• Nov 5, 2006
With China's Geely out of the picture for now, it looks like Chang Feng will be the Chinese representative in Detroit next year. Dow Jones reports that Chang Feng will bring four vehicles to NAIAS 2007. Chang Feng is expected to show up with two Liebao (Chinese for Cheetah) branded pickup trucks and two SUVs. Photos and details are scarce, as you might expect from China. The above photo is Chang Feng's Cheetah concept, unveiled at the 2005 Shanghai Auto Show. Currently, Chang Feng produces licensed Mitsubishi designs.

Chang Feng chairman JianXin Li says his company plans to begin selling cars stateside sometime within the next decade.

Formerly known as No. 7319 Factory of Chinese People's Liberation Army Chang Feng Co. Ltd., Chang Feng reorganized in 1996 and says it is on track to produce 200,000 vehicles by next year, which would be twice its current output.

[Source: Dow Jones via Canadian Driver]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I Guess the moderator doesn't want real opinions about how people feel about Chineese cars.I'll say it again in Plain English..It's Ugly,and would not be cought dead in one.Why support a a Culture that rips off everyone?...Is that Better Mr. Moderator??
      • 8 Years Ago
      18 pathethic attemt to blame Bush for this,


      What US president signed a Free trade Agreement with China? I'll give you a clue, he also signed NAFTA and his wife is as cold as a Ford engine right when you need it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mike from Scarborough -

      Maybe your comments got deleted because of bigotry, racist terminology and/or connotations? When posts get deleted, I notice they usually had such content. If I'm incorrent in my assumption, then I'll apologize in advance.

      But apparantly you know nothing of Chinese culture, or you're just small-minded. Just because they pirate DVD's doesn't mean the entire culture as a whole is an emulation of other cultures.

      Simiarly, not all Canadians are French-Canadian weenies. Just because Canada has Quebec, doesn't mean that all of Canada is the same.

      Hmm...maybe my comment will be deleted now, as well.

      • 8 Years Ago
      WOW, and I thought that Chevy WTCC concept was fugly......Looks like the chinese outsourced their design to GM. it is a small world after all.

      • 8 Years Ago
      TO THOSE WHO UNDERESTIMATE THE CHINESE: YOU ARE FOOLS.______ I REMEMBER WHEN JAPANESE CARS WERE LAUGHED AT AND BEFORE THAT, WHEN "MADE IN JAPAN" MEANT "JUNK"____ THE CHINESE WILL TAKE 1/4 THE TIME TO DO IT RIGHT, HAVING THE JAPANESE EXAMPLE AND THE SELF-DESTRUCTION OF THE US INDUSTRY TO HELP THEM. A FEW MONTHS BACK I SUGGESTED THAT CHINESE MIGHT BUY THE NAMES CHEVROLET AND CADILLAC IN BANKRUPTCY SALE -- DONT BE SHOCKED IF THAT PROVES TRUE (BUT I SHOULD HAVE ADDED BUICK)
      • 8 Years Ago
      The comments on here are always way too conservative. The styling on this SUV is way more interesting than like 99% of the SUVs out there now. Especially the way the side handles are angled up.
      • 8 Years Ago
      damn, that's where the grille is from... Aston Martin! i knew it was something classic
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ohh yeah. Uniqueness is going to be something we can count on from the Chinese!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I will have to say it doesn't look THAT bad, though I don't think it'll sell in big numbers because of the name. lol. Or will it
      • 8 Years Ago
      it's really sad, because the chinese are now copying design elements from the koreans... this shares so many traits with the hyundai hcd-8 concept, or whatever one that was supposed to show the next tiburon, especially the headlights..
      • 8 Years Ago
      Chinese should do exactly what Koreans did, enter the "small size" market. I saw few small Chinese cars and I think here in USA people would definitely pay 10-15G's for those cars. Start from the bottom like everyone. There are few competitors in there, Fit, Yaris, Aveo, Smart in few years. I think Chinese can definitely produce a decent quality car that is very very cheap to entice the consumer. Cheap being the main idea here.
      Plus folks you can not underestimate the power of UNIQUENESS, which is why I think people will buy these quirky cars.

      My personal opinion is this, a new competitor, even one new competitor will force others to wakeup and start producing better cars for cheaper. I think if a Chinese company can come here and sell its car profitably others will have to outdo Chinese in quality or standard features. Picture this, Leather standard, heated seats, more airbags, and for GM owners car won’t break after 2500 miles….How cool is that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh, she's a real looker, all right.


      That being said, I will be very surprised if in 10-20 years the chinese don't start to dominate the american auto market the way the japanese have. They might even push the japs aside. It's simple: When you can manufacture a decent (fill in the blank), without actually paying any noticeable labor costs, you will be able undercut all your competitors and take market share from even the most patriotic.

      And you know what? You know the only way GM and ToyoHonda et al will be able to compete? Why, naturally, outsourcing all of their component parts from delphi etc. to china...so china wins either way.

      America better watch its back, because the 21st century is shaping up to be the chinese century.

      Here's the only upshot I see to that: once the US successfully claims hegemony over most remaining oil reserves, China, instead of letting uncle petro-sam boss them around, plays a trump card, and simply invents and widely deploys a petroleum free automobile, and leaves america clutching all of its hard won oil reserves like shares of enron stock. Think it can't happen?
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