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Automakers are showcasing a new generation of luxurious SUVs at China's biggest auto show of the year as they battle for buyers in the country's cooling, crowded market.Ford, Volkswagen, General Motors and China's Chery also displayed new SUVs, many never meant to be driven off-road and equipped with heated seats, Web-linked navigation, entertainment centers and other features.Sedan sales contracted by 5.3 percent and those of minivans plunged 17.5 percent.As many as 50 new SUVs are due to be launched in China this year by global and Chinese brands, according to research firm IHS Automotive.Volkswagen AG, which competes with General Motors Co. for the title of China's most popular auto brand, said first-quarter sales rose 6.4 percent over a year earlier to 950,000 .Market growth is expected to fall further this year, perhaps as low as 6 percent, after Chinese economic growth fell last year to a 25-year low.Chery Automobile Co. displayed the new Tiggo 7, due to go on the market late this year.On Monday, Japan's Mazda debuted its CX-4 SUV, designed for China. For now, it will be sold only in this market, joining the CX-5 in Mazda's SUV lineup.
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