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How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales
Yang Jian | 2017/2/17

SHANGHAI -- Audi cut itself a sorry figure in China's luxury car market last month.  As Audi deliveries fell 35 percent in January, China's leading luxury brand was finally overtaken by rivals Mercedes-Benz and BMW.  It was an especially poor performance in a month when second-tier luxury brands such as Cadillac and Volvo enjoyed robust sales.  Audi attributed the plunge to its dealers, but it has only itself to blame.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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  Hyundai deliveries climb 6.4%, outperform the market
Automotive News China | 2017/2/17

Hyundai Motor Co.'s China deliveries increased 6.4 percent year on year to 80,017 vehicles in January despite the weeklong Lunar New Year holiday, which eliminated five selling days.  The Korean brand outperformed the market; industry sales of light vehicles in China dropped 1.1 percent to 2.2 million vehicles.
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  Skoda sales in China decline 4.3% in January
Automotive News China | 2017/2/17

China sales of Czech automaker Skoda declined 4.3 percent year on year to 30,000 vehicles in January, another sign of corporate parent Volkswagen's recent struggles in its largest market.  Volkswagen Group has not yet reported January sales for all its brands in China. However, Audi sales slumped 35 percent year on year last month to 35,181 vehicles. (See related story in this newsletter.)
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  GM unveils nine-speed automatic gearbox in China
Automotive News China | 2017/2/17

General Motors says it plans to install its new nine-speed automatic transmissions in a number of vehicles produced in China to meet the country's increasingly strict fuel economy standards.  By 2020, the transmission will be used in 13 Chinese models under the Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac brands. 
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  BMW sales rise but lose ground to Mercedes
Automotive News China | 2017/2/14

BMW's China sales jumped 18 percent year on year to 51,345 vehicles in January, an impressive increase in light of the shortened selling period due to the Lunar New Year holiday.  BMW was still overtaken by rival Mercedes-Benz, whose deliveries during the period jumped 39 percent to 58,799 vehicles.
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  Hyundai to launch output at 5th China assembly plant in August
Automotive News China | 2017/2/14

Beijing Hyundai Motor Co.'s fifth assembly plant is due to begin production in Chongqing in August, reported Internet Info Agency, a Beijing-based website.  The new factory will produce up to 300,000 vehicles a year, according to the website, which cited Hyundai Executive Vice President Liu Zhifeng.
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  FAW ex-chairman goes to prison for taking bribes
Automotive News China | 2017/2/10

Xu Jianyi, the former chairman of China FAW Group Corp., was sentenced to 11 and a half years in prison Thursday for taking bribes, state-owned China Central Television reported.  At the No. 1 Intermediate People's Court of Beijing, Xu was convicted of taking bribes worth 12.2 million yuan ($1.8 million), according to the  TV report.
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  GM, Ford post steep sales declines in January
Automotive News China | 2017/2/10

General Motors and Ford Motor Co. suffered a sharp downturn in China deliveries last month, and both blamed the declines on a higher purchase tax and the Lunar New Year holiday.  Last month, GM's China deliveries slumped 24 percent year on year to 321,264 vehicles, while Ford's plunged 32 percent to 88,432 vehicles.
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  Fiat Chrysler's China venture turns a profit in 2016
Automotive News China | 2017/2/10

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. was profitable in 2016 after losing money for years.  GAC FCA Co.'s turnaround resulted from robust Jeep sales, GAC said in a statement.   
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  Hyundai may buy Chinese batteries amid political tension
Reuters | 2017/2/10

SEOUL -- Hyundai Motor Co. said Wednesday that it may buy batteries from Chinese companies for a planned China plug-in hybrid after South Korean battery makers failed to make a list of approved vendors last year.  The decision comes amid growing concern in South Korea that Beijing may be retaliating over Seoul's decision to deploy a U.S. anti-missile system.  
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How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales

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Hyundai deliveries climb 6.4%, outperform the market

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GM unveils nine-speed automatic gearbox in China

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Chinese suppliers invest in U.S. component makers

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