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Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou, right, gives Xiaopeng's SUV a test drive.
Auto Industry Upheaval

Alibaba-backed Xpeng emerges as China's answer to Tesla

EV startup chases market leader with feature-rich SUV due out this year

YU NAKAMURA, Nikkei staff writer | China

GUANGZHOU -- Inside a cluster of startups on the outskirts of the city, one of China's most talked-about automotive companies is looking to move to the front of the pack.

Xiaopeng Motors has emerged out of a field of dozens of would-be Teslas and is chasing the U.S. electric car leader with a feature-rich sport utility vehicle due out later this year.

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