An influential Chinese auto-industry trade group has asked authorities to unleash stimulus measures to counter the sector’s worst slump in a generation. The state-backed China Association of Automobile Manufacturers asked authorities to relax limits on license plates issued in some cities and lower levies paid by vehicle buyers in rural areas, according to Xu Haidong, an assistant secretary general at the group. “Auto demand became collateral damage,” Xu, who’s based in Beijing, said in an interview on Tuesday, without further elaborating on the proposed measures. “Loosening car purchase restriction in big cities would be … (full story)