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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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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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  EV, plug-in hybrid sales triple in first 9 months
Automotive News China | 2014/10/21

Sales of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in China nearly tripled in the first nine months of the year, thanks to generous government incentives, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said. Automakers in China sold 38,163 units, including 22,258 EVs and 15,905 plug-in hybrids.

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  VW recalls 580,000 cars for rear axle glitch
Reuters | 2014/10/21

Volkswagen told China's quality watchdog that it planned to recall more than 580,000 cars in the country, after the agency launched an investigation in August. Volkswagen's joint venture in China, FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Co., will recall 563,605 New Sagitars produced between May 2011 and May 2014 due to a problem with the rear axle arm of the cars, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement on its website.

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  GM unveils faster data pipeline for OnStar-equipped Cadillacs
Automotive News China | 2014/10/21

SHANGHAI -- Shanghai General Motors will introduce a significantly faster data transmission system for OnStar-equipped vehicles in 2015. An unnamed Cadillac model will be equipped with 4G LTE next year, allowing motorists to use the vehicle as a Wi-Fi "hot spot" for data transmission to tablets, smartphones and other electronics used by passengers.

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  Softening market grapples with troubling trends
Hans Greimel | 2014/10/21

WUHAN -- 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.

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IAC boosts China capacity with 2 more trim plants
Automotive News China | 2014/10/21

International Automotive Components, the interior auto parts supplier formed from other companies including Lear Corp.'s interiors business and the assets of the bankrupt Collins & Aikman Corp., opened two plants in Changshu, China, last week. The factories add more than 240,000 square feet of manufacturing capacity for door panels, carpet, instrument panels, center consoles and other interior trim parts.

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Tesla Model S sales debut on Alibaba online mall
Bloomberg | 2014/10/21

SHANGHAI -- Tesla Motors Inc. began taking online orders for the Model S electric car in China, joining General Motors and Volkswagen AG in selling vehicles through Alibaba Group Holding's online shopping mall. Tesla began deliveries of the Model S in the world's largest auto market in April. The automaker is seeking to cut down the time required to ramp up its sales by selling directly through the web rather than set up a network of dealerships across the country.

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  China's BYD beats Renault, Nissan in Brussels electric taxi bid
Bloomberg | 2014/10/17

PARIS -- European Union officials in Brussels can now shuttle between policy meetings without burning fuel, thanks to a new fleet of electric-powered taxis made in China.
Shenzhen-based BYD Co. was the big winner of the city's first contract for emissioBYn-free taxis in the European Union's de facto capital, beating Renault and Nissan.

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