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Paris streets offer a glimpse of China's EV future
Yang Jian | 2016/10/21

Last month, I started wondering about the future of electric cars in China after Beijing disclosed its plan to introduce a California-style carbon credit trading scheme.  It's one thing for automakers to stock their showrooms with electric cars and plug-in hybrids. But will customers buy them? And how will they use them?  I couldn't find a clear answer to this question until I arrived in France last month for the Paris auto show.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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  Geely's Lynk brand sets 2018 launch for compact SUV in Europe, U.S.
Automotive News Europe | 2016/10/21

Geely Automobile's new global brand, Lynk & Co., will launch sales of its first model, an SUV developed with Volvo Car Corp., in 2018 in Europe and the United States.  The launches will happen after the vehicle debuts in China late next year.
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  Hyundai opens 4th assembly plant in China
Automotive News China | 2016/10/21

Beijing Hyundai Motor Co. launched production in the north China city of Cangzhou on Monday. The 12 billion yuan ($1.8 billion) factory, Hyundai's fourth plant in China, can produce 200,000 vehicles a year.  The company says the plant's annual production capacity will increase to 300,000 vehicles by 2018.
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  Exports recover, but shipments to Russia tumble
Automotive News China | 2016/10/21

Car exports from China recovered for the second month in September, rising 16 percent year on year to 42,000 vehicles, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.  But China's passenger vehicle exports to Russia, a major overseas market for domestic Chinese brands, continued to shrink. 
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  LeEco stumbles with U.S. debut of driverless car
Reuters | 2016/10/21

SAN FRANCISCO  -- Chinese technology company LeEco made an inauspicious entry into the race to develop self-driving electric cars on Wednesday when its prototype car could not make it down the runway during a gala event here.  China's Le Holdings Co., also known as LeEco, planned to unveil its self-driving car prototype as part of a splashy U.S. launch for an array of technology products and services, including phones, TVs and entertainment production.
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  Chevrolet to fuel China turnaround with 15 new, refreshed models
Automotive News China | 2016/10/21

General Motors plans to roll out 15 new or refreshed Chevrolet models in China by 2020 as part of the company's effort to boost the brand's chronically weak sales.  Six of the models will be crossovers or SUVs, and half will be new nameplates for the Chinese market, the company said. The vehicles will feature small, turbocharged engines, diesel engines, hybrid powerplants and plug-in hybrid technology.
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  China's dirty coal capital fields a fleet of electric taxis
Bloomberg | 2016/10/21

Sitting in the middle of almost 270 billion tons of coal reserves, the city of Taiyuan in northern China is an unlikely place to look for a leader in the battle for a greener future.  The local government has implemented rules to require coal-fired plants to install scrubbers, clamp down on polluting vehicles, regulate barbecue stands and ban farmers from burning straw. But its biggest coup came last month, when it became the first city to replace its entire fleet of taxis with electric vehicles.
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  Infiniti weighs first EV with eye on China
Bloomberg | 2016/10/20

Nissan Motor Co.'s premium Infiniti brand is evaluating when to introduce an electric vehicle with the outlook for demand in China in mind.  Infiniti now offers nine models in China, of which five are SUVs and the remaining sedans. Six of the vehicles run on gasoline and the others, hybrid models.

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  VW, behind 20% gain, tops GM in September sales
Automotive News China | 2016/10/18

Volkswagen Group said sales of its various brands in China rose 20 percent year on year to 382,300 in September -- enough to claim bragging rights as China's largest foreign automaker.  Rival General Motors reported sales of 343,773 vehicles, an increase of 16 percent, last month.
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  BMW outperforms Audi in September
Automotive News China | 2016/10/18

BMW AG said deliveries of its BMW and Mini brands in China grew nearly 20 percent year on year to 49,204 vehicles -- outperforming rival Audi, which eked out a 2.6 percent gain for the month.  With sales of 54,499 cars and light trucks, Audi maintained its status as China's largest luxury brand. But its once-comfortable sales margin over BMW and Mercedes has been shrinking. 
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German brands ready to conquer China's EV market

China's vehicle sales jump 29% in Sept. on soon-to-expire incentives

Ford deliveries advance on Focus surge

Geely hikes sales target after September surge

GM invests in Chinese car-sharing startup

Ssangyong Motor may produce vehicles in China

BYD to build EV assembly plant in Hungary

GM sales jump 16% in September as Cadillac shines

Mercedes deliveries rise 20% with launch of redesigned, stretched E class

Jaguar Land Rover sales surge; Infiniti struggles

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