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GENEVA Demetrius Harris Chiefs Jersey , March 8 (Xinhua) -- As the 87th Geneva International Motor Show prepares to kick off, representatives from top global car firms reaffirmed on Wednesday their faith in the Chinese market while also highlighting the growing expertise of Chinese carmakers in the highly lucrative automotive business.

"We still see growing demand and more and more people in China becoming more wealthy and who are willing to spend money on premium cars, and this segment is still growing," BMW spokesperson Kai Lichte told Xinhua ahead of the opening of the show on March 9.

"A little more than one quarter of all sales are in China, it's the biggest market, bigger than the U.S and Germany," he added.

Volkswagen marketing manager Jurgen Stackmann Rakeem Nunez-Roches Chiefs Jersey , who reminded that 50 percent of the group's cars are sold in China, also highlighted similar benefits.

"The power of the Chinese people is enormous, there is no other place so vibrant, so full of energy, so full of entrepreneurship globally," he noted.

While the purchasing power of China's market remains enormous, representatives also lauded the growing expertise of Chinese firms in the car making industry.

This valuable partnership was perhaps most tangible with Volvo Cars Bryan Witzmann Chiefs Jersey , almost seven years after Chinese car maker Geely Holdings Group Co. Ltd. completed its 1.8 billion U.S. dollar-buyout of Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo unit, in a landmark foreign acquisition by a Chinese company.

"I think it has been a very successful acquisition. If you look at it for Volvo, I think we would not have been where we are today without the support and the ownership of Geely," Volvo Cars CEO Hakan Samuelsson explained.

Describing what he called a "win-win" situation, Samuelsson said that while Volvo has gained facilitated access to the Chinese market, Geely has stood to gain on the acquisition of new technologies, enabling the Hangzhou-based multinational company to upgrade its products.

Similarly Harrison Butker Chiefs Jersey , co-ventures and partnerships between Volkswagen and Chinese firms are also increasing, with the German automaker setting a series of ambitious targets, amongst which is becoming the leader of the electric car market in coming years.

The firms also lauded their growing presence in China on the manufacturing front, with all three car making giants boasting factories there.

According to Stackmann, this shows that "made in China" is becoming more and more synonymous with quality, since all its cars intended for the Chinese market are produced in Asia's economic powerhouse.

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This year's Geneva International Motor Show hosts some 180 exhibitors showcasing about 900 models including 148 world or European premieres.

VENUS Williams opened play in the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Wednesday with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Barbora Strycova.

Playing her last event before the Rio Olympics, the 36-year-old finished off the overmatched Czech in 58 minutes. Williams was coming a loss to Britain’s Johanna Konta last Sunday in the final of the Bank of the West Classic in California.

“It was definitely more straightforward than some of our other matches,” Williams said. “I’m never happy with my matches. Even an easy scoreline is never enough. But it’s about figuring out how to win instead of playing perfect.”

The seven-time grand slam champion, seeded sixth, will face Madison Keys in the third round. Keys beat fellow American Madison Brengle 6-4 Spencer Ware Chiefs Jersey , 6-3.

Konta also advanced, topping Vania King of the US 7-5, 6-1.

At night, second-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany outlasted Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland topped Monica Niculescu of Romania 6-1, 7-5; seventh-seeded Roberta Vinci edged fellow Italian Camila Giorgi 2-6 Justin Houston Chiefs Jersey , 6-3, 6-4; and Slovakia’s Kristina Kucova beat eighth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Hometown favorite Eugenie Bouchard beat a higher-ranked opponent for the second straight day, toppling 11th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 6-2, 6-0. On Tuesday, Bouchard beat Czech Lucie Safarova.

In Toronto Tyreek Hill Chiefs Jersey , Novak Djokovic was given a scare in his North American hardcourt season opener but managed to prevail with a 7-5, 7-6 (3) victory over Luxembourg’s Gilles Mueller on Wednesday to reach the third round of the Rogers Cup.

Djokovic, playing his first match since his shock third-round Wimbledon loss to American Sam Querrey, fell behind 1-3 in the tie-break before switching gears and winning the next six points to seal the win in one hour, 43 minutes.

The Serbian world No. 1, a three-time winner of the Canadian Masters event, will next play Czech qualifier Radek Stepanek Dustin Colquitt Jersey , a 7-6 (5), 6-4 winner over Canadian wildcard Peter Polansky.

Japanese third seed Kei Nishikori beat US qualifier Dennis Novikov

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