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thought this was interesting cuz geely tried a similar thing a few years ago and then got pulled due to safety tests

AUSTRALIA'S car sector is poised for a flood of investment as well as new retail car brands from China, as the world's biggest car market and maker in-waiting seeks better technology and fresh markets.

China's largest independent carmaker and biggest retail brand, Chery, is considering investments in Australia and is looking at distressed component makers in the sector.

In March, Chinese carmaker Geely paid $US40 million ($51.8m)for the world's second-largest auto-transmission supplier, Melbourne-based Drive Train Systems International.

"The Geely purchase was a breakthrough. It's a full-blown plant with serious research and development," Industry Minister Kim Carr said in China yesterday.

Chery, which has a small research operation in Sydney, is also planning to enter the Australian retail car market with several models of its latest ranges, making it the first passenger car manufacturer from China to sell cars in Australia.

Earlier this year a smaller Chinese carmaker, Great Wall, brought its small-truck range to Australia -- there are now 55 different carmakers selling vehicles in Australia.

Chery president Yin Tonyao said he hoped to enter the Australian market this year, one of 70 the company was either in or planning to begin sales in.

"Last year we made 356,000 cars and this year we are planning to make 500,000," he said.

Unlike China's top-four carmakers Chery does not have any manufacturing joint ventures with offshore carmakers, only creating vehicles under its own brand.

"We are concentrating on small vehicles," Mr Yin said.

Late last year the company launched its first hybrid model and next year plans to release its first fully electric car.

Trade Minister Simon Crean and Mr Carr, who are on a week-long tour of Chinese carmakers, also visited the operations of Chery's Australian joint-venture partner, Futuris, which also has local government investment to witness its seat-making operations.

Futuris began construction on its plant in 2006 and this week turned out its 100,000th pair of seats, It is one of 11 Australian component makers operating in China. It recently inked a new deal with truck and large passenger-vehicle maker JAC for a fresh contract.
 

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I like this news. Even though I live in New Zealand, our two countries are quite close so usually when a Chinese company, like Great Wall comes into Australia, odds are usually they will come to New Zealand too.
Can you specify which late models might come down here and if so, will there be any Riich or Rely models.
 

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Sounds like good news. More selection means better options for consumers, which is great! Which also means China's is growing, which is also great!
 

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Well that is a great marketing strategy for china. I mean, every car manufacturer should really expand their sales like penetrating other countries who has the need for cars.
 

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they probably do well to attack areas that are weak... no point hitting luxury or sports cars since they can't do that well anyway

pickups is good because i think the market here is vastly overpriced

it would be a real coup if they can work out how to make a fairly <1.5 ton medium sized 4x4 diesel maybe with auto, dual bags + 4 star crash rating

and 7 seat suv of the above would be good

also those cheap 7 seat or more vans are good since the minimum price here is like $35k for a decent people mover (Kia with 5 star crash rating)

people are maybe reluctant to buy a Hiace style people mover that is unsafe... we still have the Mitsubishi Express which is 1 star
 

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This is a great news for business with the two countries.I live in southeast asia that's why i'm aware with products of china.I'm hoping for the business success especially with cars as one of the expensive stuff for everyone.
 
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