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2017-12-27 12:57

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Beijing — The Chinese owner of Sweden's Volvo Cars is buying a stake in truck manufacturer AB Volvo, expanding a portfolio of vehicle brands that includes shares in Malaysia's PROTON and Britain's Lotus.

Geely Holding Group said Wednesday the acquisition of shares from fund manager Cevian Capital would give it 8.2% of Volvo's share capital and 15.6% of voting rights. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

The Swedish company, which also makes buses, construction equipment and diesel engines, was the parent of Volvo Cars until 1999, when it was sold to Ford Motor Co. Geely bought Volvo Cars in 2010.

Geely owns Geely Auto, one of China's biggest independent automakers. It agreed in May to buy 49.9% of Proton and 51% of Lotus, which was owned by the Malaysian automaker.

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