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In China's green car boom, global players choose different gear

They say that the electric goals may prove to be too costly, too risky, too far from demand

MR WEDLER: 'In 2020, most cars we sell will be combustion engines, so to fulfil (fuel consumption targets) you have to improve the consumption of each and every car of the Audi model range.'


BY 2020, Beijing says, carmakers must meet tough new green standards to cut epic pollution in China's cities. As domestic firms bet heavily on electric cars to meet that goal, foreign peers are set to stay in a different, petrol-driven gear.

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