China’s national brands are emerging as a force to be reckoned with as the country’s automotive industry evolves and matures. A decade ago, their sales were negligible, their market share insignificant and their force non-existent. Not these days. Sales of national-branded passenger cars last year soared to nearly 2.6 million units, while their share of China’s light-vehicle market rose to 29.6%, according to J.D. Power & Associates. The best-selling car was Shanghai-based battery ...

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