Vince BAIC and mercedes have been in bed along time together, trust me mercedes let this happen !!!As of 2010 Beijing Benz, BAIC's joint venture with German automaker Daimler AG, makes the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and E-Class models for sale in China and seeks to make more of the models it sells in China locally
Yet we will continue to buy their products.
Front and side is Benz the rear looks like the dodge journey and the shifter looks like something from vw
Like the difference between real food and wax food.
Okay.I actually like the Chinese version better!
Yeah Vince, the first anon was right. BAIC and Merc are in a partnership. Merc allows them to use the template for the design as a condition of their partnership.They can't get into the Chinese market without it, and the Chinese Market is where the big bucks are.
"Yet we will continue to buy their products."Not all of us!
They are simply following japanese and korean path into the car market. Although Chinese market is FAR more open to American/Europeam vehicles than korean/japanese market, ironically.
Consumers don't care that they copy someone elses design...Just get over it.
Both cars look like Kia's.
"Consumers don't care that they copy someone elses design...Just get over it."Correction, people who shop at Wal Mart and hoard rooms full of inferior merchandise don't care. Given that this is the norm for most of the pear shaped unwashed masses, you're probably right. The majority of people don't care. China is well suited to accommodate these types of people.
We are buying ourselves into a second rate nation. Ironically, we won't be able to pay the Chinese back when it's all over. Hail Wal-Mart.
"pear shaped" that is funny
I agree with the copy claim but it is not without the implicit blessings of the transplant auto manufacturers who are required to have Chinese auto companies as their partners. It won't be long once the technology transfer is complete, when we will be purchasing the majority of our auto parts from China.Remember, this is happening with the cooperation of major corporations, many of whom are American. How does this affect jobs here in the U.S.? and why are companies allowed to continue off-shoring jobs without penalties?and what are the consequences of allowing these same companies to get tax breaks for continuing this practice?
One should also care about what things like knockoff cars and crummy goods say about the Chinese. In basic, they don't give the world the same respect they demand we give them. It's very insulting.
"One should also care about what things like knockoff cars and crummy goods say about the Chinese. In basic, they don't give the world the same respect they demand we give them"They can demand whatever they want. They appear to be receiving the respect that they deserve. Frankly, they've proven to be a cheap manufacturing culture. They cut corners and steal when they don't think anyone is looking. And no one relies on them for much more than their ability to assemble something thats been designed somewhere else.
Copy the F430!!! Do it now China!!!
GumGum pop-up adds are incredibly annoying. I know the US is broke and will felate for food these days, but surely there's a limit...somewhere?
Although Chinese market is FAR more open to American/Europeam vehicles than korean/japanese market, ironically.The Chinese are #1 at blatently stealing engineering, designs, everything that isn't nailed down (like patents). Korea is #2. Japan & europe may imitate; but they don't outright steal.So when all the innovations have been stolen from the US, Europe & Japan; and those 3 no longer make any money inventing, who is going to do all the "hard work"? The innovation, problem-solving, creating? I sure wouldn't look to China. A Bureaucratic Socialist Dictatorship is hardly a hotbed of creative innovation & invention.
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