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Government procurement favors local brands

BEIJING - Government procurement of official cars for 2007-2008 is good news for the makers of Chinese independent brand vehicles.  When it came to ordering official vehicles - including sedans, sports cars, coaches and buses - 19 of the invited automakers this year were homegrown automakers, including SAIC Motor, Brilliance, Chery, Changfeng and BYD. Altogether

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Independent Chinese brands gain popularity

BEIJING - Chinese independent brand autos have grown in popularity on the domestic market in recent years. In 2006, sales of Chinese brands were up by 25 percent over the previous year, more than 10 percent higher than the growth registered by China-foreign joint venture carmakers, according to the latest statistics released by the State Information Center

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