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Most auto workers in China do own cars. You can buy a car for as low as USD $3000 in China. Auto workers make about USD $600 a month in China so they can buy 2 cars with 1 years salary.
 

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asdfzxcv said:
Making a car involves more than just assembly, and design and engineering process are first and formost!

And creating a car without passion would end up with efforts like lexus (competently assembled but no fun) at best and daewoo, hyundai, name your chinese cars here at worst.

So you're saying all American cars like Chevy and Dodge are better than Lexus.
 

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erik (laofan) said:
Dear Hazik, during my last visit to Chery (July) they told me that the average car worker at Chery gets 100 euro per month, a more specialist worker like a designer 200 euro. The parking lots at Chery are empty (only bicycles), that's why we started the discussion about this subject. Chery workers don't own cars, even the director of Chery's own design department told us that he couldn't afford a car.

Chery's plant is located in Anhui. Anhui is one of the poorest places so they don't have to pay as much. Auto workers in other parts of China do make $500 or more a month.


http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/1018-09.htm

Critics say that Delphi employees, who earn an average of $27 an hour in addition to generous medical and retirement benefits, make too much to allow the company to compete. By contrast, workers at Delphi's profitable China operations earn about $3 an hour.
$3/hour x 190 hours a month = $600 /month

SAIC VW also pays $3/hour to it's auto workers
 

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Wuji said:
Laofan,

Yes, Chery is a young company and it is still trying to survive in Chinese market although it is sucessful now to some degree. They do not have a good profit now and they need invest a great deal of money to further develop. You heard that Chery is planning to be listed ? Surely that is for money.

If you look at the employees (even shop level workers) in Shanghai-VW and Shang-GM, you will find something different. Most of them have their own cars. But I think both of them became sucessful because of low competition in last two decades.

Chinese demastice brands will be becoming stronger and stronger because of low cost and fast response to the market. Car manufactruing is not so sophisticed indeed. As long as you have a good apperance (you can buy from, e.g., Italy), good components (you can buy easily, e.g. from Bosch, Delphi) and a good quality control, you will be sucessful.
People who work at SAIC-GM and SAIC-volkswagen drive Chery's and Geely's.
 
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