By on November 1, 2010

Ever heard of a Chinese city by the name of Ordos? Neither have I, and it’s my sixth year in China by now. Google maps says it is in Inner Mongolia, China, halfway between the buzzing cities of Hohot and Yinchuan. Ordos just started its 2010 International Auto Show, going from September 30 to October 4. And what do they sell there, you ask, ox carts?

Prepare to be blown away.

An all-new Bugatti Veyron worth $5.7m (including tax, title and registration in China) lasted less than an hour at the show in the hinterest of China’s hinterlands before it was sold. A $2.2m Maybach, two Lamborghinis, and five lesser Bentleys followed on the same day. Shen Qi, senior network development manager of Bentley China immediately announced that Bentley will open new dealerships in inner Mongolia in the next 18 months. Inner Mongolia is China’s Alaska – without the oil (but with a lot of coal.)

Ever heard of Chengdu? At the recently ended 2010 Chengdu Auto Show, 317 luxury cars were sold, some worth millions of dollars, along with of 5,326 other cars. Bentley cleared $6m at the show, selling three Bentley Mulsannes, five Bentley Continentals, and an unspecified number of Bentley Continental Flying Spurs. Eight Lamborghinis, Rolls Royce and Aston Martin cars, were sold also.

What’s going on? Aren’t the rich people living in Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou? Not true. According to McKinsey& Co, by 2015, 75 percent of China’s rich will live in China’s second- and third-tier cities.

Goldman Sachs also predicted that the number of luxury consumers in China will grow from the current 40 million to 160 million in the next five years, with a majority of these people living in the second- and third-tier cities.

Sales of luxury brands such as Bentley, Ferrari, Maserati, Rolls Royce, etc. are growing rapidly in China’s second- and third-tier cities like Tianjin, Ordos, Xi’an, Dalian, Xiamen, Chongqing. China’s booming economy has provided more people with opportunities to amass enormous wealth, along with greater purchasing power, Global Times reports.

  • Bentley wants to more than double its sales in China to 1,000 units in 2011.
  • Rolls Royce saw its China sales surge 146 percent in the first five months.
  • China was Maserati’s 4th largest market in the first quarter of this year. In the next few years, China is likely to become its second and even first market, Maserati figures.
  • Lamborghini should have no problem achieving their sales target of 100 units for 2010.
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9 Comments on “Cars To China’s Countryside: Bugatti, Maybach, Bentley, Lamborghini, Maserati, Rolls Royce...”

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    M 1

    Amazing what selling boatloads of crap-quality trinkets to clueless pricetag-focused westerners can accomplish, eh?

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      That’s how Japan, Taiwan and South Korea did it.  In the 50’s South Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world – poorer than even Africa.  Today it’s one of the richest.

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    Meanwhile the greater population still can’t afford those ox carts.

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    I heard that Ordos (the new expansion part) is a ghost town (all new real estates with no one living there)…

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    One time at 10 PM in Chongqing (arriving on a bus from Chengdu as a matter of fact) I saw sparks raining down from welding on structural steel on a construction site. Our guide told us the Chinese take great pride in finishing construction projects on time.

    Yes they pretty much ignore their environment, and those welders might be desperate for money rather than fat-cat journeymen enjoying double golden-time paychecks. But it’s still kind of wonderful to see what human energy can accomplish.

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      Speaking of getting things done on time: Construction on the high speed railroad from Shanghai to Beijing, 800 miles long, was started tow years ago. It was scheduled to open in 2012. Two weeks ago, it was on the news that they are one year early and will open this coming year ,,,

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      Don’t mean to go all rail-buff on you, but the Quinzang railroad to Lhasa is an astonishing engineering achievement, more impressive in a way than Three Gorges Dam. Some Wikipedia facts:
      “The line includes the Tanggula Pass, which, at 5,072 m (16,640 feet) above sea level, is the world’s highest rail track. The 1,338 m Fenghuoshan tunnel is the highest rail tunnel in the world at 4,905 m above sea level. The 4,010-m Guanjiao tunnel is the longest tunnel from Xining to Golmod and the 3,345-m Yangbajing tunnel is the longest tunnel from Golmod to Lhasa. More than 960 km, or over 80% of the Golmud-Lhasa section, is at an altitude of more than 4,000 m. There are 675 bridges, totalling 159.88 km, and about 550 km of the railway is laid on permafrost.”

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