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  Ford sales flat despite Lincoln gains
Automotive News China | 2017/10/17

Ford Motor Co.'s China sales fell slightly to 112,902 vehicles in September -- its third straight month of lower volume in the market.  Strong demand for commercial vehicles and Lincoln luxury models were offset by weak sales of passenger vehicles.
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  Mercedes to recall 351,000 vehicles to fix Takata airbags
Reuters | 2017/10/17

Mercedes-Benz will recall 351,218 vehicles to fix potentially defective airbags made by Takata Corp., China¡¯s quality watchdog said. The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said on its website that it was concerned about risks from possible defects in the airbag inflators.
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  BMW deliveries rise in September
Automotive News China | 2017/10/17

BMW Group sold 52,681 BMW and Mini vehicles in China last month, up 7.1 percent year on year. Even with the increase, the company slipped behind Audi to rank third in China¡¯s luxury sales race through September.  
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  EV, plug-in hybrid demand continues to surge
Automotive News China | 2017/10/17

Sales of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in China continue to gather steam, rising 79 percent to roughly 78,000 vehicles in September. EV deliveries soared 83 percent to 64,000 last month over September 2016 while plug-in hybrid demand jumped 62 percent to 14,000, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said.
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  Chery to sell 50% stake in unprofitable Brazilian unit
Automotive News China | 2017/10/17

Chery Automobile Co., China's top vehicle exporter, expects to sell a 50 percent stake in its unprofitable Brazilian subsidiary to raise cash and ease financial pressure. Chery disclosed the plans on the website of the Changjiang Equity Exchange in the east China city of Wuhu, where the automaker is headquartered. 
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  Great Wall confirms talks with BMW about Mini production
Reuters | 2017/10/17

Great Wall Motor Co. has confirmed that it is holding talks with BMW to form a joint venture to build cars for Mini. The two companies have not yet agreed on any new ventures, according to Reuters. Great Wall commented on the negotiations in a stock exchange filing.
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  Germany's Hubject raises funds to advance e-mobility in China, U.S.
Reuters | 2017/10/16

Germany's Hubject, which is developing a standard method to pay at EV charging stations, secured fresh funds from shareholders to expand into China and the United States. The company said it is looking for a partner in China to help build, improve and access infrastructure for electric vehicles.
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  COMMENT
Pressed to meet EV mandate, automakers bet on electric vans
Yang Jian | 2017/10/13

Two weeks ago, Beijing released the final draft of its carbon credit program. The mandate starts to take effect in 2019, one year later than the original schedule.  Despite the grace period, automakers still need to figure out what kind of electric vehicles they should produce and who would want them. And there is very little time to do so. Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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  Light-vehicle sales rise in September on crossover, SUV demand
Automotive News China | 2017/10/13

Light-vehicle sales in China increased 3.3 percent year on year to 2.3 million vehicles in September, thanks to sustained strong demand for crossovers and SUVs, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said. 
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  Volvo CEO: China should seek automakers' input on EV rules
Hakan Samuelsson | 2017/10/13

At Volvo Cars, we believe electrification for car propulsion is the way forward. That is why we welcome the recent initiatives of the Chinese government promoting electric cars.  But the path to this improved future will be difficult unless private and public sectors work together closely.
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  GM sales rise behind Cadillac, Baojun volumes
Automotive News China | 2017/10/13

General Motors' China sales increased 6.6 percent from a year earlier to 366,305 last month on demand for Cadillac and Baojun vehicles.  Cadillac deliveries jumped 38 percent to 17,248 vehicles for the month, reflecting robust sales of the XT5 crossover, the long-wheelbase ATS sedan and the full-size CT6 sedan. 
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  BMW in talks to build Minis in China with Great Wall
Bloomberg | 2017/10/13

BMW is working on a deal that will bring manufacturing of the iconic Mini brand to China, according to sources with knowledge of the plan.  BMW is discussing outsourcing production of Mini vehicles to Great Wall Motor Co., China¡¯s biggest SUV maker, and the possible export of Minis from China, the sources said.
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  Audi deliveries climb on higher Q7, A5 volumes
Automotive News China | 2017/10/13

Audi AG's deliveries in China rose 7.2 percent year on year in September to 58,445 vehicles, as the brand continued to recover from a damaging dealer boycott. The September tally, helped by ongoing strong demand for the A6L sedan, is the brand's highest monthly performance this year. Sales of the Q7 crossover rose 42 percent, while deliveries of the A5 jumped 55 percent, the company said. 
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  Geely sales on pace to top 1 million with Sept. surge
Automotive News China | 2017/10/13

Geely Automobile Holdings is poised to achieve its annual sales target of 1.1 million vehicles this year after deliveries surged 42 percent in September.  The company delivered 108,872 vehicles last month. Through September, sales have soared 80 percent to 827,108 vehicles.
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  Great Wall, Chery target European consumers
Automotive News Europe | 2017/10/13

Chinese automakers are setting sights higher in their latest attempt to establish a foothold in Europe. They have created premium brands to attract global buyers.  In addition, they are emphasizing technology, collaboration with global megasuppliers and design teams stocked with European auto executives. 
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  FCA downplays talk of consolidation with Great Wall
Reuters | 2017/10/10

NEW YORK - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said Monday that he was not sure consolidation with  China's Great Wall Motor Co. was the answer, pushing back against the Chinese automaker's earlier expressed interest in his company. Speaking to reporters, Marchionne said there were "sensitive issues associated with transnational mergers," and he did not believe those issues had been thoroughly thought through between the two automakers.
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  VW brand sales rise in Sept. as SUVs, crossovers thrive
Automotive News China | 2017/10/10

The Volkswagen brand's deliveries in China rose 7.5 percent to 310,500 vehicles in September on strong demand for crossovers and SUVs.  In its third month on sale in China, the Teramont seven-seat SUV generated sales of 8,600. VW also delivered 33,700 Tiguan crossovers in September, up 51 percent year on year.
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  Mercedes deliveries rise 11% behind Smart, E class
Automotive News China | 2017/10/10

Mercedes-Benz said deliveries in China rose 11 percent year on year to 51,127 vehicles in September behind strong demand for Smart city cars and long-wheelbase E-class sedans.  While sales were strong, the blistering growth rate established early this year cooled a bit.  
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  Chery forms venture to build electric delivery vans
Automotive News China | 2017/10/10

Chery Commercial Vehicle Co. plans to produce electric delivery vans with Roshow Technologies Co., a private Chinese company that produces electric motors and wiring.  The two companies will establish a 100-million-yuan ($15 million) joint venture in the east China city of Wuhu, where Chery Commercial Vehicle is based, according to Roshow.
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  Natural gas trucks boom as Beijing curbs diesel
Reuters | 2017/10/10

Sales of large, natural gas-powered trucks are expected to hit record levels in China this year as the government steps up an anti-pollution campaign that includes curbs on heavy-duty diesel vehicles.
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  BYD raises capacity, adds new electric models at California bus plant
Automotive News China | 2017/10/10

BYD Co. has hiked the annual production capacity at a California electric bus assembly plant to 1,500 units -- up from 300 previously -- to meet growing demand in North America.  The latest expansion will allow the factory to build electric trucks and special purpose vehicles, as well as buses.
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  Ford delays Fiesta recall due to spare part shortage
Reuters | 2017/10/10

Ford Motor Co. postponed a planned recall of the Fiesta ST due to the delayed delivery of spare parts for repairs, state-owned Xinhua reported.  The recall covers 435 imported cars produced in 2013 and 2014. The recall will start more than two months behind schedule on November 20, the news service said Friday.
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  Haima Motor to assemble vehicles for EV startup
Automotive News China | 2017/10/10

Haima Motor Corp., a private light-vehicle manufacturer, says it will build cars for domestic electric-vehicle startup Xiaopeng Automotive Technology.  Haima will assemble up to 50,000 EVs for Xiaopeng over the next four years, Haima said. Production of the first model, a crossover, will begin this year.
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  BlackBerry strikes deal with Yanfeng Visteon
Automotive News China | 2017/10/10

Former smartphone giant BlackBerry is increasing its footprint in the auto industry under a deal with China's Yanfeng Visteon.  The global Tier 1 parts supplier has selected BlackBerry¡¯s QNX software platform for a digital instrument cluster project with an unnamed major Chinese automaker, BlackBerry said. 
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  Volvo posts big sales gain in September
Automotive News China | 2017/10/6

Volvo Car Group's China deliveries jumped nearly 30 percent year on year to 11,544 vehicles in September, fueled by crossovers and sedans.  The Swedish automaker said it enjoyed strong demand for the XC60 crossover, S60L "stretch" sedan and S90 sedan.  
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  Infiniti deliveries rise 19% behind crossovers, SUVs
Reuters | 2017/10/6

Nissan Motor Co.'s premium Infiniti brand sold 4,479 vehicles in China last month, up 19 percent from a year earlier.  For the first nine months, Infiniti deliveries rose 16 percent to 33,804 vehicles.
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  Ford, in strategy shift, to develop EV vans for China
Reuters | 2017/10/6

Ford Motor Co. likely will develop electric commercial vans for China as part of its bid to catch up with global rivals in China¡¯s fast-moving market.  Two high-ranking company insiders told Reuters that the new China strategy comes as CEO Jim Hackett rethinks the company¡¯s global "One Ford" strategy.
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  Tencent, GAC to collaborate on Internet-connected cars
Reuters | 2017/10/6

Tencent Holdings and Guangzhou Automobile Group agreed to collaborate on Internet-connected cars.  Tencent and GAC will jointly develop Internet-connected cars and artificial intelligence-aided driving. They also will explore investments in automotive e-commerce, electric vehicles and auto insurance, the automaker said. 
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  Autoliv to supply radar for Geely's self-driving cars
Automotive News China | 2017/10/6

Autoliv Inc. has been awarded a contract to supply radars to Zhejiang Geely Holding Group for the Chinese automaker¡¯s self-driving vehicles.  Geely vehicles will use radar and cameras -- also to be supplied by Autoliv -- to detect obstacles in the road.
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  Nvidia invests in Chinese self-driving vehicle startup
Automotive News China | 2017/10/6

U.S. chipmaker Nvidia Corp. joined an investment consortium that raised $52 million for JingChi, a Chinese startup that plans to deploy a test fleet of self-driving vehicles this year. The investment will allow JingChi to expand r&d efforts. 

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  China delays electric-car quotas until 2019
Reuters | 2017/10/3

China has set a deadline of 2019 to impose tough new sales targets for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, slightly relaxing an earlier plan to introduce the quotas next year.  Automakers will need to amass credits for selling these vehicles equivalent to 10 percent of annual sales by 2019, China¡¯s industry ministry said in a statement. That level would rise to 12 percent for 2020.
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TOP 10 HEADLINES
OF THE LAST WEEK
Pressed to meet EV mandate, automakers bet on electric vans

Light-vehicle sales rise in September on crossover, SUV demand

Volvo CEO: China should seek automakers' input on EV rules

GM sales rise behind Cadillac, Baojun volumes

BMW in talks to build Minis in China with Great Wall

Audi deliveries climb on higher Q7, A5 volumes

Geely sales on pace to top 1 million with Sept. surge

Great Wall, Chery target European consumers

FCA downplays talk of consolidation with Great Wall

VW brand sales rise in Sept. as SUVs, crossovers thrive

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