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  Changhe Auto readies 14 billion yuan assembly plant
Automotive News China | 2014/7/22

Jiangxi Changhe Automobile Co., a subsidiary of Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Corp., began construction on an assembly plant in Jingdezhen in east China's Jiangxi province. The new facility, due to launch production in late 2015, will have capacity to build up to 300,000 vehicles and 300,000 engines a year by late 2017, the company said.

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  VW Group creates chief marketing post for China, Southeast Asia
Automotive News China | 2014/7/22

The Volkswagen Group appointed Hu Bo chief marketing officer for its operations in Greater China and Southeast Asia. Hu, in the newly created position, will help the group enhance its brands and improve customer satisfaction throughout the region, the German automaker said last week. Hu previously was chief of the Volkswagen brand's imported vehicle business in China.

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  BYD to build electric bus, EV batteries in Brazil
Automotive News China | 2014/7/22

BYD Co. will construct an assembly plant in Brazil that will build up to 1,000 electric buses and battery packs a year. The plant, in the city of Campinas in Brazil's Sao Paulo region, will cost 200 Brazilian reals (560 million yuan), the company said. It will launch production next year. BYD plans to sell the buses in Brazil and other South American countries.

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  Shanghai GM recalls Cadillacs to fix faulty ignition
Automotive News China | 2014/7/22

BEIJING -- Shanghai General Motors will recall 14,953 Cadillacs to repair a faulty ignition, reported Xinhua, citing Chinese regulators. The state-owned news agency said GM will recall SRX crossovers built from 2004 through 2008, and CTS sedans produced from 2004 to 2012. All the vehicles were imported.

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  China probes foreign automakers' limits on sales of spare parts
Bloomberg | 2014/7/22

BEIJING -- China is examining whether foreign auto manufacturers are preventing component suppliers from selling spare parts to any dealerships besides those authorized by the car companies, people familiar with the matter said. The National Development and Reform Commission, China's economic planning body, is probing practices at Mercedes-Benz, Audi AG, BMW AG and Japanese carmakers to see whether prices of spare parts have been artificially boosted, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the probe hasn't been made public.

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Uber CEO targets Asian rivals as Hong Kong service begins
Bloomberg | 2014/7/22

Uber Technologies Inc., the popular ride-sharing company that's challenging traditional cab services worldwide, expanded into Hong Kong as it takes on the slew of similar apps sprouting in Asia. Though it's been available there for weeks on a trial basis, Uber marked July 17 as the beginning of its service in the city.

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  COMMENT
Why sales declines are healthy for Chinese carmakers
Yang Jian | 2014/7/18

SHANGHAI -- While global automakers have maintained double-digit sales growth this year, several major Chinese carmakers -- Geely, Jianghuai Automobile, Great Wall and Chery Automobile -- have suffered steep sales declines. Does this mean these companies are in deep trouble? No, it doesn't. Instead, it indicates the companies are shedding uncompetitive assets and focusing resources on core products. Pictured:Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.

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  PSA sales jump 28% in first 6 months
Automotive News China | 2014/7/18

PSA Peugeot Citroen's vehicle deliveries in China jumped 28 percent in the first six months to 353,000 units as the French automaker gained share in a slowing market. For the first six months, industry sales of light vehicles in China rose 11 percent, and the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers has warned that second-half industry sales growth may ease to 8 percent.

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  BMW to hike annual capacity by a third to 400,000
Reuters | 2014/7/18

BERLIN -- BMW Group said Wednesday it will raise capacity at its two Chinese plants by a third to 400,000 units over the next two years. Less than a month after extending its joint venture with Brilliance China Automotive Holdings until 2028, BMW said it also would double the range of locally made vehicles to six.

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  Mercedes, BMW post strong June deliveries
Automotive News China | 2014/7/18

Daimler AG says its Mercedes-Benz division's deliveries in China and Hong Kong rose 20 percent in June from the year-earlier period, to 23,465 units. Meanwhile, BMW AG says its deliveries of BMWs and Minis in China rose 17 percent year-on-year last month, to 40,212 units. For the first six months, Mercedes sales jumped nearly 38 percent to 135,972 units.

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Why sales declines are healthy for Chinese carmakers

BMW to hike annual capacity by a third to 400,000

PSA sales jump 28% in first 6 months

Mercedes, BMW post strong June deliveries

GM targets Chinese demand for large family cars

Tesla asks Chinese hackers to report Model S vulnerabilities

Qoros launches ad campaign for hatchback

FAW opens truck plant in South Africa

Nexteer to supply electric power steering systems to Dongfeng Peugeot

China's sales outlook cut by trade group on slow economy, purchase limits

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