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Old 08-19-2007, 10:48 AM   #1
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China is planning to sell cars in the US

Chery is planning to offer low-cost autos for our buying pleasure. While Chrysler says they will go for $10,000, the head of the Chery car company says $7000! I'm all about cheap wheels, this could even get me to buy my first new car ever. They've really taken Western concerns for safety to heart - the new Chery has a crumple zone that extends from the front bumper to the back - more is better, right?

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Whaddya bet they use lead paint, too?
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I can see some similarity to high-end machines. I'd expect them to be as reliable and durable as a Ferrari.
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I'll pass, thank you.
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"Made in China" is quickly becoming a euphemism for "poor quality".
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Well, if they have a lot of room in them, we could pack 'em all full of all the recalled toys, and imported toothpaste, pet food additives, and all the rest of that crap, and send the whole ball of wax back!

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"Made in China" is quickly becoming a euphemism for "poor quality".
Becoming? I thought it always was!
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"Made in China" is quickly becoming a euphemism for "poor quality".

Remember when "Made in Japan" meant the same thing?
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Remember when "Made in Japan" meant the same thing?
Actually, yes I do remember that! But right now, "Not Made in China" implies higher quality...as of today I would never even consider buying a Chinese car, in 20 years who knows?
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I am not sure how long it will take the Chinese to catch up on the quality front. But you can be sure of one thing. American manufacturers are in China. This will make it fairly easy for them to emulate the QA programs to increase quality.

Of course, the low wage differential will eventually catch up with them just as it has other countries (like Japan).
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What's with all the anti-China sentiment? China makes many fine products. I know, have YOU ever been there? The problem is government oversight of many industries is non-existent. Why would they pay people more or put quality products, which would cost more, out to market? Both the Chinese and American governments don't exactly require them to. Foolish Americans still purchase the lackluster products.

They can make good products (and do), but why push for good products when you can make more money with less? Capitalism is alive and well in China. This is its manifestation.
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Me think a more appropriate comparsions is with the Korean cars. I remember in the 80's when I wouldn't want to be seen in an Hyundai.
Fast fwd 20 years, I find beautiful and extremely competitive cars and suvs from the Koreans.

China just surpassed the USA as number 2 in world export this week.
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Indian car maker Tata fires back with a car estimated to cost 1200 pounds: $2377.86 US - that's not in USA trim, no mention of them even thinking of exporting the car to us. They'll be selling the car as an Indian home brand and probably decreasing the surplus population with it.

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I am all for driving down prices. It makes my money more efficient. Of course, I will wait a few years to buy one of those cheap cars!

The downside for the US is the loss of jobs until the economic (wage) differential reaches an equilibrium.

We will be dealing with this for quite some time. We (US and Canada) will have to continue to reinvent and move up the food chain to keep ourselves prosperous.

One thing that the US has going for itself. We probably work harder than any other nation in the world... It is my understanding that we work more hours than most people in most nations.
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They've really taken Western concerns for safety to heart - the new Chery has a crumple zone that extends from the front bumper to the back - more is better, right?
Absolutely!

I am very impressed with the safety concern the Chinese designers have for the people in the car behind the Chinese car that gets into an accident
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Old 08-21-2007, 12:27 PM   #20
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I love to bash the incompetency of the car design as much as anyone.
But I think there is another side.
This kind of cars and the Chery (sp?) are dispicable cars by 1st world standards.
What no bun warmer or powered tail gate? Shame.

They are the model T's forf the 3rd world.
If you spend 5 minutes in any indonesia city you will understand safety features are of low value.
Price is king.
The Big3, which is not true anymore, has zero presence and no product or infrastucture to play in those markets.
Guess where the growth spurt in auto industry will be.
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