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UPDATE 1-Chinese automaker Geely Auto scraps STAR Market listing plan

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BEIJING, June 25 (Reuters) - China’s Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd said on Friday it is dropping plans to list new shares on the mainland’s Nasdaq-like STAR Market.

Zhejiang-based Geely Auto, China’s highest-profile automaker thanks to parent Zhejiang Geely Holding Group’s investments in Daimler AG and Volvo Cars, is listed in Hong Kong with a market capitalisation of HK$255 billion ($32.85 billion).

In September, Geely Auto said in a filing that it planned to raise 20 billion yuan ($3.10 billion) from the STAR Market listing.

Geely Auto is aiming to sell over 1.5 million vehicles this year. It also said would seek external funding for its newly-launched electric Zeekr brand.

In February, Geely Auto said it abandoned merger plan with sister company Volvo Cars.

$1 = 7.7615 Hong Kong dollars $1 = 6.4560 Chinese yuan renminbi Reporting by Yilei Sun and Tony Munroe; editing by Jason Neely and Kim Coghill

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