• Jul 21st 2006 at 8:03AM
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Li Shufu, the chairman of Geely Automobile, has decided to put on hold his plans to export a Chinese produced vehicle to the United States by 2008 that would start at $10,000. The reason? According to AutoWeek, it sounds like Shufu doesn't think his Chinese domestic cars can hack it in the U.S. on low cost alone. The move apparently prompted the removal of John Harmer, the former COO of Geely USA Inc., from his position, though Shufu has retained him as a consultant. Shufu's new plan is to contract assistance from outside sources to build a car specifically for the U.S. market, as well as to build a new plant to assemble them.

The old plan would have had Geely automobiles on U.S. soil in 2008 or 2009, but the brand's arrival is now unknown. What we'd like to know is the location of this proposed plant. As negative reception of a vehicle produced by a Chinese automaker in the U.S. is a big concern for Geely and its competitors hoping to enter this market, one would think that building those vehicles inside the U.S. would be a good PR move. Nanjing apparently thinks so.

[Source: AutoWeek]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      anyone can't see it? :o)
      • 9 Years Ago
      China is DUMPING products onto the North American market and we are loosing jobs !
      • 9 Years Ago
      Does anyone else see the resemblance to the last gen Benz S-Class?
      • 8 Years Ago
      The dream of Chinas Li Shufu.
      A Geely car for everyone

      It is a wonderfull documentation of the Car industrie of China. For 60% this documentation is going about LI SHUFU and HIS Geely.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5BgR72EkSU (part 1)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meU4myjphqc (part 2)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ37ckBjWEc (part 3)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JH9AQodC9Lk (part 4)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LPuSeQR3ng (part 5)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cHPP-Lax20 (part 6)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwkhaFX2eso (part 7)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ednI1Pjw0FA (part 8)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dafN0zc1XRs (part 9)
      • 9 Years Ago
      #12.It's not the automaker's fault most North Americans want to drive an SUV.They build what we want for the most part.They Obviously make more per unit on an SUV than a 12K car like a Focus,Caliber,or Cobalt.At Least if you buy one of those 3 mentioned,your helping your economy here more dorectly that buying a POS Geely.At leat those 3 aren't trying to look like a Benz.

      Same goes for the Civic and Corrola,,they build them here almost 90% NA content.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Geely must want to beat Lexus for the best copy of a Mercedes design.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Joel, nobody can choose an Logan over a Yaris and neither Accent.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I seriously doubt they'd be able to sell a car for $10,000 if it was built in the US. They'll probably build a dedicated plant in China.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "Why??? A $3000 car would KILL in the US!!!"

      It did...remember the Yugo?

      Oh, wait...that just killed it's drivers...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Why??? A $3000 car would KILL in the US!!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Chinese cars won't cost much less than other makes by the time you can actually buy one*. But competition does bring overall price levels down.

      *Quite simple. If a new model is sold for less than it is worth as a car then the dealers will have to put you on a wait list. Those who get one can resell it above list.

      Prius is a good example. Toyota chose to sell them for less than people would pay (for a while.) So you couldn't walk in and buy one without waiting - there were no unsold ones. If you wanted a Prius RIGHT NOW you could get a used one for over list price from a guy who took delivery yesterday.

      Miatas were so hot this condition existed briefly a decade ago.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Excellent. A cheap-as-can-be S-class rip-off that will fall to bits the first time you slam the door.

      Hope they've managed some crash testing this time (anyone remember the Landwind 4x4 which was forced to retreat after scoring no stars in the EuroNCAP test?).

      If you want genuine cheap motoring try to persuade Renault to introduce their "world-car" the Dacia Logan.
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