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China SUV sales soar even as car market slows

Urban car licence limits, growing wealth drive demand

Seeking a slice of a growing market, foreign and domestic marques launched 29 SUV models in China last year, roughly double the previous year.


EDWARD Bao, a Chinese highway operations manager in the coastal city of Ningbo, is hunting for a bigger car for his young family and is considering trading up from a compact sedan to a sports utility vehicle (SUV).

Mr Bao is part of China's swelling ranks of middle-class