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China woes expose lax quality control at JLR
Yang Jian | 2019/2/15

SHANGHAI -- Jaguar Land Rover blames its latest quarterly loss largely on "challenging market conditions in China," which include a rare decline in industrywide sales and the trade dispute between China and the United States.   But those challenges are only part of the problem facing the company. What has rattled JLR¡¯s fortunes in China most are persistent woes with reliability and dependability.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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  VW brand sales drop 3.1% in January for 8th straight decline
Automotive News China | 2019/2/15

Volkswagen, the largest vehicle brand in China, suffered its eighth consecutive monthly sales decline in January, dipping 3.1 percent from a year earlier to 287,900.   VW Group blamed its flagship brand¡¯s extended sales fall on "an uncertain economic environment" in China that has made vehicle buyers reluctant to spend.
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  Nissan targets 2.6% sales growth in 2019
Automotive News China | 2019/2/15

Nissan Motor Co. expects to increase sales in China 2.6 percent to more than 1.6 million this year.   The Japanese brand disclosed the target after posting slightly weaker sales in January.   Nissan¡¯s China deliveries slid 0.8 percent to 133,934 last month compared with January 2018.
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  Changan dangles discounts for rural consumers
Reuters | 2019/2/15

Chongqing Changan Automotive said it would offer discounts to buyers in rural areas, the first big Chinese automaker to do so after Beijing promised to roll out supportive policies for the world's largest auto market.   The carmaker said in a statement that it would offer customers up to 22,000 yuan ($3,255.50) in subsidies on the Oshan series of multipurpose vehicles in large rural areas, without specifying where.
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  Tesla rushes Model 3s to China before trade truce expires
Bloomberg | 2019/2/15

Tesla is loading as many Model 3 sedans as it can onto vessels destined for China ahead of March 1, when a trade war truce between presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping is scheduled to expire.   Tesla CEO Elon Musk fears the two countries could ratchet tariffs back up, which would make the automaker¡¯s EVs more expensive in China and boost costs of key components the country sends to the company¡¯s U.S. assembly plant.
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  Used-vehicle deliveries rise 11% in 2018 on strength of crossovers, SUVs
Automotive News China | 2019/2/15

Used-vehicle sales in China increased at a double-digit pace for the third straight year in 2018, advancing 11 percent year on year to more than 13.8 million.   The growth was driven by used crossovers and SUVs, according to the China Automobile Dealers Association. 
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  Self-driving truck startup TuSimple raises nearly $100 million
Pete Bigelow | 2019/2/15

TuSimple, a self-driving truck startup based in Beijing, raised new funds that will help the company quickly expand its U.S. fleet and accelerate joint-development projects with major automakers and suppliers.
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  GM to launch 20-plus new and updated models this year
Automotive News China | 2019/2/12

General Motors will roll out more than 20 new and face-lifted vehicles in China this year to shore up sales growth.   Half of the vehicles will be new nameplates, the Detroit automaker said, without releasing more specifics about the models.
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  Geely shores up sales with new products
Automotive News China | 2019/2/12

Geely Automobile Holdings eked out a 2 percent sales increase in January behind demand for two Geely models and three vehicles launched under the new premium marque Lynk & CO.   Geely delivered 158,393 vehicles under the Geely and Lynk & CO brands last month, the Hong Kong-listed company said. 
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  Mercedes-Benz outsells Audi on sedan demand
Automotive News China | 2019/2/12

Mercedes-Benz beat Audi in China sales last month behind demand generated by the elongated C- and E-class sedans.   Mercedes-Benz¡¯s January deliveries rose 4.8 percent from a year earlier to 71,697, with long-wheelbase versions of the C- and E-class sedans both posting double-digit sales growth. Audi's deliveries rose 5.1 percent last month to roughly 64,000. 
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TOP 10 HEADLINES
OF THE LAST WEEK
China woes expose lax quality control at JLR

VW brand sales drop 3.1% in January for 8th straight decline

Nissan targets 2.6% sales growth in 2019

Changan dangles discounts for rural consumers

Tesla rushes Model 3s to China before trade truce expires

Used-vehicle deliveries rise 11% in 2018 on strength of crossovers, SUVs

Self-driving truck startup TuSimple raises nearly $100 million

GM to launch 20-plus new and updated models this year

Geely shores up sales with new products

Mercedes-Benz outsells Audi on sedan demand

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