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  GAC, citing trade frictions, postpones U.S. sales launch
Bloomberg | 2019/5/22

Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. is putting brakes on plans to become the first manufacturer to start selling Chinese-branded light vehicles in the U.S., citing the trade dispute between the world¡¯s two biggest economies and distribution "uncertainties."
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  VW Group gains share despite extended sales dip
Automotive News China | 2019/5/21

Volkswagen Group, the largest automaker in China, continues to outperform the overall new light-vehicle market despite the group's extended sales decline.   In April, VW¡¯s groupwide deliveries dropped 9.6 percent to 302,600. Yet, it gained market share as overall new light-vehicle demand nosedived nearly 18 percent to below 1.6 million in the month. 
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  Mercedes taps Russian chief to lead China sales
Automotive News China | 2019/5/21

Mercedes-Benz Cars  appointed Jan Madeja, head of its Russian operations, to be its sales chief in China, effective Sept. 1.   Madeja, 51, will take over as head of Beijing Mercedes-Benz Sales Service Co. -- Mercedes-Benz¡¯s sales company in China, from Nicholas Speeks, Mercedes parent Daimler said. 
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  China's tough rhetoric leaves U.S. trade talks in limbo
Reuters | 2019/5/21

BEIJING -- China is striking a more aggressive tone in its trade war with the United States, suggesting a resumption of talks between the world's two largest economies would be meaningless unless Washington changes course.   The tough talk capped a week in which Beijing unveiled fresh retaliatory tariffs, U.S. officials accused China of backtracking on promises made during months of talks and the Trump administration leveled a potentially crippling blow against one of China's biggest and most successful companies.
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  Geely, Daimler form mobility JV in Hangzhou
Automotive News China | 2019/5/21

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. and Daimler established a 1.7-billion-yuan ($246-million) joint venture in the east China city of Hangzhou to offer mobile services in China.   The new company is equally owned by the two automakers¡¯ mobility subsidiaries -- Geely Technology Group Co. and Daimler Mobility Services, according to Qixin.com, a Chinese website tracking registry and credit status of businesses. 
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  Brose to invest 300 million euros in China over next 3 years
Automotive News China | 2019/5/21

Brose Group plans to invest more than 300 million euros (2.3 billion yuan) for new products and technical equipment in China over the next three years.   The capital outlays account for 20 percent of the total investment the German supplier will make globally over the next few years.
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  Haima to sell properties to raise funds
Reuters | 2019/5/21

Haima Automotive Group Co. plans to sell more than 400 units of real estate to revitalize its corporate assets and boost liquidity, stock exchange filings showed.   The unusual sale of property is another sign of struggles faced by small and midsize automobile manufacturers as sales drop in the world's largest auto market.
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  Autonomous-vehicle race underscores need for more fine-tuning
Bloomberg | 2019/5/21

China's road to mastering driverless-vehicle technology is bumpy and full of surprises -- literally. Just ask those attending the country's top autonomous-vehicle race.   In hot and windy conditions in the eastern city of Tianjin, dozens of self-driving cars raced for glory. On a circuit covering an area of 10 soccer fields, they navigated through bumps, sudden turns and artificial fog.
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  How Beijing's campaign to protect the environment is hurting auto sales
Yang Jian | 2019/5/17

SHANGHAI -- China¡¯s economic growth has shown signs of stabilizing, but new light-vehicle sales have continued to decline, sliding 15 percent year on year to 6.8 million in the first four months.   What is prolonging the auto industry¡¯s slump? A government official points to China¡¯s environment protection campaign as a main culprit.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China
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  BMW sustains robust sales on strength of locally built X3 crossover
Automotive News China | 2019/5/17

BMW Group¡¯s China sales kept gathering steam in April on demand for the BMW X3 crossover built at the automaker¡¯s joint venture with Brilliance China Automotive Holdings.   Last month, the joint venture delivered 59,169 vehicles under the BMW and Mini brands in China, up 18 percent year on year, the German luxury carmaker said. 
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TOP 10 HEADLINES
OF THE LAST WEEK
How Beijing's campaign to protect the environment is hurting auto sales

BMW sustains robust sales on strength of locally built X3 crossover

EV sales growth slows; plug-in hybrid deliveries pick up

Ford sees profit return in China with local vehicle output

China-Vancouver luxury car trade lures dirty cash

Volvo's Polestar brand intensifies Tesla challenge with 'powerful little beast'

Jaguar Land Rover in uphill battle to revive China operations

Geely opens EV research center in Germany

Light-vehicle sales nosedive 18% in April

Sales at GM's 2 joint ventures plunge

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