Saturday, March 18, 2006

Chinese automaker eyes Detroit

BY MICHAEL ELLIS

FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER
Detroit could be home to another automaker -- one that builds cars in China.

China's Geely Automobile Co., which plans to sell vehicles in the United States by late 2008, is considering Detroit for the site of its North American headquarters. Geely (JEE-lee) unveiled its CK compact sedan at January's North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Geely's North American operations are based in Salt Lake City, home of former California Lt. Gov. John Harmer, who is heading the U.S. expansion.

"I've come to grips with reality that Salt Lake is not the place to try to have Geely headquarters," Harmer said. "Obviously Detroit is presumably the most logical place."



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Anonymous ChinaLawBlog said...

Why is Detroit the most logical place? And does anyone actually think a Chinese car manufacturer will be welcomed in Michigan? I grew up in Michigan and I don't think so.

5:43 PM  
Blogger chinacars said...

detroit most logical place cuz its car manufacturing hub of US , and when chinese cars come they will grow fast and US cars will downsize fast, perhaps plants will be bought

4:46 PM  

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