CHINA NEWSLETTER October 13 2017
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Pressed to meet EV mandate, automakers bet on electric vans
Yang Jian
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 what kind of EVs they should produce and who would want them. And there is very little time to do so. Some companies are considering a partial solution, such as selling electric vans to fleet operators such as courier service providers and the Post Office. More automakers likely will join them. Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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China's light-vehicle sales rise 3.3% in September on crossover, SUV demand
Automotive News China
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 Thursday.
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Volvo CEO: China should seek automakers' input on EV rules
Hakan Samuelsson
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 deliveries rise behind Cadillac, Baojun volumes
Automotive News China
General Motors' China sales increased 6.6 percent from a year earlier to 366,305 last month on demand for Cadillac and Baojun-brand 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-sized CT6 sedan.
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BMW in talks to build Minis in China with Great Wall
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 China sales climb 7.2% in September
Automotive News China
Audi AG says 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. Sales of the Q7 crossover rose 42 percent, while deliveries of the A5 sedan jumped 55 percent, according to the company.
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Geely sales on pace to top 1 million with Sept. surge
Automotive News China
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 market
Automotive News Europe
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 mega-suppliers and design teams stocked with European auto executives.
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Volvo posts big sales gain in September

Infiniti deliveries rise 19% behind crossovers, SUVs

Ford, in strategy shift, to develop EV vans for China

Tencent, GAC to collaborate on Internet-connected cars

Autoliv to supply radar for Geely's self-driving cars

Nvidia invests in Chinese self-driving vehicle startup

China delays electric-car quotas until 2019

J.D. Power: Chinese carmakers narrow quality gap

PSA, Changan to develop one-ton pickup

Great Wall secures lithium supply for EV batteries

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