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Thriving Baojun bodes well for GM's future in China
Yang Jian | 2017/12/15

When General Motors unveiled the entry-level Baojun marque in 2010, few expected it to become GM China¡¯s top-selling brand.  But that became reality last month. With a moderately priced line of crossovers and multipurpose vehicles, Baojun topped Buick in sales last month. Buick sold 112,738 vehicles while Baojun delivered 113,711 units in China in November. The latest tally marks a huge transformation for SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile Co., the joint venture that markets Baojun.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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  BMW poised to become China's No. 1 luxury brand
Automotive News China | 2017/12/15

BMW AG's deliveries in China rose 12 percent year on year in November to 55,293 vehicles -- a result that positions the automaker to be China¡¯s top-selling luxury brand this year.  For the period, Audi sales rose 6.5 percent to 56,208 units while Mercedes-Benz deliveries increased 22 percent to 50,813. 
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  BYD plans EV assembly plant in Morocco
Automotive News Europe | 2017/12/15

BYD Auto Co. signed an agreement to open an assembly plant in Morocco to build battery-powered passenger cars, buses and trucks.  The factory will be located in Mohamed VI Tangier Tech City, which is part of a new project between China and Morocco to create what some are calling a North African Silicon Valley.
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  Mazda deliveries rise behind demand for fuel-efficient cars
Automotive News China | 2017/12/15

Mazda Motor Corp.'s China sales increased 11 percent to 33,546 vehicles in November on strong demand for vehicles equipped with Skyactiv direct-injection engines.  The Japanese automaker currently builds four models in China that are fitted with Skyactiv powertrains: the Mazda6 Atenza, the Axela, the CX-4 and the CX-5.
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  REV Group to build vehicles with Chery in Wuhu
Automotive News China | 2017/12/15

U.S. special-vehicle maker REV Group is forming a joint venture with Chery Automobile Co. to build recreational vehicles and ambulances in the east China city of Wuhu.  Under the agreement, the joint venture will build an assembly plant in Wuhu. 
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  Ford deliveries fall despite strong Lincoln volume
Automotive News China | 2017/12/12

Ford Motor Co. continued to lose market share in November with China sales falling 8 percent to 117,593 from a year earlier.  Deliveries at Changan Ford Motor Co. fell 12 percent to 84,231 light vehicles.  Sales at Jiangling Motor Corp., a Ford joint venture that builds commercial vans, SUVs, multipurpose vehicles and JMC-badged trucks, edged down 1 percent to 26,083.
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  BAIC to halt sales of gasoline-powered vehicles in 2025
Automotive News China | 2017/12/12

BAIC Motor Group will halt production and sales of internal-combustion vehicles in China by 2025, Chairman Xu Heyi said.  The state-owned automaker plans to take a major step toward that goal in 2020, when it will halt the sale of fossil fuel-powered vehicles in Beijing, he added.
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  Audi, Mercedes rack up Nov. sales gains
Automotive News China | 2017/12/12

Audi AG said its deliveries rose 6.5 percent year on year in November to 56,208 -- enough to re-establish itself as China's No. 1 luxury brand.  Audi, in a statement, noted that the A4 sedan accounted for the largest share of the company's November sales growth. Mercedes-Benz sales in China increased 22 percent to 50,813 units last month.
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  China to be Ford's test lab for online sales
Automotive News | 2017/12/12

Ford Motor Co. is using the world's largest vehicle market as a test bed for alternatives to traditional dealer showrooms.  The automaker last week introduced a partnership with Alibaba Group Holding to explore the possible sale of Ford vehicles in China on Alibaba's online retail platform Tmall. 
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  GM sales rise 13% in November as Baojun, Cadillac thrive
Automotive News China | 2017/12/8

General Motors said deliveries of its various brands rose 13 percent year on year to 418,225 vehicles in November, on strong demand for luxury cars and entry-level models.  For the month, Cadillac sales jumped 23 percent to 16,629 units, led by its best-selling model, the XT5 luxury SUV. 
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TOP 10 HEADLINES
OF THE LAST WEEK
Thriving Baojun bodes well for GM's future in China

BMW poised to become China's No. 1 luxury brand

VW-brand sales rise 16% in November

EV demand continues to soar

BYD plans EV assembly plant in Morocco

Mazda deliveries rise behind demand for fuel-efficient cars

REV Group to build vehicles with Chery in Wuhu

China sales slip in Nov. on weaker car, MPV demand

Ford deliveries fall despite strong Lincoln volume

BAIC to halt sales of gasoline-powered vehicles in 2025

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