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Automakers in China brace for year of tepid growth as Japanese struggle

A parking lot is seen along the Huangpu River near the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai, in this file picture taken December 12, 2012. Automakers in China are bracing for another year of tepid single-digit growth in 2013, weighed down by sluggish demand for Japanese cars amid a diplomatic row between the two regional neighbours and government measures intended to restrict traffic in bigger cities. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files

A parking lot is seen along the Huangpu River near the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai, in this file picture taken December 12, 2012. Automakers in China are bracing for another year of tepid single-digit growth in 2013, weighed down by...more

A parking lot is seen along the Huangpu River near the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai, in this file picture taken December 12, 2012. Automakers in China are bracing for another year of tepid single-digit growth in 2013, weighed down by sluggish demand for Japanese cars amid a diplomatic row between the two regional neighbours and government measures intended to restrict traffic in bigger cities. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files
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A visitor looks at a Beiqi E150EV car at the Beijing Electric Vehicle Company, in Beijing, in this file picture taken November 7, 2012. Automakers in China are bracing for another year of tepid single-digit growth in 2013, weighed down by sluggish demand for Japanese cars amid a diplomatic row between the two regional neighbours and government measures intended to restrict traffic in bigger cities. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Files

A visitor looks at a Beiqi E150EV car at the Beijing Electric Vehicle Company, in Beijing, in this file picture taken November 7, 2012. Automakers in China are bracing for another year of tepid single-digit growth in 2013, weighed down by sluggish...more

A visitor looks at a Beiqi E150EV car at the Beijing Electric Vehicle Company, in Beijing, in this file picture taken November 7, 2012. Automakers in China are bracing for another year of tepid single-digit growth in 2013, weighed down by sluggish demand for Japanese cars amid a diplomatic row between the two regional neighbours and government measures intended to restrict traffic in bigger cities. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Files
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Chinese cars wait to be exported at a port in Dalian, Liaoning province, in this file picture taken October 15, 2012. Automakers in China are bracing for another year of tepid single-digit growth in 2013, weighed down by sluggish demand for Japanese cars amid a diplomatic row between the two regional neighbours and government measures intended to restrict traffic in bigger cities. REUTERS/China Daily/Files

Chinese cars wait to be exported at a port in Dalian, Liaoning province, in this file picture taken October 15, 2012. Automakers in China are bracing for another year of tepid single-digit growth in 2013, weighed down by sluggish demand for Japanese...more

Chinese cars wait to be exported at a port in Dalian, Liaoning province, in this file picture taken October 15, 2012. Automakers in China are bracing for another year of tepid single-digit growth in 2013, weighed down by sluggish demand for Japanese cars amid a diplomatic row between the two regional neighbours and government measures intended to restrict traffic in bigger cities. REUTERS/China Daily/Files
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