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Beijing Auto Show Showcases China's SUV Love Affair

China's love affair with SUVs is helping to cushion the blow of an unexpectedly painful slump in the rest of its crowded auto market.   Sales of SUVs, seen as the safest option on China's rough, chaotic roads, soared 52 percent last year. That helped the overall market grow 7.3 percent - a sliver of its 45 percent peak in 2009 - even though car and minivan sales sagged.   “Ten years ago, no one wanted an SUV because it was considered to be a bulky truck for peasants,”...

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