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  VW Group sales slide 0.3% in August
Automotive News China | 2018/9/18

Volkswagen Group¡¯s China sales remained stuck in neutral for the third straight month, edging down 0.3 percent to 352,500 in August.   VW brand¡¯s August sales dipped 3.2 percent to 256,800 but Audi and Skoda each recorded impressive sales growth, according to the German auto group. 
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  Audi top luxury brand for 2nd straight month
Automotive News China | 2018/9/18

Audi remained the top-selling luxury car brand in China for the second consecutive month with August volume rising 6 percent from a year earlier to 57,453.   The growth was driven by two locally produced models -- the elongated A4 sedan and the A3 hatchback, Audi said.
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  Volvo seeks to exempt China-made crossover from U.S. tariff
Reuters | 2018/9/18

Volvo Cars is asking the Trump administration to exempt the company's China-made midsize XC60 crossover from new 25 percent tariffs, becoming the latest automaker to seek relief from new U.S. levies on China imports.
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  Honda localizes transmission output for hybrid vehicles
Automotive News China | 2018/9/18

Honda Motor Co. started building continuously variable transmissions for hybrid vehicles in China to ramp up local green vehicle output.   The CVT, specifically designed for Honda¡¯s Sport Hybrid powertrain for hybrid vehicles, is being produced at Honda¡¯s wholly owned transmission plant in Foshan in south China¡¯s Guangdong province.
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  BMW recalls more than 139,000 3-series cars for AC glitch
Reuters | 2018/9/18

German automaker BMW is recalling more than 139,000 3-series cars in China beginning Nov. 9 because of a defect in the air-conditioning system, the country¡¯s market regulator said.
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  Autoneum opens two plants in China
Automotive News China | 2018/9/18

Autoneum Holding, an automotive acoustic and thermal management parts supplier headquartered in Switzerland, launched two plants in China this month, significantly expanding its local manufacturing footprint. 
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  COMMENT
Chinese brands pay price for single-minded bet on crossovers
Yang Jian | 2018/9/14

It can be risky placing all your eggs in one basket, as the saying goes. That¡¯s the lesson Chinese carmakers should learn from the softening market over the past two months.   Their big bet on crossovers, which worked wonderfully over the past several years, is now causing havoc with their sales.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China.
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  New light-vehicle sales decline for 2nd straight month
Automotive News China | 2018/9/14

China¡¯s new light-vehicle sales slipped for the second month in a row in August, with deliveries dropping 4.6 percent year on year to roughly 1,789,900 vehicles.   Except for minibuses, all segments¡¯ sales declined last month, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. 
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  VW brand deliveries slide for 3rd month in a row
Automotive News China | 2018/9/14

Volkswagen brand¡¯s China deliveries declined for the third consecutive month in August, with volume falling 3.2 percent year on year to 256,800.   The German marque blamed the decrease on China¡¯s steep tariff reduction on imported vehicles. 
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  U.S. brands losing ground in shrinking market
Bloomberg | 2018/9/14

American carmakers are losing ground in a shrinking Chinese market, and their problems are mostly tied to a lack of competitiveness rather than the trade war, an industry trade group said. 
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TOP 10 HEADLINES
OF THE LAST WEEK
Chinese brands pay price for single-minded bet on crossovers

New light-vehicle sales decline for 2nd straight month

VW brand deliveries slide for 3rd month in a row

U.S. brands losing ground in shrinking market

Nio shares rev up after shaky U.S. debut

Toyota set to share hybrid tech with China, report says

Honda recalls 2 more models because of engine glitch

ZF to supply dual pinion steering for 3 major Chinese automakers

GM's 2 light-vehicle ventures post lower sales

Ford won't be swayed by Trump nudge to make new Focus in U.S.

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