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  Light-vehicle sales drop in July behind weak crossover, SUV volume
Automotive News China | 2018/8/14

Sales of new light vehicles in China decreased 5.3 percent to about 1,589,500 in July as demand for crossovers and SUVs remained weaker for a second straight month. 
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  VW brand deliveries dip again as consumers delay purchases over lower tariffs
Automotive News China | 2018/8/14

Volkswagen brands sales in China declined for two consecutive months, with July volume dropping 2.4 percent to 223,500.    "The reason for the fall in China was a reduction in customs duties on imported vehicles," VW brand said.  "Following this change, customers have taken more time over their purchase decisions."
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  Audi narrowly outsells Mercedes-Benz in July
Automotive News China | 2018/8/14

Audis China sales topped those of Mercedes-Benz last month for the first time this year.   Audi sales increased 3.8 percent to 53,191 while Mercedes-Benz deliveries rose 8.3 percent to 52,616.  
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  Toyota, Nissan maintain growth; Honda volume drops again
Automotive News China | 2018/8/14

Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. continued to record sales gains in July, but Honda Motor Co.s China deliveries remained weaker.  According to the China Passenger Car Alliance, a Shanghai consultancy, Toyotas China deliveries advanced 17 percent year on year to roughly 127,400 in July. 
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  GM seeks to exclude China-made Buick Envision from tariff
Reuters | 2018/8/14

General Motors is seeking an exemption to a 25 percent U.S. tariff on its Chinese-made Buick Envision crossover, in a move to prevent the model from becoming a victim of the U.S.-China trade war. 
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  Ford slump drags into July
Reuters | 2018/8/14

BEIJING -- Ford Motor Co.s sales in China fell 32 percent in July from a year earlier to 57,662 vehicles, as the U.S. carmaker continued to suffer from a lack of fresh models in the world's largest auto market.
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  EV-sharing services backed by Geely, SAIC seek new funding to spur growth
Reuters | 2018/8/14

HONG KONG -- Two electric vehicle-sharing platforms backed by powerful Chinese carmakers plan to seek external funding totaling almost $730 million to fuel growth, people with direct knowledge of the plans said. 
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  Porsche gives Macan customers in China a head start
Automotive News Europe | 2018/8/14

SHANGHAI -- In a first for a German automaker, Porsche is starting sales of its freshened Macan crossover in China ahead of other markets.   Chinese customers can now submit advance orders for the face-lifted compact crossover, which was unveiled here on July 25, for delivery starting mid-November.
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  BMW delays Chinese deliveries of X4 vehicles to fix brake issue
Reuters | 2018/8/13

FRANKFURT -- BMW said around 400 BMW X4 crossovers, built in Spartanburg, S.C., are being withheld from delivery to Chinese customers until a potential brake problem has been fixed as part of a global safety recall.
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  Geely sales continue to surge; Great Wall deliveries slump
Automotive News China | 2018/8/10

Geely Automobile Holdings maintained robust sales growth in July, with deliveries jumping 32 percent year on year to 120,277 vehicles.  By contrast, Great Wall Motor Co.s sales slumped 21 percent last month from a year earlier to 54,334.
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TOP 10 HEADLINES
OF THE LAST WEEK
Geely sales continue to surge; Great Wall deliveries slump

Ford to launch new basic crossover under revival effort

Toyota to build electrified vehicles in Tianjin

Tesla starts hiring in China before breaking ground

Geely mulls 13 billion yuan revival plan for Lotus

Daimler in talks to build Smart EVs in China, sources say

Porsche raises full-year sales forecast on growing demand in China

Honda recalls another 69,000 vehicles

Chinese EV startup GYON launches partnership with Gaffoglio

U.S.-built Mercedes-Benz crossovers, SUVs held up by Chinese customs

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