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The party is over for China's automakers; a hangover awaits in 2017
Yang Jian | 2016/12/9

SHANGHAI -- Automakers in China should enjoy their booming sales this year because the party will be over all too soon.  After unexpectedly high sales growth this year, the automakers likely will confront two big headaches in 2017: Stagnating vehicle sales, and pressure from Beijing to boost electric vehicle production -- with or without consumer demand.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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  Retail sales of passenger vehicles jump 20% in November
Bloomberg | 2016/12/9

Retail passenger vehicle sales in China surged 20 percent to 2.42 million vehicles in November, led by demand for SUVs, according to data released Thursday by the China Passenger Car Association.  China posted a 26th consecutive annual auto sales record with a month to spare, fueled by a cut in the purchase tax on vehicles with small engines. The last time the Chinese car market shrank was in 1990.
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  Great Wall targets 1 million deliveries in 2016 after big Nov. sales gain
Automotive News China | 2016/12/9

Great Wall Motor Co., China's largest manufacturer of crossovers and SUVs, is poised to be the second Chinese carmaker to sell 1 million vehicles a year after November sales jumped 43 percent to 129,087 vehicles.  In the first 11 months, the company's deliveries have risen 22 percent to 923,923 vehicles.
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  Mercedes China volume climbs on demand for SUVs, redesigned E class
Automotive News China | 2016/12/9

STUTTGART -- Mercedes-Benz deliveries in China rose nearly 17 percent year on year in November to 42,310 vehicles on strong demand for the redesigned E-class sedan and Mercedes' lineup of SUVs.  The German automaker's Smart minicar brand also prospered, as sales in China doubled last month from a year earlier. Mercedes did not provide unit sales for Smart. 
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  Ford's sales rise 17% in November on strength of trucks
Automotive News China | 2016/12/9

Ford Motor Co.'s deliveries in China advanced 17 percent from a year earlier to 124,113 vehicles in November on robust demand for trucks.  Sales of Jiangling Motor Corp., Ford's commercial vehicle joint venture, surged 29 percent last month to 26,285 vehicles. 

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  Honda breaks ground for assembly plant in Wuhan
Automotive News China | 2016/12/9

Honda Motor Co. has launched construction of an assembly plant in the central China city of Wuhan to meet the market's strong demand for its products.  The 3 billion yuan ($436 million) factory will begin production in the first half of 2019. It will build as many as 120,000 vehicles a year, Honda said in a written statement.
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Mercedes to produce EVs, batteries in China
Bloomberg | 2016/12/9

Mercedes-Benz plans to build a battery plant and make EQ electric cars in China, as regulators crack down on pollution and energy waste.  "It's our strategy to localize production in China, and that goes for electric cars too," said Hubertus Troska, the German automaker's chief of Chinese operations. 

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  GM China sales advance 7% in Nov. on strong Cadillac, Baojun volume
Automotive News China | 2016/12/6

SHANGHAI -- General Motors' deliveries in China increased 7 percent from a year earlier to 371,740 vehicles last month, as strong demand for the Cadillac and Baojun brands offset weak sales of midmarket models.  Cadillac deliveries soared 70 percent to 13,476 vehicles in November -- the fifth straight month in which the luxury brand's year-on-year sales increase topped 50 percent. 
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  Honda, Toyota race toward close finish in 2016
Reuters | 2016/12/6

Honda Motor Co. sales in China surpassed those of Toyota Motor Corp. in the first 11 months of the year, setting up the Japanese rivals for a photo finish in their rankings for the year.  Through November, Honda sold roughly 14,500 more vehicles than Toyota, according to sales reports released by the two companies on Friday.
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  Geely's November sales double on demand for new models
Automotive News China | 2016/12/6

Geely Automobile Holdings' sales surged 99 percent year on year to 102,422 vehicles last month, thanks to robust demand for four models introduced this year.  The company said it was the first time that monthly sales have exceeded 100,000 vehicles.
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