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?