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Chinese carmakers use Lexus playbook to go upscale amid rising incomes

With car sales surging, local manufacturers don't want to cede the higher-end demographic to foreign brands

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A 'Wey' brand WO1 ERD electric sports utility vehicle on display. The billionaire pedigree, and the hiring of executives from European brands such as Audi, may help the Chinese succeed.

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CHEAP is no longer chic for China's carmakers.

As more consumers aspire to buy cars and SUVs with some cachet, domestic companies want to shed their reputations as mass-market rides and go upscale with them. Great Wall Motor Co and Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd are

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