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  Carmakers look to Beijing to revive market
Bloomberg | 2019/4/19

Volkswagen Group, Nissan Motor Co. and Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. are among the carmakers increasingly counting on Chinese government tax cuts to stimulate demand and help the world¡¯s biggest auto market rebound from its worst slump in a generation. The unanswered question is when that will happen.
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Behind GM's GEM of a plan to hit pay dirt in China, emerging markets
Reuters | 2019/4/19

GM has spent five years rewriting its playbook for making money in China¡¯s interior and Latin America.   Now, it's showtime for the first results of a project code-named GEM, for Global Emerging Market. The U.S. automaker this week unveiled two small utility vehicles that will be part of a new family of sedans and utilities the automaker forecasts will make up one in five of its global vehicle sales by 2023.
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GAC partners have no plans to raise stake in JVs, top exec says
Automotive News China | 2019/4/19

Guangzhou Automobile Co.¡¯s foreign partners don¡¯t plan to increase their stakes in Chinese joint ventures, GAC President Feng Xingya told journalists at the Shanghai auto show.   State-owned GAC runs 50-50 partnerships with Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co., Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
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  GM's Baojun brand plots major makeover
Reuters | 2019/4/19

LIUZHOU -- By many measures, General Motors' China brand Baojun has been an exceptional success story, growing at breakneck speed by selling low-cost, no-frills vehicles in smaller cities and rural areas.   But as Chinese consumer tastes shift away from basic and affordable, Baojun is engineering a different image for itself -- launching mid-market models that feature a redesigned logo and will be sold through new or revamped showrooms.
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  Cadillac plans more dealers in China
Reuters | 2019/4/19

General Motors' luxury Cadillac brand is enjoying strong growth in China, prompting plans to add hundreds of new stores, executives with the No. 1 U.S. automaker said at a conference on Wednesday in New York.   GM Cadillac President Steve Carlisle said that Cadillac would expand its network of dealers to 500 in China by 2025.
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Karma to launch China sales in second half
Automotive News China | 2019/4/19

Chinese-owned and California-based EV maker Karma Automotive will kick off sales in China in the second half of the year, CEO Lance Zhou said at the Shanghai auto show.   The company¡¯s first vehicle, the Revero GT, is an extended-range electric luxury car. It uses a turbocharged three-cylinder engine supplied by BMW Group to power an on-board electric generator. 
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  Aptiv sets AV tech ambitions in China
Automotive News | 2019/4/19

Global supplier Aptiv is securing a foothold for its self-driving technology in what may be the world's most lucrative autonomous vehicle market.   The company said Wednesday it has opened an Autonomous Mobility Center in China and will soon deploy test vehicles on the roads in and around Shanghai.
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China mulls easing controls over new-vehicle licenses to spur sales, report says
Reuters | 2019/4/19

BEIJING -- China is considering plans to relax controls over the issuance of new car licenses in major cities to boost flagging auto sales, financial magazine   Caixin   reported on Wednesday, citing a draft document by the country's state planner.   

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  Daimler suspends Mercedes franchise after customer complaint goes viral
Reuters | 2019/4/19

Daimler suspended a local sales franchise under its Mercedes-Benz brand after a customer complaint about service from the dealership went viral on social media.   Daimler said the dealership in Xi'an in the northwestern province of Shaanxi had reached an agreement with the customer and was investigating its customer service and business operations, and had suspended the franchise in the meantime.
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  China preps site to test AV tech on highways
Bloomberg | 2019/4/19

China is building its first site to test autonomous vehicles under highway conditions amid a global shift toward technologically advanced and self-driving cars.   State-backed Qilu Transportation Development Group Co. is using a section of an existing highway to create the test site in eastern Shandong province, a company spokesman said Thursday. 
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TOP 10 HEADLINES
OF THE LAST WEEK
Carmakers look to Beijing to revive market

Behind GM's GEM of a plan to hit pay dirt in China, emerging markets

GAC partners have no plans to raise stake in JVs, top exec says

GM's Baojun brand plots major makeover

Cadillac plans more dealers in China

Karma to launch China sales in second half

Aptiv sets AV tech ambitions in China

China mulls easing controls over new-vehicle licenses to spur sales, report says

Daimler suspends Mercedes franchise after customer complaint goes viral

China preps site to test AV tech on highways

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