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Chinese Automobiles Are Coming To Showrooms Near You Sooner Than You Think...

Discussion in 'General Elio Discussion' started by ElioWallSteet, May 23, 2018.

  1. ElioWallSteet

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    Going to take a while to get the American public to buy into Chinese automobiles. The very people that they'll have to win over (lower/middle income) are those that tend to prioritize "Made in USA" for large public purchases. They won't be able to compete in the premium vehicle market unless they continue to purchase other companies (Volvo) and continue to build them outside of China.

    I don't particularly care about purchasing American made products, as much as I prioritize not purchasing Chinese made goods. Until China can get a handle on their domestic manufacturing quality, without foreign oversight, and stop their labor abuses, I'll continue to avoid PRC manufactured goods as much as reasonably possible. For example, we recently needed a new french press, but wanted all SS. Couldn't find anything that wasn't manufactured in China, so I decided to purchase a porcelain pour-over system designed and manufactured in Germany instead.

    Anyway, I'm not the target demographic, and I have no interest in putting "America first," but even I would only purchase a Chinese made vehicle if no other options existed.
     
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    Since I deal with Chinese companies and spend lots of time there, I can tell you I think many underestimate their abilities and look at the future. For the car industry I bet they will push low cost EV’s. Since they do it for their home market, the US is a ripe market. I’m starting to wonder if the cheap EV market in the US will go the route of the lightbulb industry. The Chinese were 5 years ahead of the curve on LED and thus the US industry suffered.
     
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    I have owned a lot of motorcycles. One recent one was Chinese. It worked well and was of decent quality.
    I am old enough to remember when Honda came to the US with motorcycles and cars. Most treated it like a joke. Surprise!
     
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    Here's something to remember. Since western companies operate in China and use them for parts and even manufacture there, the Chinese have learned what level of quality they need to reach for various markets. The belief is that Chinese items are junk when we know that can be the case yet not for everything. We are all old enough when Japanese products were junk and for the youngsters, Korean products were junk. As we all know, not the case today. If a product is made in japan, it's considered the opposite as to what it was many years ago. Thing is, the Chinese know this and have learned through all of the other products they make, they can make high quality ones. In the automotive industry, they know this and won't be making that garbage Chinese stuff we think they make. They will be coming with a business plan that will work. just like the Koreans. They didn't start off with $50K cars. Same for the Japanese.
     
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    If we had a true microcar, Chinese or not, I would buy it. A Chinese Elio would be in my driveway tomorrow.
     
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    I thought that it was mostly just racism making people think that. I do know that early Honda cars were very plain but I've always thought it was demonizing them from WW2 that made people mistrust them.

    I do know for a fact that Korean cars were poop when they came over. Kia tried a major takeover but the cars were terrible. An extreme warranty, even a buy one get one deal couldn't save them. Years later they came back but only after learning their lessons and waiting it out long enough for people to forget. Hyndai and Kia are the same company by the way and both have the same history basically.
     
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    Lest we forget Daewoo, made a good, but very plain vehicle, then was absorbed by an American company. Chevy?
     
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    Nope, went bust !!!
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daewoo
     
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    Allowing them in to USA hopefully allowed us benefits such as China stopping the theft of intellectual properties, etc. Perhaps opening more markets in China to US companies.
     
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