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  Yanfeng reimagines the interior for autonomous driving
Automotive News | 2017/1/13

DETROIT -- Yanfeng Automotive Interiors is reimagining vehicle interiors for the day when motorists may not have to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.  Yanfeng used the Detroit auto show this week to introduce the Experience in Motion concept, or XiM17, to match the needs of consumers who may not have to focus on driving anymore.
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  Thyssenkrupp builds major steering parts plant in Changzhou
Automotive News China | 2016/12/23

Thyssenkrupp AG says it is constructing a major plant in the east China city of Changzhou to produce steering systems for a variety of automakers.  The German supplier plans to invest 200 million euros (1.44 billion yuan) initially in the 150,000 square-meter facility, which will employ 800 people. The plant will start production in December 2017. 
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  Q&A with Jacques Aschenbroich
How Valeo's CEO plans to spur growth in China
Automotive News China | 2016/12/16

Valeo CEO Jacques Aschenbroich says self-driving vehicles and carbon dioxide emission reduction will be the two main technologies that fuel Valeo's long-term growth in China.  Last month, Aschenbroich, 62, attended the opening of a windshield wiper plant in Changshu in east China's Jiangsu province.  Afterward, he described his plans for China in an interview with Yang Jian, managing editor of Automotive News China.
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  German supplier Brose breaks ground for major plant in Taicang
Automotive News China | 2016/12/6

German supplier Brose started construction on a factory in Taicang in east China's Jiangsu province to supply carmakers in the region.  The Taicang plant will make door panels, window regulators, latches, seats, rails and motors for Geely, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Volkswagen and Volvo.  
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  Borgward plans joint venture with Faurecia to build seats in Tianjin
Automotive News China | 2016/12/2

Borgward Group AG, a German carmaker with Chinese backing, says it will form a joint venture with French supplier Faurecia to make seats for Borgward's vehicles in the north China port city of Tianjin.  Under an agreement signed Tuesday in Paris, the 49-51 partnership between Borgward and Faurecia initially will produce seats for the Borgward BX5 crossover to be sold in China.
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  China's Narada forms JV to produce lithium ion batteries
Bloomberg | 2016/11/29

Swiss battery maker Leclanche SA is partnering with Zhejiang Narada Power Source Co., a leading Chinese battery supplier, to produce lithium ion batteries for electric buses, electric cars and industrial energy storage.  Leclanche will license its technology to Narada, and the partners will open a 2.5 gigawatt-hour battery factory next year.
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U.S. steel makers push Trump team for more trade defenses
Reuters | 2016/11/29

The top U.S. steel makers' association said it has been in contact with President-elect Donald Trump's transition team as the industry seeks tougher trade defenses under his incoming administration. Trade restrictions are tantalizing for an American steel industry struggling with foreign competition, notably Chinese companies, but analysts say new measures could trigger a backlash from U.S. automakers and other consumers who want unfettered access to overseas markets.

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  China grants EV production permit to Minth Group venture
Bloomberg | 2016/11/18

A unit of China-based automotive parts maker Minth Group received permission from the nation's top economic planner to produce electric vehicles.  Minth is the fifth company to get the nod under a special setup to encourage nonautomakers to develop EVs.
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  Chinese tire maker Linglong to make acquisition overseas
Automotive News China | 2016/11/18

Chinese tire maker Linglong Tire Co. plans a major acquisition outside China to expand its global presence.  The company "is planning a major transaction, most likely involving overseas assets," Linglong said in a statement posted on the Shanghai Stock Exchange where it is listed.  Linglong disclosed no further details.
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  German minister snubs automakers in backing China's quota for EVs
Bloomberg | 2016/11/8

Germany's environmental minister is throwing her support behind an aggressive Chinese plan to boost sales of electric and hybrid vehicles, putting her at odds with her country's automobile industry and some within the German government.  China is considering legislation to require automakers to sell a specific quota of zero- and low-emission vehicles. The figure would start at 8 percent of overall deliveries in 2018 and rise from there in successive years.
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