• Jun 11, 2009
The Renault Laguna, Scenic, Megane and Megane Coupe-Cabriolet were designed by Renault, built by Renault factories in France, and have all earned five stars in European NCAP tests. They have also all been banned by China's General Administration of Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine for "serious safety risks" and inadherence to technical regulations.

Renault didn't even sell a thousand cars in China last year, and the GAQSIQ didn't specify what could have been so wrong with those four cars that they deserved a ban. It has only said that Renaults "have many times revealed quality problems" and urged the company to check its Chinese-market cars thoroughly. We have no idea what the technical and safety issues could be, but based on some of the Chinese cars being sold... well, you know the one about glass houses, right?

[Source: Automotive News, sub. req'd]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      it's a political thing. recently dalai lama received something from the french government. And now the chinese are responding
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly, this is a political issue. China is PO'ed and is trying to embarrass France over the Dalai Lama getting honorary French citizenship.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A little late, but here come the flood of ignorant, one sided comments.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm sorry but

      LOOOOOOOOL
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope there's more to this story, but even if there isn't I'm not terribly surprised by this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This headline literally made me laugh out loud!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can see why...
      Just imagine a head-on collision between a Renault and a "local" car. Serious safety risk for the other driver !
      • 5 Years Ago
      OMMFG they can not be serious...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Of course they're serious, just not honest.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It really depends on how much they bribed the Chinese officials. In this case, probably none. :P
        • 5 Years Ago
        it's called protectionism. They're not serious.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And in a related story, imported German beer has been banned from sale in China as it does not contain enough of "the People's Hops"
      • 5 Years Ago
      hahaha, ridiculous.

      In a way, its a huge diss to Renault lol; It's like the fattest kid in class making fun of you
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess Carlos Ghosn didn't pay enough bribes to Communist Party members.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The problem is that it's too safe. They count on auto-related deaths as part of their population control.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Perhaps it went down like this.

      Some Chinese statistician was looking at collision statistics. And he noticed that all collisions between Renault and indigenous cars ended the same way: the indigenous car was totaled and the occupants perished and the Renault and its occupants were fine.

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