For many years, U.S. automakers warned against the red menace of millions of cheap Chinese cars flooding a helpless American market. It never happened. What finally got the Chinese export machine going a little bit was GM, which started shipping Made-in-China Chevrolet Sails. The Sails convinced buyers around the world that those Chinese cars aren’t as bad as thought, and now China exports around 5 percent of its production. GM expects to export between 100,000 to 130,000 vehicles from China this year, and wants to more than double the number by 2015.
Ford chief Alan Mulally today joined the ranks of people calling for increased Chinese car exports. He’s ready to export Fords from China.
“I think it’s just a matter of time,” Mulally said when Bloomberg asked about Ford exporting from China. “Over time, all of our facilities are positioned so we can support all the markets around the world from any location.”
Remember: Their red menace bad. Our red menace good.
(Due to popular demand, we continue in our series of government-sponsored propaganda posters. No need to point out that they are not PC. That’s why we pick them.)