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    GAC Puts the Brakes On Entering the U.S.

      ...Damn you trade war!...

    Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. (GAC) made a big splash at the Detroit Auto Show this year with a number of models destined for the U.S. The plan at the time was to begin talking with dealers at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in March, with sales to follow early next year. But GAC has postponed plans of coming to the U.S. due to the trade war.

    In a statement issued to Bloomberg, GAC said “the escalation of China-U.S. trade frictions” and distribution “uncertainties” had made them decide to put their plans on hold. It's unclear how long this postponement will last, but it will likely be some months - maybe years.

    Many Chinese automakers have made pronouncements to sell vehicles in the U.S. for over a decade, with none coming to shore. As Automotive News notes, Chinese Automaker Zotye as recently as this month was still recruiting dealers and planning to begin sales in the U.S. late next year. Bloomberg reached out to other Chinese automakers,

    • Great Wall: No immediate comment on whether or not it plans on adjusting its plans to coming to the U.S.
    • Lynk & Co. (under the Geely umbrella): Spokesperson said they are "evaluating" plans for North America

    Source: BloombergAutomotive News (Subscription Required)

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    GAC vehicles, aside from the strong smell of adhesive inside them, seemed like reasonably well put together cars. I'd rate them as "two generations of Kia ago" for interior quality.  They certainly have potential.

    Oh, and technically, Geely is already here under the Volvo name.

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    On 5/22/2019 at 8:51 PM, Drew Dowdell said:

    GAC vehicles, aside from the strong smell of adhesive inside them, seemed like reasonably well put together cars. I'd rate them as "two generations of Kia ago" for interior quality.  They certainly have potential.

    Oh, and technically, Geely is already here under the Volvo name.

    Wonder about the test crash worthiness myself....

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