate its flagging sales.  The Niro, a hybrid-powered crossover imported from South Korea, hit the market this month with a starting price of 149,800 yuan ($21,800).  Two other models, the KX7 crossover and the Huaqi E300 electric car, will debut later this year, according to Hyundai Motor Co., Kia's corporate parent.
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