Someone call Homeland Security: Large segments of Americans (if we still can call them that) are willing to spend hard-earned dollars on (are you ready for that?) CHINESE cars. Market research company GfK Automotive’s did its annual Barometer of Automotive Awareness and Imagery, and found that a whopping 38 percent of the respondents would consider buying a Chinese car. Indian cars? A little less, but 30 percent ain’t nothing. That’s amongst all respondents. Once you get to Gen Y consumers, you’ll see wholesale desertion to the enemy.
Says the study:
“The openness to purchasing a Chinese and Indian vehicle is highest among Gen Y consumers, with 52 percent saying they are open to a vehicle from a Chinese automaker and 41 percent saying they are open to a vehicle from an Indian automaker.”
Imagine that. The cars aren’t even on U.S. shores, and especially basement dwellers are ready to buy them – even worse, with dad’s money.
India’s Economic Times (tip’o’the keyboard to Chinacartimes) of course gets it all wrong and writes that “the majority of American consumers are not open to buying a car from a Chinese or Indian manufacturer.” If 38 percent of all respondents and more than half of the Harry Potter Generation already are ready to abandon our hard fought freedom to buy American, Japanese, German and the occasional Korean cars, and cross lines to products of the vehicular dens of iniquity, then things are going down the drain, fast.
Said Don DeVeaux, managing director, GfK Automotive:
“When a relatively unknown auto brand enters the market, potential buyers are going to have some initial scepticism without a frame of reference into the company’s history and differentiators from other brands. Quality and repair support are critical factors that potential buyers evaluate before purchasing a new vehicle, and without an established history in the United States, Chinese and Indian manufacturers need to overcome the lack of knowledge of their brands among potential new buyers.”
But once they have their nose under the tent … Where is Glenn Beck when we need him?