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Chinese carmakers hope antivirus extras can spark buying interest

Consumers anxious and skeptical while analysts question effectiveness

Chinese consumers have begun trickling back into dealerships like this SAIC Roewe outlet in Shanghai. (Photo by Mark Andrews)

SHANGHAI - A number of China's biggest carmakers, including SAIC Motor, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group and Guangzhou Automobile Group, are touting new protective features on their models aimed at reassuring consumers worried about COVID-19, as they look to rekindle sales amid the pandemic and an economic downturn.

The initiatives aim to block tiny particles from entering vehicles, building on earlier efforts aimed at Chinese worried about polluted urban air.

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