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#30 of 36 "In China, 'Audi' Means 'Big Shot' "
Nov 17, 2012 (11:53 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 (10:50 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 (8:15 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 (7:53 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 (10:41 am)
Good point. If anything, evil sells.
#35 of 36 Edging up
by steve_ HOST
Dec 05, 2012 (6:05 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 (11:29 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.