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August 27, 2014
France's Peugeot gets approval for China plant: report
Shanghai (AFP) Aug 26, 2014
French auto maker PSA Peugeot Citroen's fourth plant in China has been approved for the southwestern city of Chengdu by local authorities, the official Xinhua news agency said Tuesday. The economic planning agency of Sichuan province, of which Chengdu is the capital, approved the 12.3 billion yuan ($2.0 billion) plant on Monday, it said. Peugeot and its Chinese partner Dongfeng Motor Corp. said last month they had chosen Chengdu for the plant, with construction scheduled to begin in the second h ... read more

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