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Thriving Baojun bodes well for GM's future in China
Yang Jian | 2017/12/15

When General Motors unveiled the entry-level Baojun marque in 2010, few expected it to become GM China¡¯s top-selling brand.  But that became reality last month. With a moderately priced line of crossovers and multipurpose vehicles, Baojun topped Buick in sales last month. Buick sold 112,738 vehicles while Baojun delivered 113,711 units in China in November. The latest tally marks a huge transformation for SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile Co., the joint venture that markets Baojun.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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  BMW poised to become China's No. 1 luxury brand
Automotive News China | 2017/12/15

BMW AG's deliveries in China rose 12 percent year on year in November to 55,293 vehicles -- a result that positions the automaker to be China¡¯s top-selling luxury brand this year.  For the period, Audi sales rose 6.5 percent to 56,208 units while Mercedes-Benz deliveries increased 22 percent to 50,813. 
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  VW-brand sales rise 16% in November
Automotive News China | 2017/12/15

Volkswagen-brand deliveries in China rose 16 percent to 331,100 vehicles last month, positioning the German automaker for a strong year-end sales push.  The VW brand significantly out-performed the overall market. In November, industry sales of light vehicles declined 0.03 percent.
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  EV demand continues to soar
Automotive News China | 2017/12/15

Sales of all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in China surged 83 percent to 119,000 vehicles last month as government subsidies continue to attract buyers.  In November, 102,000 EVs were delivered, a gain of 75 percent from a year earlier, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. Plug-in hybrid deliveries shot up 154 percent to 17,000 vehicles. 
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  BYD plans EV assembly plant in Morocco
Automotive News Europe | 2017/12/15

BYD Auto Co. signed an agreement to open an assembly plant in Morocco to build battery-powered passenger cars, buses and trucks.  The factory will be located in Mohamed VI Tangier Tech City, which is part of a new project between China and Morocco to create what some are calling a North African Silicon Valley.
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  Mazda deliveries rise behind demand for fuel-efficient cars
Automotive News China | 2017/12/15

Mazda Motor Corp.'s China sales increased 11 percent to 33,546 vehicles in November on strong demand for vehicles equipped with Skyactiv direct-injection engines.  The Japanese automaker currently builds four models in China that are fitted with Skyactiv powertrains: the Mazda6 Atenza, the Axela, the CX-4 and the CX-5.
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  REV Group to build vehicles with Chery in Wuhu
Automotive News China | 2017/12/15

U.S. special-vehicle maker REV Group is forming a joint venture with Chery Automobile Co. to build recreational vehicles and ambulances in the east China city of Wuhu.  Under the agreement, the joint venture will build an assembly plant in Wuhu. 
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  China sales slip in Nov. on weaker car, MPV demand
Automotive News China | 2017/12/12

Sales of light vehicles in China declined 0.03 percent to 2.6 million vehicles in November from a year earlier, marking the first time the market failed to rise in nearly two years, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers reported. The slight year-on-year dip reflected explosive sales growth a year earlier, noted John Zeng, Asian director of LMC Automotive. 
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  Ford deliveries fall despite strong Lincoln volume
Automotive News China | 2017/12/12

Ford Motor Co. continued to lose market share in November with China sales falling 8 percent to 117,593 from a year earlier.  Deliveries at Changan Ford Motor Co. fell 12 percent to 84,231 light vehicles.  Sales at Jiangling Motor Corp., a Ford joint venture that builds commercial vans, SUVs, multipurpose vehicles and JMC-badged trucks, edged down 1 percent to 26,083.
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  BAIC to halt sales of gasoline-powered vehicles in 2025
Automotive News China | 2017/12/12

BAIC Motor Group will halt production and sales of internal-combustion vehicles in China by 2025, Chairman Xu Heyi said.  The state-owned automaker plans to take a major step toward that goal in 2020, when it will halt the sale of fossil fuel-powered vehicles in Beijing, he added.
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TOP 10 HEADLINES
OF THE LAST WEEK
Thriving Baojun bodes well for GM's future in China

BMW poised to become China's No. 1 luxury brand

VW-brand sales rise 16% in November

EV demand continues to soar

BYD plans EV assembly plant in Morocco

Mazda deliveries rise behind demand for fuel-efficient cars

REV Group to build vehicles with Chery in Wuhu

China sales slip in Nov. on weaker car, MPV demand

Ford deliveries fall despite strong Lincoln volume

BAIC to halt sales of gasoline-powered vehicles in 2025

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