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#26 of 35 Re:China To Build Cars in North America
Jul 03, 2007 (5:57 pm)
First, to the person who forgot what brand of car Sears sold, it was the Henry J by Kaiser.
Second, I worked in China for 2 years. Even the Chinese engineers said they would not buy a Chery. The main reason was, they only produced it for Chinese consumption, therefore there were no "Foreign Experts" to show or tell them how to make the car. The Chinese are fully capable of making quality products and they will. They just need the "Foreign Experts" to show them how to do it. Since China entered the WTO and opened up to the west, their domestic products have had an enormous increase in quality. the factories see how to make quality products for the western countries and the technology filters down. Shanghai GM, Chrysler/Jeep, BMW and others have plants there producing quality cars made to the "Foreign Experts" specifications and they are learning extremely fast about quality. If it's a government funded venture the expertiese is readily available to all. I saw a great many items in China that I wish I could buy here in the US. One of which was the electric bicycle. In China I could have bought one for about $100 to $200, here they are $1500. China is an amazing place, an land of contrasts, where you can see a 3 wheeled bicycle truck carrying a load of computers to market. The computer stores selling the absolute latest technology while in the market fresh meat hangs on a hook all day without refridgeration. It's truly an interesting place to work and live. They will succeed. Their system dictates they will and they will not want to be one called a failure.
#27 of 35 Re:China To Build Cars in North America [nn8b]
Jul 03, 2007 (6:12 pm)
Thank you. I THOUGHT it was a Henry J.
I was only in China for a little under two weeks adopting a daughter but I know exactly what you mean with the contracts. One of the first things I saw that constantly amazed me was how you would see a new, modern apartment building and then next to it would be an ancient one with the top part already knocked down in anticipation of being next on the replace list while there are still people living in the lower floors hanging laundry out the windows.
Jul 04, 2007 (9:01 am)
Their system dictates they will and they will not want to be one called a failure.
That may very well spell future success for Chinese automakers, right there. Ya know how we're taught about the Japanese work ethic and saving face up against all odds?
Well, if the Chinese can become anything near the artisans the Japanese have become at carmaking, they are coming here with cars and we will buy them.
Why would we buy a Daewoo, Toshiba, Sony, etc. computer or computer part and exclude a Chinese-built computer part. We want them cheap but we want them to hold up for a long time as well.
It's the partnerships where the Chinese benefit from existing companies' engineering and manufacturing groups that is the missing link coming in to place now at Chinese carmaking factories.
The Chinese building plants here in NA is a new concept though, indeed. Have not caught any word of that happening as of yet.
#29 of 35 China-made Chryslers by 2010
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jul 04, 2007 (9:12 am)
But they aren't going to be built in NA, just exported to here and Europe.
#30 of 35 So the Chinese-made car sold in
Jul 04, 2007 (3:31 pm)
America vision continues to pant on. We'll be getting some different choices in a couple more years, it looks like.
Where is Malcomb Bricklin during all of this? Strangely silent as of late, eh?
#31 of 35 Re: So the Chinese-made car sold in [iluvmysephia1]
Sep 24, 2007 (6:59 am)
Well it still has been silent as of September 24th 2007. I'm just glad it hasn't happened yet.
#32 of 35 Re: So the Chinese-made car sold in [rockylee]
Sep 24, 2007 (7:52 am)
The Xebra is made in China and sold in the USA. Not technically a car. It is an enclosed vehicle that is all electric. I would say the first wave of cars from China will be Electric Vehicles. They are ahead of us building them in a price point that will sell.