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Eco-friendly cars creating little buzz

BYD's Qin, released a year ago, is fighting an uphill battle, with monthly sales slumping at a meager 1,000-plus.

GUANGZHOU, China -- Green cars have failed to gain traction among Chinese consumers despite an aggressive government push that includes generous subsidies and regulatory reform.

     The government has set a sales target of 336,000 electric and plug-in hybrid cars in a three-year period through 2015, but as of September, the cumulative figure was at 38,600, or a paltry 11.5% of the target. Automakers now face the tall order of selling more than 300,000 green cars in just about a year.

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