The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor has plenty of fans all around the world, but the desert-beating pickup is perhaps most popular where it can't be had at all: in China. The Detroit News reports gray market buyers in the Asian country are snapping up the trucks at the equivalent of $160,000, or nearly three times the MSRP here in the States. Analysts credit the boom to shifting consumer perceptions. Chinese buyers have typically view pickups as utilitarian tools instead of lifestyle purchases, but that's changing. The Detroit News reports buyers in China are showing more interest in specialty vehicles like the SVT Raptor.

Vehicles like those from General Motors' Hummer family laid the groundwork ten years ago, and when the Raptor bowed in 2010, Chinese enthusiasm for the truck exploded on the internet. Importers are so keen to demand for the pickups that they've imported too many – prices are just now beginning to fall from their lofty heights. China has no laws against importing vehicles, though prohibitive taxes discourage all but the nation's wealthiest individuals from shipping in foreign models.


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      Josh
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not surprised. These things sell like hot cakes in the NE region and I guarantee none of those FOX dampers have ever extended into their operation range at all.
      Maverick
      • 2 Years Ago
      And which are America's " prohibitive taxes"
      dodie1990
      • 2 Years Ago
      They will not let our goods in without a huge tariff and they flood us with their cheap garbage. Something wrong here?
      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      This could be Ford's halo vehicle in China if they play their cards right. Next, give them a Mustang and a newly designed Ford GT, and the Chinese will be lusting for fords for generations.
        ravatar252
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnb
        They'll be copying them soon enough, China does not recognize patents, or copyrights. State sponsored Piracy is the norm.
      mitchell
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wiser for them to come here and just buy one while visiting, then pay shipping costs to get it back home."
      ravatar252
      • 2 Years Ago
      That'll stop once they begin copying it for the home market.
      Lois
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they're so smart why are they paying such inflated prices?
      space
      • 2 Years Ago
      must be nice to not have any laws on importing.
        space
        • 2 Years Ago
        @space
        what? FORGIVE ME for wanting to get the last gen Focus I wanted that they have in freaking MEXICO! Good enough for them!
      Jason
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jason's Dream Garage (as of today): 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 2013 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster 2013 BMW 6-series Gran Coupe
      mt1975
      • 2 Years Ago
      A Ford No Matter the price is still JUNK, Us Americans can't produce any postive quality, just negative.
        boliviascs
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mt1975
        Biggest piece of junk ... that thing they call an NFL team in Kansas City.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mt1975
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        @mt1975
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      dmarrs7077
      • 2 Years Ago
      i dont understand who would even pay $50,000 for a ford
        mt1975
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dmarrs7077
        Some really dumb Americans do, and Dodge and GM as well, I can't understand it myself, I guess some people really like a game of will it start today, will it break down today, will it even get be to point B today, Who can I call for a push, ride or a tow? I remember those days of the PAST.
          boliviascs
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mt1975
          Even dumber Americans follow that team in KC that tries to pass itself off as a pro football team. Those are the real losers.
      Mercer
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just have a dreadful feeling that, sooner or later, Raptor will be the most stolen car in America.
        jameshouk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mercer
        Will never happen. There simply are not enough of the on street to out rank all the Camrrys that are available for the picking.
        Greg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mercer
        Nothing tops the Cadillac Escalade!
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