bluffer said:New Pictures Brilliance M3. Nice car - probably engine 1.8T 170 hp (5 500), 235Nm (2 000 - 4 500), 0-100 -> 10,3 sec. (with aut. gearbox), Vmax - 220 km/h.
There actually are plans for Brillance to enter the US market. Peter M. DeLorenzo, who runs an auto market watcher website, seems to think they are the most likely the first Chinese company to do so:AXLE said:As of yet there are no plans to bring Brilliance vehicles to NA that I know of. Personally I'm a fan of M3, I think it looks kick ass.
Publisher's Note: I had the pleasure of attending (and speaking at) the Bel Air Partners Elite Dealer Summit in New York last week, a very interesting gathering of top dealers and dealer groups from all over the country. The focus of the meeting was the emerging Chinese automobile industry and the eventual reality of Chinese vehicles being imported here. There were a series of speakers on Thursday and Friday, but by far the most interesting sequence occurred when Malcolm Bricklin did a presentation, followed shortly by a representative from Brilliance China Automotive. Always entertaining and filled with quips and funny lines, Bricklin got up and promised he would be back - this time importing Chinese hybrid vehicles, after first settling his dispute with Chery (Daimler AG waltzed-in and took Chery out from under him, according to Bricklin). All of the usual promises and hype - a Bricklin specialty - were made in vintage loosey-goosey style, and Malcolm even waved around poster boards with artist's rendering of his proposed "world-beater" Chinese car. Of course, he alluded to the fact that he had all of the problems associated with this advanced technology solved and that his partners had figured out the whole battery "thing" and then he was gone, leaving everybody wondering if there was anything there "there" - per usual. But Bricklin's misfortune was that after a break the representative from Brilliance China Automotive got up and proceeded to deliver the most buttoned-up, detailed and seamless presentation you can imagine, delineating every detail from vehicle importation sites, sales regions, product development and testing all the way to product photos and even initial pricing. Everyone in the room couldn't help but be impressed, and everyone in attendance that day knew they were witnessing the beginnings of the first serious Chinese threat to the status quo in the U.S. market. What I also took away from that meeting was that Brilliance China Automotive effectively put an end to Malcolm Bricklin's career. The juxtaposition between the two presenters was painfully striking, with Bricklin and all of his smoke and mirrors bluster going up against a thoroughly detailed presentation perfectly suited to the new century and the global scope of the automobile business. - PMD
Japanese mass produce car parts in china because of cheap labour and land values, and makes economic sense in terms of entering the Chinese market.1stVEngineInAsia_HongQi said:One more thing, if someone likes Japanese cars too much, ask your Japanese car makers to F**k off producing their parts in China. I really want to see how much a Japanese cars will cost and if anyone in the world will buy them? Haaaa haha , sorry, I really have to laugh at the short sighted ambitiously.
what is there to cheer about, most chinese cars are inferior Japanese knockoffs, over a decade old in terms of design and technical issues.Cheers, Chinese Automobile Makers!