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Luxury auto party over in China as economic growth slows and graft drive bites

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Maserati executives say their Chinese customers are young entrepreneurs, nearly half female, and deny they are selling to government officials who might be caught in the much-publicised anti-graft campaign, now two years long.

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WHEN Italian luxury carmaker Maserati entered China a decade ago, with a brand virtually unknown to Chinese customers, it sold fewer than 40 vehicles in its first year.

Last year, the Asian giant was Maserati's second largest market as sales of its sports cars - including

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