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  Volkswagen AG's August deliveries increase 9.2% as Audi recovers
Automotive News China | 2017/9/19

Volkswagen AG said August sales in China rose 9.2 percent year on year to 353,500 vehicles as the automaker¡¯s Audi luxury brand continued to recover from a dispute with dealers.  For the month, Audi deliveries rose 10 percent to 54,205 vehicles, while Skoda sales were unchanged at 26,000. August totals for Porsche and Bentley were unavailable.
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  BMW trails Audi and Mercedes despite 12% monthly sales growth
Automotive News China | 2017/9/19

BMW AG's deliveries in China trailed those of rivals Audi and Mercedes-Benz last month even though BMW's sales rose 12 percent year on year to 47,385 vehicles.  According to BMW, the X1 small crossover and the 3-series sedan enjoyed strong demand.
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  SAIC, GAC report robust volume for proprietary brands
Automotive News China | 2017/9/19

Proprietary brands of two major state-owned automakers, SAIC Motor Corp. and Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., have maintained strong sales on demand for crossovers and SUVs.  In August, combined sales of SAIC¡¯s Roewe and MG brands surged 50 percent year on year to 40,668 vehicles. Likewise, deliveries of GAC¡¯s Trumpchi brand jumped 33 percent to 40,192 vehicles.
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  GM's record China deliveries mask so-so sales of EVs
Bloomberg | 2017/9/19

General Motors is delivering millions of vehicles a year in China, its largest market. That could become a problem if the company doesn¡¯t figure out how to sell more electric vehicles.  GM China is setting records with shipments by its Buick, Cadillac and Baojun brands. But the company sold fewer than 20 plug-in hybrid and battery-electric cars last year. 
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  Renault poised to approach 2017 sales goal with SUVs, crossovers
Automotive News China | 2017/9/19

Renault SA, a late entrant in China among global automakers, delivered 50,109 vehicles in the first eight months, more than four times its sales for the same period a year ago.  The French automaker¡¯s China sales through August have put it on track to come close to its 2017 sales target of 80,000 vehicles.
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  Mazda August deliveries climb on demand for Axela sedan
Automotive News China | 2017/9/19

Mazda Motor Corp.'s deliveries in China increased 8.4 percent year on year to 25,612 vehicles last month, thanks to the volume generated by the upgraded Mazda3 Axela compact sedan.  Although the Japanese automaker credited its sales increase to the Axela, which was introduced in February, it did not disclose results for individual models.
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  Tire maker Qingdao Doublestar ends bid to buy Korea's Kumho Tire
Automotive News China | 2017/9/19

Chinese tire maker Qingdao Doublestar Co. has abandoned an attempt to acquire a major stake in its South Korean peer, Kumho Tire Co.  Qingdao Doublestar's investment company has terminated a nonbinding agreement to buy shares in Kumho Tire, the Chinese company said this week in a statement. 
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  COMMENT
China's growing market becomes more complex for global automakers
Yang Jian | 2017/9/15

China's new-vehicle market, already the world¡¯s largest, continues to expand.  But for global automakers, the country is becoming an increasingly complex marketplace as a California-style carbon trading program forces them to form joint ventures with domestic companies that they would otherwise avoid.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China

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  2017 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW
In Europe, a call to innovate and build batteries, or lose more jobs to China
Reuters | 2017/9/15

Europe shouldn't rush to abandon the combustion engine and must build up its own production of electric vehicle batteries to compete with China, auto suppliers and manufacturers warned at this week's Frankfurt auto show.
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  VW recalls nearly 5 million vehicles in China over Takata airbags
Reuters | 2017/9/15

Volkswagen Group and its Chinese joint ventures, FAW-Volkswagen and SAIC Volkswagen, will recall 4.86 million vehicles in China due to potential issues with Takata airbags, in a blow to the company in the world's largest auto market. The recall comes after Chinese watchdogs asked VW as well as General Motors and Mercedes-Benz to recall vehicles with Takata airbags earlier this year.
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TOP 10 HEADLINES
OF THE LAST WEEK
China's growing market becomes more complex for global automakers

In Europe, a call to innovate and build batteries, or lose more jobs to China

VW recalls nearly 5 million vehicles in China over Takata airbags

Hyundai in tailspin as sales fall with missile crisis; some China dealers may bail

Chinese customers embrace Mercedes-Maybach

Dongfeng-PSA skid grows as August deliveries fall

EV, plug-in hybrid demand remains robust

Chery eyes Berlin for first European design studio

Dealership inventories continue to ease as sales growth resumes

Borgward draws on 1950s heritage with modern Isabella

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