• May 3rd 2010 at 8:00AM
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BYD – an acronym for Build Your Dreams – wants to be a star on the American auto scene, and the Chinese maker of cars, batteries and solar cells is setting up shop in Los Angeles to do it. With LA Mayor Villaraigosa and California Governor Schwarzenegger as a supporting cast, the company announced it would locate its headquarters at 1800 S. Figueroa Street in the financial district of downtown LA.

However, the company's first goal isn't making a mark with its cars. Right now it is focused on solar panels, aiming to make them popular enough that they cost less for consumers. Paraphrasing Bill Gates' ideas about the PC, BYD Chairman Chuan-Fu said he wants solar panels on every home.

After that, the company's next goal is to expand throughout the States, and only after that is done will it turn to building hybrid and fully electric cars here. BYD's new operations are expected to add several hundred jobs to the LA's employment rolls.

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[Source: Daily News]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh, I'm sorry, I thought it was a Volkswagen. Carry on...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Will that help them figure out how to paint or otherwise mask the window frames on that car to black?

      Honestly.... why doesn't that occur to people? black wing windows, and quarter windows, but body-colored window frames on the doors between them, when they could easily be black?

      That lack of detail awareness may seem inconsequential, but what other corners have they cut that aren't as obvious as the side of that barn?
      • 5 Years Ago
      not that bad.

      • 5 Years Ago

      I'm sick of the Chinese already. It's bad enough our biggest exports in all things raw materials is to China.

      This is a bad idea, if they get their quality issues in order, they will be dumping product at low-end prices. That's just one reason to keep them out. They also have the biggest market - on their own soil - let them stay there and work things out.

      Our government may be nasty and dirty, but the Chinese make ours seem like choir boys - especially when you check into how they treat their own. Watch out, the Chinese are coming, (and they ARE Communists). Sorry if it sounds too political, but they are what they are. The Germans kicked out their crap machines why don't we?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah? America is a Christian country. I don't see Americans following Christian values of kindness to others very closely.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Chinese aren't kicking the Americans out; in fact, if it wasn't for China, GM would probably be kaput by now. Why should we?
      • 5 Years Ago
      a chinese company setting US hq in California. I am SHOCKED, just SHOCKED.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Hat’s off. Well done, as we know that “hard work always pays off”,
      after a long struggle with sincere effort it’s done.BMW Cars
      • 5 Years Ago
      Makes sense to locate in a western state since it is closer. But they will have to prove they can build a quality product, be it panels or (esp.) cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      These Chinese automakers have terrible branding, at least from my American point of view. Maybe these horrid fonts and logos are successful in China but all of these brands are going to need serious branding/marketing overhauls to be successful here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It took the Koreans 25 years to reach the quality levels of the Japanese. It will take the Chinese less than 10. By first making smaller high tech items like solar panels which will have spill over effects for the auto industry giving them a presence and image platform to grow from. The big three will continue to play catch up in the small car low profit end of the business while Korea, China, and to a lesser extent Japan, walk away with the market all the while our own government will regulate Detroit out of business by making high margin trucks and large cars impossible to build. Caution, merging traffic: VW/Ford, Nissan/GM, Hyundai-Kia/Mazda. It's coming.
      • 5 Years Ago
      More jobs in California.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Before a joke on safety is attempted, here are new Chinese crash test videos:


      And they aren't C-NCAP.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The interior. Upon closer inspection I see such similarities:

      A Toyota steering wheel

      Mercedes S-Class button shape and arrangement

      A Prius shifter

      A Hyundai-like nav arrangement
        • 5 Years Ago
        It seems like a fairly typical looking interior to me.

        I didn't know that Toyota owned the rights to four spoke steering wheels and that MB copyrighted the right to lay out interior buttons horizontally. I'm not even sure which Hyundai you're comparing the Nav too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You know what? You're probably right about the shifter, you're way off on the button thing though.

        As for the steering wheel, yes the shapes are nearly identical, but differentiable enough so that probably 99% of people would not associate it with Toyota, at least IMO.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Also, there's no such thing as copyrighting a button layout. Did you mean to refer to a design patent?
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