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Mercedes May Form Joint Venture With Brilliance

Eighth-Largest Chinese Automaker Rumored To Be In Market For Second JV Partner, After Successful Linkup With BMW

Brilliance Auto is looking to spread its manufacturing base rapidly to compete with larger domestic rivals

Brilliance Auto is looking to spread its manufacturing base rapidly to compete with larger domestic rivals

The auto blog China Car Times (via China Daily)¬†reports that Brilliance China Auto, China’s eighth-largest automaker, may form a new joint venture focused on commercial vehicles with Mercedes-Benz. China Car times notes that the potential joint venture would have a target production rate of 40,000 vehicles per year.

While the laws surrounding foreign-Chinese joint ventures are somewhat murky — with conflicting reports suggesting that foreign companies are unable to form more than one such venture in China at a time (a potential problem¬†for Daimler, which is already linked with Beijing Auto Works) — China Daily’s report seems relatively optimistic that the Mercedes-Brilliance alliance will move ahead:

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