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China's tough fuel economy goal will punish foreign imports
Yang Jian | 2014/10/24

SHANGHAI -- For many years in China, vehicle imports have soared as rising incomes whetted consumers' appetite for luxurious cars that proclaimed their status. But foreign automakers -- especially producers of big, gas-guzzling sedans -- soon will have difficulty sustaining that growth as Beijing gets serious about its fuel economy targets. Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.

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  Manufacturers' group cuts forecast for 2014 sales growth to 5%
Bloomberg | 2014/10/24

China's vehicle sales probably will miss a revised growth forecast for the year as demand slows, predicts the country's main automotive association. Dong Yang, secretary general of the state-backed China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, said passenger and commercial vehicle sales this year are likely to rise 5 percent to 23 million units.

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  Land Rover to build Discovery Sport in China
Automotive News Europe and Bloomberg | 2014/10/24

LONDON -- Jaguar Land Rover will build the Discovery Sport midsize SUV as a second model in its new Chinese assembly plant. The British luxury automaker opened the factory Tuesday with the Range Rover Evoque as its first production model.

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  Nissan launches output at 4th Chinese factory
Automotive News China | 2014/10/24

Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Co., a joint venture between Dongfeng Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Corp., opened its fourth plant in the northeast China city of Dalian last week. The 5 billion yuan ($820 million) facility can produce up to 150,000 vehicles a year. According to Dongfeng, the plant initially will build Nissan-brand SUVs.

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  Renault's China sales could top 800,000 units a year, Ghosn says
Automotive News Europe | 2014/10/24

PARIS -- Renault SA, a latecomer to China, could sell up to 800,000 vehicles annually in the country, CEO Carlos Ghosn said. Renault will open a factory in Wuhan with Dongfeng Motor Corp. in 2016. The plant initially will produce 150,000 units, and if there is enough local demand, production capacity can be doubled.

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  Novelis: China's EV campaign will boost aluminum demand
Bloomberg | 2014/10/24

SHANGHAI -- China's drive to build electric cars is likely to set up a greater-than-forecast surge in aluminum demand, according to Novelis Inc., the world's biggest supplier of the material to automakers. China, the world's biggest carbon emitter, is mandating that at least 30 percent of new government vehicles be powered by alternative energy sources by 2016 in the government's latest move to combat pollution.

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  German builder of crash-test facilities forms China unit
Automotive News China | 2014/10/24

Messring, a German manufacturer of crash-test facilities, formed a Chinese subsidiary dubbed Chongqing Messring Trading Co. The unit will build new crash-test facilities, upgrade and maintain existing facilities, and calibrate equipment.

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  PSA-Dongfeng venture breaks ground for fourth plant
Automotive News China | 2014/10/21

Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile Co. began construction of its fourth assembly plant -- a factory intended to serve China's western regions. PSA Peugeot Citroen's joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Corp. will launch production at the plant in 2016. The 12.3 billion yuan ($2 billion) facility will build up to 360,000 vehicles a year, according to Dongfeng.

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  GM's Wuling plans new assembly plant in Guangxi
Automotive News China | 2014/10/21

SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile Co. has signed an agreement with the government of southwest China's Guangxi province to build an assembly plant for its Baojun car brand, according to local media. General Motors' joint venture will spend 8 billion yuan ($1.3 billion) to build the facility in the company's hometown of Liuzhou, reported Guangxi Daily, a daily newspaper owned by the provincial government.

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  Q&A
Geely set to introduce first 'Horbury'
Richard Johnson | 2014/10/21

PARIS -- Geely's GC9, the Chinese brand's flagship sedan set to debut at the Guangzhou auto show next month, is being touted as the first Geely developed under the design auspices of Peter Horbury. But that's not entirely true, says the ex-Ford and Volvo design ace, who took over Geely's styling department in 2011. Geely and Volvo both are brands of China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.

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