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China fines Audi $40.5 million, Chrysler $5.2 million in auto industry anti-monopoly probe

  • FILE - In this April 20, 2014 file photo, a man holds a scaled model of a Audi car as he walks past the Audi A3 e-tron displayed at the China Auto show in Beijing, China. China on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, announced it will fine automaker Audi $40.5 million and Chrysler $5.2 million in a sweeping anti-monopoly probe of their industry that has prompted complaints foreign businesses are being treated unfairly. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

    FILE - In this April 20, 2014 file photo, a man holds a scaled model of a Audi car as he walks past the Audi A3 e-tron displayed at the China Auto show in Beijing, China. China on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, announced it will fine automaker Audi $40.5 million and Chrysler $5.2 million in a sweeping anti-monopoly probe of their industry that has prompted complaints foreign businesses are being treated unfairly. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this August 4, 2011 file photo, visitors look at Audi's models on display outside a shopping mall during a road show in Beijing, China. China on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, announced it will fine automaker Audi $40.5 million and Chrysler $5.2 million in a sweeping anti-monopoly probe of their industry that has prompted complaints foreign businesses are being treated unfairly. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

    FILE - In this August 4, 2011 file photo, visitors look at Audi's models on display outside a shopping mall during a road show in Beijing, China. China on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, announced it will fine automaker Audi $40.5 million and Chrysler $5.2 million in a sweeping anti-monopoly probe of their industry that has prompted complaints foreign businesses are being treated unfairly. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011 photo, new models are parked on display outside a dealership of the American brands of Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province. China on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, announced it will fine automaker Audi $40.5 million and Chrysler $5.2 million in a sweeping anti-monopoly probe of their industry that has prompted complaints foreign businesses are being treated unfairly. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT

    In this Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011 photo, new models are parked on display outside a dealership of the American brands of Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province. China on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, announced it will fine automaker Audi $40.5 million and Chrysler $5.2 million in a sweeping anti-monopoly probe of their industry that has prompted complaints foreign businesses are being treated unfairly. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT  (The Associated Press)

Chinese authorities have fined automaker Audi $40.5 million and Chrysler $5.2 million on charges of violating anti-monopoly law in a sweeping probe of the auto industry.

The government announced Thursday that Audi's China unit was found to have violated the law by enforcing minimum prices that dealers were required to charge for sales and service and Chrysler enforced minimum sales prices. Three Chrysler dealerships were fined for agreeing on minimum prices for repairs.

Regulators have launched a series of investigations of global automakers, technology suppliers and other companies under China's 6-year-old anti-monopoly law. Business groups say foreign companies appear to be unfairly targeted but authorities have denied that.

Authorities earlier announced fines for a group of Japanese auto components suppliers.