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  BMW trails Audi and Mercedes despite 12% monthly sales growth
Automotive News China | 2017/9/19

BMW AG's deliveries in China trailed those of rivals Audi and Mercedes-Benz last month even though BMW's sales rose 12 percent year on year to 47,385 vehicles.  According to BMW, the X1 small crossover and the 3-series sedan enjoyed strong demand.
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  SAIC, GAC report robust volume for proprietary brands
Automotive News China | 2017/9/19

Proprietary brands of two major state-owned automakers, SAIC Motor Corp. and Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., have maintained strong sales on demand for crossovers and SUVs.  In August, combined sales of SAIC¡¯s Roewe and MG brands surged 50 percent year on year to 40,668 vehicles. Likewise, deliveries of GAC¡¯s Trumpchi brand jumped 33 percent to 40,192 vehicles.
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  GM's record China deliveries mask so-so sales of EVs
Bloomberg | 2017/9/19

General Motors is delivering millions of vehicles a year in China, its largest market. That could become a problem if the company doesn¡¯t figure out how to sell more electric vehicles.  GM China is setting records with shipments by its Buick, Cadillac and Baojun brands. But the company sold fewer than 20 plug-in hybrid and battery-electric cars last year. 
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  Renault poised to approach 2017 sales goal with SUVs, crossovers
Automotive News China | 2017/9/19

Renault SA, a late entrant in China among global automakers, delivered 50,109 vehicles in the first eight months, more than four times its sales for the same period a year ago.  The French automaker¡¯s China sales through August have put it on track to come close to its 2017 sales target of 80,000 vehicles.
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  Mazda August deliveries climb on demand for Axela sedan
Automotive News China | 2017/9/19

Mazda Motor Corp.'s deliveries in China increased 8.4 percent year on year to 25,612 vehicles last month, thanks to the volume generated by the upgraded Mazda3 Axela compact sedan.  Although the Japanese automaker credited its sales increase to the Axela, which was introduced in February, it did not disclose results for individual models.
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  Tire maker Qingdao Doublestar ends bid to buy Korea's Kumho Tire
Automotive News China | 2017/9/19

Chinese tire maker Qingdao Doublestar Co. has abandoned an attempt to acquire a major stake in its South Korean peer, Kumho Tire Co.  Qingdao Doublestar's investment company has terminated a nonbinding agreement to buy shares in Kumho Tire, the Chinese company said this week in a statement. 
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  COMMENT
China's growing market becomes more complex for global automakers
Yang Jian | 2017/9/15

China's new-vehicle market, already the world¡¯s largest, continues to expand.  But for global automakers, the country is becoming an increasingly complex marketplace as a California-style carbon trading program forces them to form joint ventures with domestic companies that they would otherwise avoid.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China

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  2017 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW
In Europe, a call to innovate and build batteries, or lose more jobs to China
Reuters | 2017/9/15

Europe shouldn't rush to abandon the combustion engine and must build up its own production of electric vehicle batteries to compete with China, auto suppliers and manufacturers warned at this week's Frankfurt auto show.
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  VW recalls nearly 5 million vehicles in China over Takata airbags
Reuters | 2017/9/15

Volkswagen Group and its Chinese joint ventures, FAW-Volkswagen and SAIC Volkswagen, will recall 4.86 million vehicles in China due to potential issues with Takata airbags, in a blow to the company in the world's largest auto market. The recall comes after Chinese watchdogs asked VW as well as General Motors and Mercedes-Benz to recall vehicles with Takata airbags earlier this year.
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  Hyundai in tailspin as sales fall with missile crisis; some China dealers may bail
Reuters | 2017/9/15

Chinese buyers are shunning Hyundai because of political tensions over a missile-defense system, with sales plunging 64 percent in the aftermath.  Dealers in China say they're losing thousands of yuan on every Hyundai sale because of steep discounts, and some may drop the brand. 
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  Chinese customers embrace Mercedes-Maybach
Reuters | 2017/9/15

China is now by far the biggest market for Mercedes-Benz, a region where the luxury carmaker is still selling more than 500 Maybach sedans a month.  "We are still seeing more than 500 sold a month. And if you see the prices, which we have no control over, then some customers are paying above list price," Hubertus Troska, Daimler's board member responsible for Greater China, told reporters at the Frankfurt auto show this week.
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  Dongfeng-PSA skid grows as August deliveries fall
Automotive News China | 2017/9/15

Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile Co., PSA's joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Co., continues to lose market share, with August sales tumbling 38 percent to 26,205 vehicles.  In the first eight months, the partnership¡¯s deliveries plummeted 46 percent from a year earlier to 195,138, according to figures disclosed by Dongfeng, a state-owned Chinese company.
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  EV, plug-in hybrid demand remains robust
Automotive News China | 2017/9/15

Sales of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in China jumped 76 percent from a year earlier and approached 68,000 in August.  The surge was driven by demand for EVs. Approximately 56,000 EVs were sold across the country last month, a gain of 96 percent year on year, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. 
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  2017 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW
Chery eyes Berlin for first European design studio
Automotive News Europe | 2017/9/15

Chery Automobile plans to open its first European design studio as the Chinese automaker targets Europe with a new range of electrified vehicles.  The company has Berlin on the shortlist of potential sites, said Chery's executive designer James Hope, who will lead the automaker¡¯s design operations in the region.
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  Dealership inventories continue to ease as sales growth resumes
Automotive News China | 2017/9/15

Dealership stockpiles eased for the second straight month in August, dropping to a 41-day supply on average from 46 days in July, as light-vehicle sales continued to grow.  Dealerships with Chinese brands carried a backlog equal to a 48-day supply last month, down from 58 days the previous month, according to the China Automobile Dealers Association.
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  2017 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW
Borgward draws on 1950s heritage with modern Isabella
Automotive News Europe | 2017/9/15

Borgward, the German brand that has been revived with Chinese investment, introduced a modern take on its 1950s Isabella sedan that could become a flagship model.  At the Frankfurt auto show, Borgward also said it will start sales of its China-built BX7 crossover in Germany this year, ahead of the start of local production at an assembly plant in Bremen, Germany, in 2019.
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  OPINION
China's looming clash with the U.S. over intellectual property
Michael Dunne | 2017/9/12

We are about to discover the true measure of America's bargaining power with the People's Republic of China.  Brace for a possible head-on collision.  Running in one direction, Chinese officials soon will unveil new regulations designed to give China a decisive upper hand in the market for electric vehicles.  Pictured: Michael Dunne is president of Dunne Automotive. 
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  China, in EV push, plans ban on fossil-fuel vehicle sales
Staff and wire reports | 2017/9/12

China is studying plans to set a deadline for automakers to end sales of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles, accelerating efforts to reduce oil consumption and pollution while developing electric vehicles in the world's biggest auto market. The move will have a profound impact on the environment and growth of China's auto industry, a top government official said.
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  Light-vehicle sales advance in August behind crossovers, SUVs
Automotive News China | 2017/9/12

Light-vehicle sales in China increased 4.1 percent from a year earlier to nearly 1.88 million in August behind demand for crossovers and SUVs.  It was the third consecutive month the market has grown after taking a beating from an increase in the sales tax on small vehicles at the beginning of the year.
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  Mercedes, Audi maintain sales growth
Automotive News China | 2017/9/12

Audi AG deliveries in China rose 10 percent year on year to 54,205 vehicles in August -- enough to maintain a narrow lead over hard-charging Mercedes-Benz.  Mercedes sales jumped 25 percent year on year to 50,505 vehicles in August.
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  China takes lead in EV deployment, according to new measure
Automotive News | 2017/9/12

DETROIT --- China, once lagging in electrified-vehicle deployment, has become a global leader, according to a new yardstick created by consulting firm AlixPartners.  In the company's Automotive Electrification Index, a country's "e-range" is calculated by multiplying the number of electric vehicles sold by the electric range of those vehicles. 
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  Geely's August sales continue to forge ahead on crossover volumes
Automotive News China | 2017/9/12

Sales of Geely Automobile Holdings have remained robust, surging 80 percent year on year to 96,505 vehicles in August on demand for the four models it put on sale in China last year.  The four models -- the Boyue, Emgrand GS and Vision compact crossovers and the Emgrand GL compact sedan -- accounted for more than 58 percent of Geely¡¯s deliveries in August. 
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  2017 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW
VW preps EV crossover for China
Automotive News Europe | 2017/9/12

Volkswagen AG will showcase at the Frankfurt auto show a new version of its I.D. Crozz electric crossover -- a vehicle that eventually will be sold in China.  The updated concept further reveals what the future production version will look like. The concept's front and rear end, in particular, indicate the look of a production model, VW said in a statement.
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  COMMENT
How Beijing can fix China's fragmented used-car market
Yang Jian | 2017/9/8

SHANGHAI -- Beijing, eager to revive the nation¡¯s stagnant economy, asked China¡¯s municipalities last year to lift bans on the sale of used vehicles from other cities.  But since then, it has done nothing to boost the country¡¯s used-car market. That¡¯s a shame. With a little more effort, the government could unleash pent-up demand for secondhand vehicles -- and give struggling dealers a financial boost.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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  GM August sales climb 12% on Cadillac, Baojun and Chevy volumes
Automotive News China | 2017/9/8

General Motors' deliveries in China increased 12 percent year on year to 328,425 vehicles last month, thanks to strong performances by Cadillac, Baojun and Chevrolet. 
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  Ford deliveries dip on weak car demand
Automotive News China | 2017/9/8

Ford Motor Co.'s China deliveries edged down 1 percent year on year to 97,863 vehicles in August, dragged down by weak demand for Ford-badged passenger vehicles.  Last month, sales of Changan Ford Automobile Co., Ford's passenger vehicle partnership, dropped 8 percent from a year earlier to 69,002 vehicles. 
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  Hyundai clashes with partner BAIC over suppliers
Reuters | 2017/9/8

Hyundai Motor Co. is at odds with partner BAIC Motor Co. over efforts to cut supplier costs, as they grapple with cutthroat competition and the impact of a diplomatic dispute between Beijing and Seoul.  Hyundai and BAIC -- whose joint venture is a 50-50 partnership -- are divided over how to solve the problem, according to four sources with knowledge of the dispute. 
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  Nissan slips behind Honda despite August gain
Automotive News China | 2017/9/8

Nissan Motor Co.'s sales in China rose nearly 18 percent year on year to 122,319 vehicles in August, but the company fell to No. 2 in China among Japanese automakers.  For the same period, Honda Motor Co.¡¯s deliveries increased 21 percent to 128,671 vehicles. Toyota Motor Corp. was No. 3 with sales of 108,500 vehicles, up 13 percent.
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  Great Wall sales edge up on strength of new brand
Automotive News China | 2017/9/8

Sales of Great Wall Motor Co., China¡¯s largest crossover maker, inched up 0.8 percent from a year earlier to 73,663 vehicles in August as deliveries of its new Wey brand offset weak sales of the Haval marque.  The Wey VV7 compact crossover, the first Wey-badged model, recorded sales of 7,197 vehicles last month after going on sale in April. 
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  Volvo's August deliveries jump on demand for locally built vehicles
Automotive News China | 2017/9/8

Volvo Car Corp.'s deliveries in China jumped nearly 26 percent year on year to 9,616 vehicles in August as demand for locally built models remained strong.  The company said sales received a lift from the China-built XC60 crossover, S60L stretched sedan and S90 sedan.
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  Tencent invests in German flying taxi
Bloomberg | 2017/9/8

With a promise to haul passengers from downtown Manhattan to JFK airport in just five minutes, flying jet taxi designer Lilium raised $90 million (587 million yuan) from a group of investors that includes Tencent Holdings.  The German startup wants to use the money to build a prototype that can seat five people and fly as fast as 300 kph (186 mph). 
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TOP 10 HEADLINES
OF THE LAST WEEK
China's growing market becomes more complex for global automakers

In Europe, a call to innovate and build batteries, or lose more jobs to China

VW recalls nearly 5 million vehicles in China over Takata airbags

Hyundai in tailspin as sales fall with missile crisis; some China dealers may bail

Chinese customers embrace Mercedes-Maybach

Dongfeng-PSA skid grows as August deliveries fall

EV, plug-in hybrid demand remains robust

Chery eyes Berlin for first European design studio

Dealership inventories continue to ease as sales growth resumes

Borgward draws on 1950s heritage with modern Isabella

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