Chinese Set to Sample the Delights of Chrysler's Sebring
August 24th, 2007 9:52 AM Share
Chrysler is sending the Sebring to China. The Auto Channel tells us they're going to [s]inflict[/s] launch the critically panned midsize on the Chinese market in October, where it'll do battle against Camry, Accord and the new Ford Mondeo. The rental car companies needn't worry, though; they won't stop producing them here. They'll be building them in Beijing along side the 300C currently in production under a joint venture with Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co. You could say that sending the Sebring to China is fitting retaliation for the tainted dog food and lead-painted baby toys sent here, but I couldn't possibly comment.
Published August 24th, 2007 9:52 AM
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Popular Science has a very interesting in depth article on the Chine's clone factories and their rapid technological development. http://www.popsci.com/popsci/technology/e7e48a137b144110vgnvcm1000004eecbccdrcrd.html One of the dirty little secrets of the knock off business is that when the knock off artists get good enough, they are rewarded with production deals from established companies! You know the Chery clone of the Chevy Spark we here so much about? That is the very same company Chrysler just cut a deal with to make small cars. On one had the traditional companies send lawyers after the knock offs and on the other hand they turn around a buy from the same companies. It reminds me of the days when Iacocca was blasting Japanese imports in the press while buying engines from Mitsubishi on the side.
Adverts for these have just started hitting UK TV. Ok, so China tried to kill your dogs and children. What did we in the UK do to deserve it (excluding asking for taxes a while ago and so forth...;-)