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  China calls for direct sales of auto parts to consumers, repair shops
Bloomberg | 2014/9/23

China issued guidelines that will enable suppliers of original equipment to sell their products directly to consumers and nonauthorized dealers -- part of the government's effort to curb what it says are monopolistic practices. Starting next year, automakers will be required to share maintenance and technical information of newly introduced models with independent repair shops, according to the guidelines jointly issued on Thursday by the National Development and Reform Commission and nine ministries.

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  Nissan, Dongfeng form joint venture to assemble Infiniti models in China
Bloomberg | 2014/9/23

Nissan Motor Corp. has formed a joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Corp. to produce Infiniti vehicles in China. Nissan and Dongfeng each will control 50 percent of the venture, which will sell locally produced and imported vehicles, the automaker said. Infiniti aims to increase annual sales in China to 100,000 vehicles by 2018, most of which will be locally produced.

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  Great Wall August deliveries fall 19% on weak sedan sales
Automotive News China | 2014/9/23

Sales at Great Wall Motor Co., China's largest SUV maker, plunged 19 percent year on year to 49,191 vehicles in August. The decline was mainly caused by the company's weak sedan volume, which tumbled 79 percent from a year earlier to 3,051 last month. Great Wall, unable to make money from its sedan lineup, started scaling back sedan production last year to focus on its core products, SUVs.

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  VW seeks higher margins by launching luxury sedan designed for China
Reuters | 2014/9/23

SHANGHAI -- Volkswagen Group will launch a VW-badged luxury sedan designed solely for China next year to help boost its margins, said two people with knowledge of the plan.The move, however, could put the VW brand in direct competition with its premium sibling, Audi. The car will be based on Audi's A6, the country's top-selling luxury sedan, the sources said. They declined to offer details on the vehicle's China-specific elements.

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  Great Wall may relaunch Haval H8 SUV in January
Bloomberg | 2014/9/23

Great Wall Motor Co., which halted sales of the Haval H8 SUV twice this year, may resume deliveries of its flagship vehicle in 2015, Chairman Wei Jianjun said. The H8 may come out in January at the earliest, Wei said Friday in response to Bloomberg queries after a media briefing in the Chinese province of Hebei. Great Wall is working with German parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen AG in tackling an issue involving the H8's rear axle, a task that requires several rounds of modifications, he said.

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  Russia slump drags on for most Chinese brands
Automotive News China | 2014/9/23

Most Chinese automakers continued to suffer steep sales declines last month in Russia, their main export market, according to the Moscow-based Association of European Businesses. Chongqing Lifan Industry Group, the top-selling Chinese automaker in Russia, sold 1,901 vehicles in the market in August, down 28 percent year on year. For the first eight months, Lifan's sales in Russia decreased 17 percent to 13,912 vehicles.

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  Changan expects to build vehicles in Iran in '15
Automotive News China | 2014/9/23

Chongqing Changan Automobile Co. plans to assemble passenger vehicles in Iran in 2015 in a bid to increase overseas sales, the state-owned automaker said. The vehicles will be built at a plant owned by Iranian automaker Saipa Automotive Manufacturing Group using complete knockdown kits imported from China.

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  Wanxiang to relaunch Fisker Karma hybrid using 2012 design
Reuters | 2014/9/23

BEIJING -- Chinese automotive supplier Wanxiang Group is accelerating the relaunch of Fisker's Karma hybrid luxury car by using a design from the company's last year of production, people close to the companies said. In February, Wanxiang acquired Fisker's assets for $149.2 million after the producer of sporty plug-in hybrid cars went bankrupt in 2013.

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  COMMENT
Antitrust probes will become the new normal in China's auto industry
Yang Jian | 2014/9/19

SHANGHAI -- Chinese regulators are sending mixed messages to foreign automakers that fear being targeted for antitrust investigations. At a press conference in Beijing last week, the National Development and Reform Commission had good news and bad news for global automakers and suppliers. The good news is that the current round of intense antitrust probes soon will conclude. And the bad news? Antitrust investigations will become a normal practice in the future. Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.

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  China targets 300,000 'green' buses, taxis by 2020
Automotive News China | 2014/9/19

China's Ministry of Transport, taking another step to clean the country's polluted urban skies and save energy, will mandate the use of 300,000 "green" vehicles for public transport by 2020, according to the agency's website. The "green" fleet will include 200,000 public buses, 50,000 taxicabs and 50,000 delivery vans in urban areas, the ministry said.

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TOP 10 HEADLINES
OF THE LAST WEEK
Antitrust probes will become the new normal in China's auto industry

China targets 300,000 'green' buses, taxis by 2020

Hyundai plans 2 more China plants, not 1

Volkswagen thinks small to score big

Made-in-China SUV prices drop 2% in August as inventories surge

Renault plans to build Fluence electric car for Chinese brand

Used-vehicle auction site attracts 1.6 billion yuan in global investment

VW, German luxury marques set to gain as Chinese switch brands, study finds

U.S. Treasury chief warns China on antitrust probes of foreign companies

VW Group deliveries increase 11% in August, outpace market

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