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China's policies are pushing out pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
When Beijing implemented its Road Traffic Law in 2003, it granted city governments the liberty to decide whether to permit pickups to drive in their cities. A loophole in the law allowed traffic regulators in most Chinese cities to simply classify pickups as commercial vehicles and bar them from entering their cities. The practice has stifled pickup sales in China....
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China, UC Davis collaborate on EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
In China and the U.S. alike, the commercialization of EVs is happening through a collaboration of automakers and government policymakers to produce and incentivize their increased adoption by consumers....
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VW recalls 1.1 million cars in N. America, China over suspension issue

Oct. 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Volkswagen said it is recalling more than 1.1 million cars in North America and China to correct a potential problem with rear suspension parts....
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Renault's China vehicle sales could reach 800,000 a year, Ghosn says

Oct. 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault, a latecomer to China, could sell up to 800,000 vehicles annually in the country, CEO Carlos Ghosn said. Renault has a 4 percent market share globally and it is a "reasonable" objective to reproduce this in China, Ghosn said....
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IAC opens 2 plants in China

1:16 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
International Automotive Components, the interior auto parts supplier formed from other companies including Lear's interiors business and the assets of the bankrupt Collins & Aikman, opened two plants in Changshu, China, this week....
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Volkswagen to recall over 580,000 cars in China

Oct. 17, 2014 10:54 CET
Volkswagen's China joint venture, FAW-Volkswagen Automobile, will recall more than 580,000 New Sagitar and Beetles because of an axle problem....
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GKN expands powdered metal output in China

Oct. 17, 2014 14:59 CET
UK supplier GKN Powder Metallurgy is investing 8.7 million pounds (85.1 million yuan) to build a new factory at its Danyang site in China that will be completed in September 2015....
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YANG JIAN

Why Audi, BMW and Mercedes have an unshakable grip on China's luxury market

8:25 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
In recent years several non-German global brands have challenged Audi, BMW and Mercedes' grip on China's luxury car market, and failed to loosen it because of the German carmakers' strong brand recognition and their robust investment in the market....
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Softening Chinese market grapples with troubling trends

4:25 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
China's once blistering auto sales growth has cooled significantly this year, damped by a slowing economy. That was just one of several concerns fretted over by Chinese and international executives at the Global Automotive Forum, which opened Thursday....
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China to punish carmakers that fail to meet fuel economy targets

10:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
China, taking another step to clean the nation's polluted skies, plans to punish automakers by restricting vehicle output and publicly naming violators if they fail to meet fuel economy rules on light vehicles set for 2015....
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ZF forms chassis JV with Beijing Auto

Oct. 14, 2014 10:16 CET
German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen established a joint venture with China's Beijing Automotive Industry Corp. to build passenger-vehicle chassis parts for BAIC and its other joint ventures with Daimler and Hyundai....
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VW deepens research cooperation with China's FAW

Oct. 10, 2014 11:23 CET
Volkswagen has extended a joint venture with China's FAW Group by 25 years to enhance research and development activities as it targets an increasing share of the world's biggest car market....
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Ford says new plants, models to boost China sales after Sept. dip

11:16 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
Ford said it expects to boost sales in China once new assembly facilities come online and new vehicles hit showrooms in coming months, after posting its first dip in China monthly sales this year....
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GM China sales rise at fastest pace in 7 months on Chevy

8:36 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
General Motors, which counts China as its largest market, had the fastest monthly growth in seven months in September as it stays on track to beat the industry’s average growth in the country....
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PSA launches DS6 compact crossover in China

Oct. 10, 2014 06:01 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen launched sales of its China-built DS crossover, the DS6, late last month. The crossover is the second model built exclusively for the China market after the DS5 LS....
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China may pass U.S. as Porsche's largest market

Oct. 9, 2014 10:13 CET
Strong demand for the Cayenne SUV may help China overtake the United States as Porsche's largest single market as soon as this year. Sales in China last month rose to 4,344, outpacing the U.S. by 737 vehicles....
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Volvo to pitch long-wheelbase S60 as 'executive car'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
Volvo says the S60L, to be imported from China, will be positioned as “an executive car,” with more features and options, while the S60 will become the sportier model....
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Horbury crafts Geely design team, language

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Peter Horbury has faced three mind-bending design challenges in his career: Injecting style into Volvo starting in the early '90s, rejuvenating Ford's moribund North American styling in the mid-2000s, and his current assignment — creating a design team and a design language for China's Geely....
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BMW launches automated driving project in China with Baidu

Sept. 29, 2014 17:43 CET
BMW is teaming up with Chinese Internet giant Baidu to start highly automated driving trials in Beijing and Shanghai. BMW research vehicles capable of automated driving already have undergone tests on German autobahns....
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Tesla expands in Hong Kong to tap EV demand

10:27 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014
Tesla Motors plans to double its workforce in Hong Kong as the electric car maker expands in a market the company said could become the “Norway of Asia.”...
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NEVS lays off staff as Saab output remains idled

12:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014
China's cash-strapped National Electric Vehicle Sweden said it would lay off up to 200 employees at its Saab car plant in Sweden as production is unlikely to resume anytime soon....
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Top Chinese official accused of taking bribes from Toyota JV

11:06 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014
A senior official with China's economic planning ministry and his son took bribes from a Guangzhou carmaker, including kickbacks for helping approve the opening of a Toyota dealership, a Chinese prosecutor said today....
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Cadillac’s China sales expected to grow 40% this year

6:35 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014
GM expects Cadillac sales in China to increase 40 percent this year, as it prepares to reorganize its luxury brand as a separate unit based in New York....
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VW to seek higher margins with China-only luxury sedan

Sept. 22, 2014 09:03 CET
VW Group will launch a VW-badged luxury sedan designed solely for China next year to help boost its margins, sources said. The move, however, could put VW brand in direct competition with its premium sibling, Audi....
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Nissan and Dongfeng form JV for Infiniti in China

Sept. 22, 2014 12:27 CET
Nissan has formed a joint venture with Dongfeng Motor in China dedicated to producing premium Infiniti vehicles. Nissan and Dongfeng each will control 50 percent of the JV, which will start by making the Q50L and QX50....
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