Would you buy a Buick Park Avenue Davos World Economic Forum 2011 Special Edition? No? GM China thinks the Chinese will disagree with you and will snap up the “Buick Park Avenue 2011 Boao Forum for Asia Special Edition.” What is a Boao Forum? Glad I asked. As CarNewsChina tells us, “the Boao Forum is an economic conference comparable to the famous Davos Forum but focused on Asia.” And now it gets complicated:
The 2011 Boao Forum will be held on 11 and 12 July in Perth, Australia. The official car for the Boao Forum is the Australian made Holden Statesman. The Made-in-China Buick Park Avenue is based on the Holden Caprice Statesman, which is a good enough reason for a Chinese special edition.
The Boao Forum Special Edition comes with a plushy interior with DVD-screens that pop out of the roof and pick nick work tables for the rear passengers. Then there are the sought-after ‘Boao Forum for Asia’ badges on the c-pillar, on the door stills and on the head rests. The Boao Forum Special will set you back 388.000 yuan ($59,755), only a little more than the plain vanilla Park Avenue. So if you are not on the Boao Forum guest list, show your neighbors you care about the world economy, and buy the Buick.
PS: Today is China Day at TTAC. Two reasons: 1. Ed confessed that he’s “Mr China”. It must be contagious. He spends 5 days with me and trades his passport. 2. TTAC today breaks down more often than a bottle jack bought at Harbor Freight.