Chinese Cars: Bring Out The Stop Signs!
Posted by admin on 06/03/2009
If you enjoyed poisoned dog food, lead painted toys and toxic drywall, then China has the car for you! It's the government-owned Chery Automobile - stolen designs, flimsy construction - and desperately trying to come to a dealer near you. Click here to watch it crumple like a piece of tin foil in a test that would be entertaining if it weren’t so horrifying. The first Chery cars rolled off the line in the late 1990s and like many other technology-based products from China, Chery’s designs were stolen, notably from other carmakers, including Daewoo and Chevy. Chery produced 410,000 units in 2008. Soon to be the largest carmaker in the world, Chery sells or manufactures autos in China and over 50 countries, but they still do not meet standards oin Japan, Europe and the U.S. Both GM and Chrysler have negotiated with Chery in a bid to bring a model to the U.S., but as part of its concession package with the United Auto Workers, GM agreed – for now – not to import the Chery. Chery’s negotiations with Chrysler fell through late last year, but Chinese carmakers have noted publicly they are still actively pursuing strategies for entering the U.S. market. Illegal government subsidies to Chinese manufacturers are enormous and the car industry is no exception. Carmakers start up costs were absorbed by the government and it is currently receiving huge subsidies from several central government agencies. Layer on billion of dollars of steel subsidies before cars even hit the assembly line, and no other carmakers in the world can compete on a level playing field with China’s artificial prices. China’s illegal subsidies, labor abuse, lax adherence to environmental regulations, and currency manipulation leave U.S. manufacturing running up a rocky hill barefoot with an elephant strapped to its back. Cheating does get you there faster – China sold 1.1 million cars in March, finally exceeding U.S. sales - and the Chinese government has set a goal of 10 million units for its manufacturers in 2009. With its aggressive market strategy and its April Shanghai Auto Show becoming “the place to be seen” almost overnight for Chinese, pan-Asian and western car manufacturers, China is currently the greatest force in global auto sales. Even billionaires Warren Buffett and George Soros are actively seeking to invest in its great leap forward into substandard cars. Based on history and crash testing, driving a Chinese car is roughly equivalent to adding wheels to a dishwasher and expecting it to survive a collision. At over 100,000 deaths per year, China leads the world in traffic fatalities. Let’s not wait for the cars to arrive in our ports - there is no time like the present for American consumers and policy makers to preemptively block these un-safe, spawn-of-cheating cars from darkening the doorstep of American roadways.
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