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Mazda to roll out China-only electric vehicles by 2020

Japanese automaker will work with Changan Automobile to develop small SUVs

Mazda had been manufacturing the CX-8 SUV only in Japan, such as at its main Hiroshima plant seen here, but started production in China last month.

TOKYO -- Mazda Motor plans to release electric vehicles exclusive to the Chinese market in 2020, aiming to boost its presence in the world's biggest automotive market by offering locally built products.

The Japanese automaker will work with joint venture partner China Changan Automobile Group, which will procure the motors, batteries and other components. Mazda will take charge of the design and other areas associated with the auto body. The offerings are likely to be small SUVs.

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