Retaliatory Carmaking: Dongfeng Makes Ersatz Cadillac SRX. Thank You, Mr. President!

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
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A (hecho en Mexico) Cadillac SRX costs between $67,700 and $91,000 once it’s sold in China. It doubles its price compared to the U.S. because of a monster tariff in China. Soon, there will be a more affordable version. A much, much, much more affordable version. Except that it won’t be from GM.

The monster tariff was made in the U.S.A. The U.S. had enacted a hamfisted punitive tariff on Chinese tires. Not a single additional tire was produced in the U.S., instead tire production moved from China to Thailand. As a tit-for-tat, China slapped a retaliatory tariff on (mostly) American cars and trucks.

Now, the monster tariff helps sell Chinese trucks. A still nameless SUV will be sold by Chinese government-owned Dongfeng. It looks like a Cadillac SRX that had too hot a car wash and shrunk a bit. In China, it will go for between $12,600 and $18,900, says Carnewschina. It probably won’t take long until one can buy Cadillac SRX badges in China to do-up the Dongfeng.

Once you are on the inside, the trucklet will also look familiar. The inside looks like a last gen Kia Sorrento, Carnewschina says.

Dongfeng did not have to look far for inspiration and possibly tools and parts. The last-gen Kia Sorento is still made in China by a Dongfeng-Yueda-Kia joint venture.

To turn it even more into an international affair, the engine is suspected to be a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder from Nissan, Carnewschina says. This ubiquitous engine is can be found in many Nissan’s that are made by the Dongfeng-Liuzhou-Nissan joint venture. According to the usually well informed Carnewschina, “it is very unlikely that either Kia or Nissan know anything at all.”

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  • Forraymond Forraymond on May 28, 2012

    And Mr. President thanks you for the continued coverage of GM in non-GM related articles. I have to say you are quite creative in the many ways you do it. I miss your earlier work when you were speaking about your experiences and how, in your estimation, the industry works. I have to say I am not a fan of your constant GM bashing. It cheapens the site overall.

  • Commando Commando on May 28, 2012

    GM is not being picked on. Look at what GM has done, is doing, and plan to do. Their corporate culture inbreeding has been going on for so long and is entrenched so deeply, even the cockroach has evolved more pogessively.

    • Acd Acd on May 28, 2012

      Does it have anything to do with the 1%?

  • Art Vandelay I’d grab one of these if I’d spent my working life at GM for sure!
  • Analoggrotto The factory is delayed due to an investigation of a peter puffery ring lead by VoGhost, Tassos, EBFlex a Chevrolet Volt.
  • FreedMike Looking forward to the protests at the factory accusing Toyota of excessive woke-ism. First,, grooming. Lord help us all.
  • MrIcky I remember when Gladiators came out and everyone was shocked at how expensive they were. Now all the off road specials have caught up or passed it financially. I like this truck a lot, but I'd still take my Rubicon over this. I'd take this over the Ranger Raptor or Tacoma TRD though. When I found out the increase in track for the new TRD was just wheel offset-I knew they were just phoning it in. Why spend so much R&D on those stupid seats when you could have r&d'd longer arms or a front locker.
  • Alan Hmm, I see a bit of politicking here. What qualifications do you need to run GM or Ford? I'd bet GM or Ford isn't run by experienced people. Anyone at that level in an organisation doesn't need to be a safety whip, you need to have the ability to organise those around you to deliver the required results.