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Big trucks just aren't appealing enough on their own, at least in some places. For proof, look to a Shanghai GMC dealer who is offering about three years worth of free gas to anyone who buys a new Sierra Denali. Too bad it'll take about 20 years to pay off the big truck.

The dealer is giving away five tons – about 2,000 gallons, worth around $8,000 in China – of petrol to new Sierra Denali buyers in China's largest city, according to The Detroit Bureau. The offer appears to be a nod to rising China gas prices, which are climbing towards levels similar to those in the U.S. now that the Chinese government is doing less to artificially keep gas prices down. Full-size trucks have been sold in China for about three years and are known to be status symbols in China, says The Detroit Bureau.

There is, of course, a catch. The Denali, unlike most General Motors vehicles sold in China, is built in the U.S., so the price tag is about $134,000, or almost three times what the model sells for in the States. Here's hoping a few free car washes come with those full tanks.


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      • 2 Years Ago
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        Bob
        • 2 Years Ago
        Nobody has the balls to tell them that. Walmart is there number one exporter. If the liberals who ran Walmart gave a crap about human beings they would tell china to man up and treat their people better. Then again Walmart knows NOTHING about treating people well. Rest in peace Sam. We miss you and your bring it home to the USA. HELPING YOU LIVE BETTER? NO!!! Helping CHINESE live better.
      Zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Chinese products should cost 3x what they cost here too. Ya know, level the playing field. See how fast TV factories will spring up in the good ol' USA.
        Burabus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        Or, you know, the production would just be moved to Thailand. Then the Phillipines. Then India. Then Pakistan. Then Africa. Etc etc etc.
          u
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Burabus
          Then why don't they move now? they're cheaper than China now.
        Thipps
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        Yea that would be great.....then no one could afford anything....yea that tv that was $999 last year is now over 3k.....Dude take economics 101
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thipps
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          Danrar
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thipps
          US manufacturing adds MUCH less than that to the cost of goods.
          Zoom
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thipps
          And unemployment would drop as manufacturing picked up. That Chinese TV would cost $3000, but an American-made one at $1300 (instead of the chinese one at 1000) would sell in its place.
          montoym
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thipps
          @ Sir Duke: While in a perfect world, you could do as you state, but we don't live in that perfect world. What happens in the real world is that you bid on a contract along with many others, if your bid is chosen, you get the job. Often the bids with the lowest cost are chosen becuase they cost less, same reason people like to buy things on sale. Well, how this comes down to manufacturing is that much of the cost of manufacturing comes down to the cost of the labor at that factory. If you chose to use only American manufacturing, your price for your bid will be higher than probably nearly everyone else's and you won't win many, if any, bids. Thus, your manufacturting company will have a hard time keeping people employed. How are you going to force people to pay the higher cost for your manufactured good when other, cheaper alternatives exist? Well over 100yrs of watching the manufacturing sector in the US decline should easily illustrate this. Cost is always the driving factor in the decline. Cheaper alternatives exist elsewhere and the manufacturing moves there. If you want to move manufacturing back here, we'll need to artificially raise the price of the imported goods which means that everyone will be paying more for everything. If you want to be able to support the higher wages of American manufacturing, then you also have to be OK with the higher cost of everything produced by that American manufacturing. It's not a free lunch.
          Sir Duke
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thipps
          Montoym: While most of your points are valid, you don't get to cherry-pick your facts. Cost of labor in most foreign countries were subsidized by governments. It was never a fair fight between an american and a chinese company. Classic example is the assembly of the iPod & iPhone. The final two bids fielded by Apple, came from an american and a chinese company. When Apple went to visit the facilities of the chinese company, there was a massive construction project going on next door. The Apple execs asked is they knew what the construction was for, their response was yes, those are the facilities we intend to use to assemble the iPhone. The chinese government knew that they were bidding on the contract, and built them a state of the art facility before they even knew the outcome. Guess who got the contract?
          Making11s
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thipps
          The added cost would be negligible. America's dirty little secret is that we don't have the skill to bring over manufacturing. Our workers aren't educated in the right areas.
          montoym
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thipps
          @ Sir Duke: Point me to a story (from a legit source) that talks about that, I'd be happy to read through it. Color me skeptical though, there's a reason that virtually everything we buy comes from China and it's not just because the Chinese are subsidising every manufacturer they have(though I admit they do that, but you think we don't?). It's largely because their labor prices are way, way cheaper. How is an American making $20+/hr going to convince a company to use them when they can get 10-20 Chinese workes to do the same job for the same $20/hr? Is that single American going to be 10-20 times more efficient? Hardly. You can wish for high-paying manufacturing jobs all you want, but they simply aren't going to come back. Not to mention that they were sent away because they were too expensive in the first place. What's funny about Apple as well is that they aren't using that cheaper Chinese labor to lower their prices for their consumers, no, instead it goes to line the pockets of Apple. They wouldn't be making billions of dollars per quarter if they were manufacturing all of their stuff here, believe that. Their profit margins are awesome and it's all thanks to that cheap Chinese labor. The company I work for does subcontract labor from both China and India currently and we do so because they can do the same work for a cheaper price. If the bid on our project is low enough that we can't make money on it here, it goes to one of the several subcontractors we have overseas and they can always undercut our cost. Not only can they undercut our cost, but they can do so while offering many more people than we can employ here. We have a single client who absolutely forbids off-shore subcontracting and their project is the most expensive one we do each year largely because of that. Most clients would rather pay the cheaper price instead. I admit that often the work done by these subcontractors is sub-par compared to what we can do here, but for a client that's price-sensitive, it's often the only option. And with the economy as it is right now, everyone is price-sensitive. It's driven many other companies in my industry out of business because they can't drop their costs enough to compete and they eventually go under. Does it suck, yeah, I wish China would stop being so protectionist and would let their money and energy costs fluctuate with the world market instead of being managed by government. Their prices would start to climb as well and make the rest of the world that much more competitive. It's happening little by little, but there's a long way to go. They can't continue to grow at a breakneck pace forever. But, until that occurs, there are few options, use them and offer cheaper prices or produce it here and sell it for more. You're not going to produce items here for the same price, it just won't happen, not with the labor costs being so different.
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        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        The taxes on these trucks are so high precisely because Chinese tires cost way more than they should-which is why nobody imports Chinese tires anymore here. And the US slaps a pretty hefty chicken tax on all truck imports anyway so we were doing it to other countries before they were doing it to us. They made the truck this expensive because we made their tires too expensive to import.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Making11s
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it just me or do we only export our bad habits?
        Bob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Making11s
        Yes. Our government tells us we can't smoke, drive pickups, etc but it is ok if others do. So please buy a hybrid while china experiences 12% economic growth in this "global recession" we just went through while enjoying cheaper gas and all our jobs burning coal into the night loading up cargo ships that pollute as much as all the cars on earth per year (15 of them equals all the cars) driving to work now in brand new Denalis with free gas on the hood as a dealer incentive. So enjoy the hypocrisy and thank the democrats for the insanity.
      sdvictor
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let me add that you do see a fair number of full size american SUVs and Pickups in China.
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sdvictor
        I have never seen an American pickup truck there. And that is after being their for around 6 months..... I have seen several Escalades and other SUV's along with a few Hummer's but never a pickup truck. Anything that does the work of a pickup truck there, I normally see the blue truck in several sizes, flat bed or dump truck along with the 3 wheeled blue trucks. I don't doubt you have seen them, just I have never seen them....
      guyverfanboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      The taxes and tariffs on foreign made goods is ridiculous! China is ripping off their own citizens!
      zzzzzz
      • 2 Years Ago
      So exactly who in China buys one of these trucks at this price? Chinese rap stars, maybe?
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      Slap a Buick grill on them, and they'll sell like hotcakes. I kid. I kid. Seriously, if they have to go to such lengths just to move the things, why bother? The demand for big pick-up trucks there obviously isn't that high, so why force the issue? If anything, that is a good thing. The last thing we should want is a country the size of China being hooked on the SUV and full size pickups the way we were in the 90s and 2000s.
      de boss
      • 2 Years Ago
      134,000 dollars, hmmmm ....looks like they keep their imports costs high so that they buy their own products.....and just like we do here in the USA....lol joke of course.. oh what a wonderful government we have, NOT! CLEAN HOUSE TIME in November ...out with the idiots...starting at the top please....new faces, smaller government, new ideas....a balanced budget ...my kids would like to retire too..
        diabalos76
        • 2 Years Ago
        @de boss
        we need to tear this gov down and rebuild it to only serve us commonmen/women. they should be here only to provide services we're too busy to handle on our own. november is only going to show us how everything will be the same if not worse in 4 more years.
      carnut122
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Free Trade" Just another way of saying we're going to export your job and make the stock-holders rich.
      XGX
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here is the tax tarriff breakdown: Import Duty: 25% VAT: 17% Variable Comsumption Tax (Based on Engine Size): 1% (for 1.0L) to >40% (for >4.0L) Purchasing Tax: 10%
      donabrdluv
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's free trade? Buy something in America made in China and it is cheaper. I say again. Free Trade?
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