• Feb 9, 2009
There seems to be little doubt that Chinese cars will hit the U.S. market some soon – the big question is when. At least one automaker is suggesting that Chinese cars will enter America by way of Mexico, with production starting in 2010 and sales in the United States by 2015 after first making the rounds in Latin America and Canada. That date may have been sooner had we not hit such a nasty global economic crisis.

Perhaps the most interesting part of this scenario would be the distribution chain. Instead of using franchised dealerships, Mexican-built Chinese cars could be sold at large retail chains like CostCo and Walmart. GS Motors, the Mexican distributor for China's FAW brand, is already trialing this strategy in Mexico and would likely do the same in the States, assuming the program proves successful in smaller markets.

[Source: Gasgoo]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Well WalMart already sells everything else made in China. Selling Chinese cars would be a natural progression.

      My question is, after it breaks in 10 months, can I return the car without a receipt for a full refund?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Probably. Plus, with every car you get a free Hermes wallet.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No way Walmart can sell cars. Car sales need dedicated, knowledgeable sales people, not low wage clerks. Car sales need service departments, which Walmart doesn't have. Cars sales need finance departments, which Walmart doesn't have. It's a totally different kind of retail.

        Walmart knows what they're good at. This is way too big a leap for them. They're not gonna do it.

        Same for Costco. Costco's happy to get in the middle of a car transaction, but they're not going to take on dealer responsibilities.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just imagine the service after the sale.

        Warranty repair?
        Road side service?
        Recall correction?

        Have fun with that!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just say NO to unsafe, junky Chinese cars in the US!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      They're ALREADY ripping off the 2009 Nissan styling language???
        • 5 Years Ago
        The ignorance on Autoblog would be amazing if I didn't already know about it. I wonder how many more jackas$es are going to make the same incorrect uninformed ignorant comment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nissan called...
        • 5 Years Ago
        jon,

        you're asking too much from these ignorant jackas$es
        • 5 Years Ago
        SO TRUE
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Such a pity you have little automotive knowledge."

        Dazza, I feel as if reminding you of the Infiniti G35/Nissan Skyline is too smart a comeback for me to make in response to you.

        I mean, we could ignore the lines which Brilliance borrowed from the G35 if you'd like...

        (protip: keep the condescending language in your closet if you don't want it flipped on your head by someone down the road)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Read before you make some smart-ass comment.

        This Brilliance BC3 came out WAY before the Maxima or the 370Z.

        http://www.autoblog.com/2007/09/28/brilliance-releases-15k-bc3-turbo-coupe/
        • 5 Years Ago
        Indeed ... Nissan called to say they copied styling cues from the BC3, which has now been on sale for several years.

        Such a pity you have little automotive knowledge.
        • 5 Years Ago
        One way or another...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree with everyone else, wtf is with those lights? The Maxima looks like its leaping into action (albeit driving it is a different story) but the headlights are just wrong.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice looking car.

      If it scores high in crash tests?

      Low price. I buy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Look where Hyundai is today for being a relative new comer. I see the Chinese soon will evolve.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hyundai and Kia posted record sales in January 2009, Hyundai-Kia is eating market share from Chinese venders IN CHINA.

        Chinese automobiles aren't sellable in the US, I assure you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      logo looks like toyota's
        • 5 Years Ago
        Talk about reaching, john. Besides, I believe the Brilliance logo is derived from the first character of the brand's Chinese name. So, no, it is not a rip off of Toyota's badge.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ok, and Chrysler like Benz, and Hyundai like Honda so what would you like to say about that?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Couldn't the Chinese buy licences to produce good old Honda CRXs or British classics?
      Then they could sell them very cheap in Latin America, Africa, Russia, etc.
      A new CRX for $5,000 - that would be a bargain.

      This American already works at a Chinese factory for $220 a month.
      http://www.chinacartimes.com/2009/01/10/the-american-line-worker-in-china/
      • 5 Years Ago
      this is just like 30 years ago when Toyota tried to enter US market. Lot of guys were against the idea that Japan car can be safe and practical. But now, Toyota took over GM to be the biggest brother.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, I remember when Japanese cars were derided for their small size and thin sheet metal.

        Just like the Indian Nano, the cars are built to a price that their still relatively poor citizens can afford. Safety is priced out of the equation as they need transport more than anything else.

        China is an interesting place. It's poor, but dynamic making hi-tech goods and junk at the same time. They're going through many of the eras industrialized nations went through in the 19th and early 20th centuries all at once. Worker and consumer safety is not important. Companies have the most power. They an authoritarian government, but a pretty capitalistic economy. Believe me, they are learning fast. Like other Asian Tigers, they'll get tired of being the contract manufacturers of big worldwide companies and want to sell directly to the consumer to reap more of the profit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      We buy everything else from China or Vietnam or who-ever builds it the cheapest for the low end market, so be it...cars will be next. Pick the industries in the USA that has caused it's own self-destruction cause they do not understand that China is a juggernaut...steel, TV, toys, phones, construction equipment and even milk (although somewhat deadly). The largest producer of steel in the world...China...the largest consumer of concrete...China....they are not over there building huts with grass roofs. GM can talk the Volt up, but if China can produce a cheap cool yellow car and the masses of US workers (legal or not) of barely able to afford it cause they live with their parents can get credit...they will buy it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That BC3 looks nice... thing is, whats the reliability / performance of this thing?

      Is it going to be a Yugo in that it falls apart after 4,000 miles, and gets 0-60 in five years?
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