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Why it won't be easy for foreign automakers to part with Chinese partners
Yang Jian | 2018/4/20

The Chinese government announced this week that it will phase out restrictions on foreign ownership of joint ventures with domestic automakers by 2020.  The move bodes well for foreign automakers¡¯ future in China as it will allow them to part from joint venture partners and gain full control of local operations.  But a complete separation will be hard for nearly all global brands that manufacture in China and may not be desirable for major global automakers such as General Motors.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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  China to scrap foreign ownership caps on joint ventures by 2022
Reuters | 2018/4/20

China will end foreign ownership caps on local auto companies by 2022 and will remove restrictions on green vehicle ventures this year, a major shift that will open the market wider to automakers such as Nissan and Tesla.  The move, which comes amid a trade standoff between Washington and Beijing, signals the end of a rule put in place in 1994 in the world's largest auto market that limits foreign automakers to a 50 percent share of any local venture.


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  Infiniti sets ambitious plan to hike China output
Hans Greimel | 2018/4/20

Infiniti wants to go big in China by going local.  Nissan Motor Co.¡¯s luxury brand aims to triple sales in the world¡¯s biggest auto market in five years by ramping up production of five new nameplates in the country.  The first of the vehicles to be built in China will be the QX50 crossover, which will go on sale in the country by year¡¯s end, Infiniti said Thursday. 
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  BEIJING AUTO SHOW PREVIEW
SUVs, EVs will reign supreme to answer China's booming demand
Hans Greimel | 2018/4/20

When global automakers descend on Beijing next week for Auto China, they will be laser-focused on two white-hot vehicle segments.  In one, the booming crossover and SUV market, Chinese demand is consumer-driven. In the other, the surging new-energy vehicle arena, demand is buoyed largely by generous subsidies. But automakers can't ignore either and are racing to flesh out their lineups in both. 
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  Daimler investor Li warns automakers must talk or face oblivion
Bloomberg | 2018/4/20

The guessing game on Li Shufu¡¯s intentions after buying the biggest stake in Daimler is up: Automakers must cooperate, or risk being swallowed up.  That¡¯s the takeaway from an editorial written by the owner of China¡¯s biggest non-state carmaker in  Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
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  BEIJING AUTO SHOW
GM, in electric push, preps Buick Velite 6 PHEV, EV
Michael Wayland | 2018/4/20

The first vehicle announced under General Motors' ambitious effort to introduce at least 20 electric or fuel cell vehicles by 2023 will be the Buick Velite 6 for China.  The company on Tuesday, ahead of the Beijing auto show, introduced a plug-in hybrid electric variant of the Velite 6 sedan alongside a full-electric concept SUV called Enspire, which features a range of 370 miles or more.
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  BEIJING AUTO SHOW
Honda, Toyota prepare electrified cars
Automotive News China | 2018/4/20

Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. are preparing new electric vehicles for the Beijing auto show to boost their credentials as green vehicle makers.   Honda will stage the world premiere of a Honda-brand electric car concept and a hybrid variant of Acura¡¯s CDX crossover.  Plug-in hybrid versions of the Toyota Corolla and Levin compact sedans will also make global debuts at the show. 
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  BEIJING AUTO SHOW
Lexus' next-gen ES sports new contours, tweaked grille
Laurence Iliff | 2018/4/20

The next-generation Lexus ES sedan, which will debut at the Beijing auto show, will feature a more stylized body with a more prominent version of the brand's polarizing spindle grille.  The flattish sides of the current generation are replaced with more contoured shapes in the hybrid version of the midsize sedan previewed in a photo released Tuesday by Lexus.
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  VW Group tops GM in 1st quarter behind Audi, Skoda
Automotive News China | 2018/4/17

Volkswagen Group defended its position as the largest light-vehicle seller in China in the first quarter with sales advancing 13 percent to nearly 1.01 million. The German auto giant's sales growth was led by Audi and Skoda.  General Motors was second with deliveries increasing 8 percent to 986,052 during the period.
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  China, in global race, sets rules for self-driving vehicle tests
Reuters | 2018/4/17

China laid out national guidelines for testing self-driving cars as it looks to keep pace with the United States in a global race to develop autonomous vehicles, the  China Daily  newspaper reported, citing the country's industry ministry. 
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TOP 10 HEADLINES
OF THE LAST WEEK
Why it won't be easy for foreign automakers to part with Chinese partners

China to scrap foreign ownership caps on joint ventures by 2022

Infiniti sets ambitious plan to hike China output

SUVs, EVs will reign supreme to answer China's booming demand

Daimler investor Li warns automakers must talk or face oblivion

GM, in electric push, preps Buick Velite 6 PHEV, EV

Honda, Toyota prepare electrified cars

Lexus' next-gen ES sports new contours, tweaked grille

VW Group tops GM in 1st quarter behind Audi, Skoda

China, in global race, sets rules for self-driving vehicle tests

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