When three Chinese automakers made a splash at last week's Frankfurt Motor ShowChrysler Group's Joe Eberhardt took notice. While only one of the three has product in Europe and none have yet to come to the United States, Eberhardt, in a chat with The Car Connection, felt their presence at Frankfurt was "daunting" and expects them to become prime contenders in the coming years. As a reference, Japanese companies such as Toyota took 20 years to entrench themselves as competitors to domestics and Korean manufacturers took only 10 — with that half-life, Chinese companies will be global competitors in just a few years.

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