Shanghai Rohens· Registered
Sorry mate but I have to disagree with you. I have been in China for the last 15 years and can tell you categorically that the home-grown market was full of abysmal cars, trucks and wagons !KiwiGuy said:I also agree with earlier posts that acceptance in the Western World with Chinese automobiles is almost nil, with many websites posting negative stuff about the Chinese automotive industry. I used to be the same but I feel that many are "uneducated" in a way about Chinese cars. And don't forget, for those who live in Australia and New Zealand who post and contribute to this website, that both governments heavily import used Japanese cars of the same quality. I see it as many people making uneducated assumptions about the Chinese auto industry.
And the lack of info in English is a big factor as well.
However things are beginning to change and I've owned 3 Chinese made cars a Landwind (never, ever again, even with your money) and two Cherys (I would buy a Chery without hesitation, fitting quality is a bit lacking but mechanically robust and superb value for money. The ones I had were utilising Mitsubishi engines & transmissions).
However they are extremely innovative (usually by finding something they like, copying it and improving on it - ask GM) but now also in the area of 'green' cars for the future. They are great at making small innovative cars since that's what sells the most. Quality is improving in leaps & bounds though driven by the competition from foreign companies such as GM, Honda & Toyota.
There is also a huge market (because there are vast amounts of disposable income) for luxury imported cars which sell for unbelievable prices here. Usually anywhere from 50% to 100% above their home market price. Sooner or later these manufacturers will build their own factories here (they have already started) and that again will help on the road to quality improvement.