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Chinese auto firms sprouting up fast in Detroit

Today they supply batteries and parts, but US sales of cars might not be far off

DETROIT — Dozens of companies from China are quietly putting down roots in Detroit, part of the country’s steady push into the American auto industry.

Chinese-owned companies are investing in US companies and new vehicle technology, selling everything from seat belts to shock absorbers in retail stores, and hiring veteran engineers and designers in an effort to soak up the talent and expertise of domestic automakers and their suppliers.

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