Photos: Awesome cars at Beijing Auto Show

Photos: Awesome cars at Beijing Auto Show

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BEIJING, CHINA - APRIL 23: A model stands beside a BMW M6 coupe car during the media day of the 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition at beijng International Exhibition Center on April 23, 2012 in Beijing, China. Auto China is China's leading auto show and many of the world's carmakers are in attendance despite lagging sales in the country. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 20 at 5:11 PM

BEIJING (AP) — Automakers are bringing SUVs and luxury sedans designed for Chinese buyers to China's biggest auto show this year as they scramble to keep sales growing amid a slump in this giant market's once-explosive demand.

Sales growth in the world's biggest auto market plunged from an eye-popping 35 percent in 2010 to just 2.5 percent last year as China's economy slowed.

Growth is forecast to rebound to about 5 percent this year. That is stronger than the U.S. or Europe but a challenge for automakers that added new assembly lines during the boom, leading to a glut of supplies.

General Motors, Honda and other global brands, as well as ambitious Chinese rivals such as Chery and Geely, will be wooing Chinese buyers hard at Auto China 2012, which opens next week.

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