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Buick, Automotive News
Nov 05, 2012 (1:49 pm)
is Ford having the quality problem in China with it's newly-produced cars, too?
#28 of 36 Re: Hey... [iluvmysephia1]
Nov 06, 2012 (9:20 am)
I don't think Ford has much of a presence there, compared to GM and VW
#29 of 36 Chinese sales back up
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 09, 2012 (7:04 am)
"General Motors' sales in China rose 14.3% in October, and Ford reported a 48% increase even as the country's rate of economic growth slowed.
Ford is a much smaller player, but the 60,518 vehicles sold in October were up 48% from a year ago, and sales are up 14% through 10 months.
The Focus, which Ford now builds in Chongqing, is driving sales as the automaker expands its manufacturing and dealer base in China. Focus racked up a record 33,614 wholesale vehicles sold in October and more than 221,000 year-to-date.
"Together with our partners, we are delighted the Ford Focus has been the best-selling nameplate in China," said Dave Schoch, CEO of Ford China."
GM, Ford sales in China rise despite slowdown in economic growth (Detroit Free Press)
#30 of 36 "In China, 'Audi' Means 'Big Shot' "
Nov 17, 2012 (10:53 pm)
From the New York Times...
By MICHAEL WINES
Published: November 16, 2012
"IN 1994, China’s Communist rulers decided that the gluttony of party officials with unfettered access to money and privilege was soiling their brand. Indeed, the rulers’ own penchant for black Mercedes stretch limousines sparked no small amount of comment in what was then mostly a nation of bicyclists.
So to set an example, they gave them up. And switched to being chauffeured about town in black Audis, the windows tinted a dusty gray..."
#31 of 36 Re: "In China, 'Audi' Means 'Big Shot' " [hpmctorque]
Nov 18, 2012 (9:50 am)
And "big shot" there means cronyism, dependence on sweatshop labor/blood money, towing the political party line, and embezzlement. Maybe not an image Audi wants in the rest of the world.
#32 of 36 Re: "In China, 'Audi' Means 'Big Shot' " [fintail]
Nov 19, 2012 (7:15 am)
The Mercedes 600 Pullman is the conveyance of any good dictator in a third world kleptocracy though the 1976 Lincoln Continental runs a close second.
#33 of 36 Re: "In China, 'Audi' Means 'Big Shot' " [fintail]
Nov 20, 2012 (6:53 am)
I agree with your first sentence. However, despicable people and bad images don't seem to tarnish the image of the cars they choose, historically. I can't think of one example to the contrary.
#34 of 36 Re: "In China, 'Audi' Means 'Big Shot' " [hpmctorque]
Nov 20, 2012 (9:41 am)
Good point. If anything, evil sells.
Dec 05, 2012 (5:05 pm)
"Ford Motor Co. set a sales record in China for the third consecutive month in November and bolstering its effort was sales of its Focus compact car.
Ford China registered 67,505 sales in November, up 56 percent compared to the same month last year. Ford China sales are now up 18 percent through the first 11 months of 2012."
Ford sets sales record in China for third consecutive month (Detroit News)
Dec 07, 2012 (10:29 pm)
Ford is set to prosper big-time in China, if they're not already. The Fiesta ought ta do well there, too, though I'm not certain Ford's Chinese counterpart in production, Changan, makes the Fiesta for Chinese consumption. Though I'd be shocked if they didn't. It should be an absolute natural for China, the Ford Fiesta.