• seano Posted: 7/28/2009 5:31pm PDT

    Given that most consumers have absolutely no idea where their cars actually come from anyway? A good modern example...how many average Americans that had heard of the Pontiac G8 knew that is was designed and built in Australia...from what I've seen...not many. And there are more than a few other US market cars from the last few years that are assembled in low cost countries like Mexico, Thailand, South Africa and parts of Eastern Europe.
    Virtually every small car and utility vehicle on the Australian market regardless of brand is made in Thailand. Even Hyundai is making small cars in India these days because it is cheaper!!
    Where cars are made is no longer important...who makes them and to what standard is important.
    The entry of the so-called Chinese & Indian market into the US is inevitable but it won't be via some Chinglish brand....it'll be a brand you know and perhaps even respect that'll try and sell you a Chinese made car. Think VW, GM etc. (not Great Wall or some other unknown) and they won't be getting it that wrong...because they'll have had practice..

  • R2dad Posted: 7/28/2009 10:54am PDT

    This is still largely a hypothetical discussion, since Indian and Chinese cars are not yet available in the states. Judging from the inhumane behavior the Chinese inflict on themselves (re: melamine milk fiasco), a nascent auto industry, and vast cultural differences, China has one chance to get it right the first time--a very tall order.