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Building a car for the smartphone generation

Brand-new and bristling with talent, Nanjing-based startup Byton wants the world

Daniel Kirchert says Byton plans to double its workforce to 500 people by the end of the year. (Courtesy of Byton)

TOKYO -- When Daniel Kirchert became head of Nissan Motors' luxury brand Infiniti in China in 2013, he installed three air purifiers in his small Beijing office.

He had been in China for more than 10 years, first as a rising star at BMW, where he oversaw an eightfold increase in sales as senior vice president of sales and marketing, and later at Infiniti.

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