Volkswagen charts Chinese path

In quest to become No. 1, automaker targets less-developed cities

Posted: November 27, 2012 at 3:12 a.m.

Visitors look at Volkswagen vehicles at an auto show in Beijing in April. Volkswagen executives say the company will continue to open new dealerships in China’s smaller cities.

As Volkswagen plots a course toward its goal of becoming the world’s biggest automaker by 2018, the company is making it increasingly clear that its path to global dominance runs through places such as Lanzhou, in western China.

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Business, Pages 21 on 11/27/2012