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The Chinese auto market never ceases to surprise and amaze.


The nearly 6 percent growth in sales to more than 14 million units over the first half of 2018 was above expectations of a 3-5 percent growth predicated earlier in the year by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM). But SUV sales significantly slowed, with growth falling below 10 percent for the first time in recent memory. Passenger car sales, on the other hand, picked up some steam, up more than 9 percent in June, in sharp contrast to a seldom-seen negative growth for SUV sales.


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