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Chinese built SUV to be built in Mexico for US market

  • boe4fun

    Member
    August 15, 2022 at 10:46 am

    We went to mainland China (Jiangmund City) to visit my brother who was teaching English over there in 2004. At that time you could buy a Chinese made 125cc motorbike for $125 USD! Problem was shipping costs back to the states.

    • screeski

      Member
      August 17, 2022 at 6:26 am

      Do you remember the brand by chance? Some of those Chinese motorcycles are making some headway in the US market.

  • paranewbi

    Member
    August 15, 2022 at 1:59 pm

    Reading this triggered a memory that at the time of the negotiations a stipulation was inserted that a certain percentage of auto parts or assembly had to be sourced from US companies for qualifying importation. Not sure but it seemed this was to appease the US car production companies/unions.

    • paranewbi

      Member
      August 15, 2022 at 2:04 pm

      “The new trade deal, which replaces the 26-year-old North American Free
      Trade Agreement, will require 75% North American content for light
      vehicles compared to 62.5% under NAFTA and 40% content for such cars
      from “high wage” areas.The new trade deal, which replaces the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, will require 75% North American content for light vehicles compared to 62.5% under NAFTA and 40% content for such cars from “high wage” areas.”

      https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-autos-idUSKBN23F29Hhttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-autos-idUSKBN23F29H

      • tom-lindsay

        Member
        August 15, 2022 at 3:48 pm

        Isn’t “North American” Canada, Mexico or the US?

      • tom-lindsay

        Member
        August 15, 2022 at 3:50 pm

        So if most of the parts are manufactured in Chinese plants located INSIDE Mexico, wouldn’t they qualify as per your link?

  • screeski

    Member
    August 15, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    I wonder what the quality of their cars is like, how do they hold up? Baja is a very rough test for even the best made vehicles.

    • bajajeepers

      Member
      August 16, 2022 at 6:26 am

      That’s the question. I’d like to take it for a test ride.

    • BajaGringo

      Organizer
      August 16, 2022 at 8:45 am

      I never had the opportunity to drive one yet but friends that have tell me that their vehicles were full of problems a few years ago but are slowly improving. But before you criticize them too much, those Japanese brands like Nissan and Toyota that have stellar reputations in the car market today were considered terrible when they first hit the US market back in the 60’s.

      I’ll never forget a common term that circulated to describe them – “jap crap”.

      Nothing crappy about them today and I’d wager that we’ll see the Chinese make dramatic improvements to their car build quality as well over time.

  • SolSeeker

    Member
    August 15, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    But are they safe to drive? Airbags and such?

    • DB-Baja

      Member
      August 16, 2022 at 7:38 am

      I saw another video review of it and it said it has all the safety equipment but I am still not convinced this thing is really off road ready

    • BajaGringo

      Organizer
      August 16, 2022 at 8:46 am

      The vide review above stated their were some problems he encountered in his test drive and mentioned the brake system feeling weak and undersized for the vehicle weight.

      • RockyRoad

        Member
        August 16, 2022 at 2:29 pm

        Maybe in a nother 10 years.

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