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General Motors venture lends street cred to China's 'quadricycles'

Company sells 15,000 Mini EVs in 20 days despite regulatory gray zone

Prospective buyers check out a Mini EV in the city of Zhengzhou in Henan Province

For years they have lived in China's regulatory shadows. Not classified as cars, but significantly larger and faster than motorcycles, scooters and mini delivery trucks.

Now the vehicle known to industry people as the "quadricycle" is finally being validated in the world's largest auto market with the recent launch of one from a local joint venture of America's General Motors. Compact, low-priced quadricycles are already popular in China, especially in less affluent rural areas, despite operating in a legal gray area outside of official recognition.

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