Cars Coming Soon: The Great Wall Steed, and Other Chinese Vehicles

April 25th, 2013
Great Wall Steed

Great Wall Steed

Imagine the irony of this:

A Chinese car company finally sells vehicles in the United States and even builds a factory here to manufacture the cars it sells. Meanwhile, an American car company selling cars in China builds a factory there to produce the vehicles it sells there.

Did you follow that?

General Motors sells more cars in China than it does here in the States, so it makes business sense to build cars there. No Chinese company, though, has ventured into the U.S. market to sell cars, much less build them here.

That could change. And soon.

I know, rumors have been flying for years about a Chinese company selling cars in North America. To date, that hasn’t happened. In fact, just 3 months ago, a report surfaced that said China is a good 10 years away from breaking into the U.S. market.

Great Wall Motor Company wants to do it in 2. According to Automotive News, the China-based maker of trucks and SUVs plans to sell its vehicles in the U.S. by 2015. Great Wall has been researching its U.S. entry for the last 2 years, looking at regulatory requirements, establishing a dealer network and determining what U.S. customers needs and want.

Great Wall currently sells a small truck in the United Kingdom known as the Steed. It has a 2.0-liter diesel engine, 4-wheel drive and gets over 30 miles per gallon. On the downside, it takes a staggering 17 seconds to reach 62 mph and has a top speed of just 85 mph.

Top Gear drove the Steed and called it, “Entirely passable, in a generic, pickup truck sort of way.” Coming from those guys, that’s a pretty good testament to Chinese quality.

No one knows if the Steed, or other vehicles, might be offered for sale here. For that matter, no one knows if Great Wall will even be able to succeed in its goal to build and sell cars here.

We do know it’s just a matter of when, not if, Chinese cars become available. Whether it takes 2 years or 10 remains to be seen!

Would you consider the purchase of a Chinese vehicle? What if it were built in the United States?

-tgriffith

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  1. Randy
    May 12th, 2013 at 07:56 | #1

    I hate to break it to you, but Japanese buyers prefer to buy Hondas and Toyotas made in America instead of the same model built in Japan because the build quality is consided better. (Yes, some cars in high demand made in both countries are shipped to Japan.) That only applies of course, if you consider Toyota and Honda North America to be American. The true domestics still tend to suffer in comparison because (despite what their execs say) they all take cheap short cuts to make more money.

  2. Alfredo
    May 1st, 2013 at 22:26 | #2

    If japanese cars are better than american. If koreans are getting better than americans, why not give it a try?

  3. Randy
    April 25th, 2013 at 19:04 | #3

    Americans have pretty much destroyed their own country so they can buy cheap, shoddy foreign products made in sweat shops. Why not go all the way and kill off the last large industrial center we have?

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