FEATURE: China's consumers embrace bulky, pricey SUVs


* Women buyers help push sales in maturing market * Japanese, Korean models lead compact segment * European brands dominate luxury SUV market By Fang Yan and Ken Wills BEIJING, Feb 27 (Reuters) - In 2005, Mercedes-Benz took a gamble and shipped its first batch of 200 sport utility vehicles from Germany to China, where cheap hatchbacks and black sedans ruled the roads. "I was in the headquarters and my predecessor made this decision," said Klaus Maier, the company's China boss. "We ...

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