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Volkswagen says Jan-Sept China auto sales up 18.3 pct on year

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BEIJING, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG andits China joint ventures sold 18.3 percent more vehicles inmainland China and Hong Kong in the first three quarters, theGerman automaker said on Friday.

Sales came to nearly 2 million vehicles during thenine-month period, compared with 1.69 million a year earlier, itsaid in a statement.

Volkswagen makes vehicles in China in partnership with FAWGroup and SAIC Motor Corp .

(Reporting by Fang Yan in BEIJING and Kazunori Takada inSHANGHAI; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

((yan.fang@thomsonreuters.com)(86 10 6627 1233)(ReutersMessaging: yan.fang.reuters.com@reuters.net))

Keywords: VW/CHINA