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China car sales slow

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Car sales in the world's biggest auto market have tumbled again.

Trade sank about 14% in November on a year earlier, Reuters reports, citing figures from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

That's the biggest drop in nearly seven years as slowing economic growth and US-China trade tensions hit the sector.

Diesel car sales down again

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Sales of diesel cars continue to tumble in the UK, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

In November 51,429 cars with diesel engines were sold, down 16.7% on November of last year.

The flipside is that cars that are powered by batteries, hybrid engines, or alternative fuels are selling well - 10,769 of them were sold in November, up 24%.

Overall new cars sales fell by 3% last month, compared to 2017.

White House visit for car makers

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The heads of German car companies Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler have been invited to the White House to talk about trade policy.

That's according to the German newspaper Handelsblatt.

JLR announces job cuts and pause in production

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Discovery on production line
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More job losses have been announced at Jaguar Land Rover's Solihull factory.

About 200 workers will go as a result of production of the Discovery model moving to Slovakia and what the company is calling "fluctuating demand globally".

In April the company said it would not be renewing the contracts of 1,000 temporary workers at two factories.

JLR has also announced that around a third of the staff at its engine plant in Wolverhampton will break early for Christmas.

The company says the move is in response to "adjustments in vehicle production schedules".