Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Chinese made BMWs coming up.

The Chinese Government has just authorized BMW to export its Chinese made cars (With the Chinese company Brilliance).
I had no idea they actually needed an OK from the Chinese government, but they did.
Cadillac, Buick and Volvo are already selling Chinese made cars in the US.
And the first Chinese built S90 sedans just arrived in Europe a few days ago.

So it's basically just a matter of time until most cars we drive come from China.
Many BMWs are already made in the US, so that "German made" image has been BS for a while now anyway.
In the end, it doesn't really matter.
As long as the cars are well built, I don't really care where they come from.

BMWs are not known for being reliable anyway, so the Chinese made ones might actually be an improvement...



Speaking of BMW, I've had the chance to drive a few of them recently and will post about that very soon.
3 series, 4 series, 5 series and i3.
I was really curious since I had never test driven them.

I had asked myself a few questions, like: is a 3 series really worth about $ 50 000?
Or :is a loaded 5 series worth almost $80 000?

Answers soon.



4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Chinese-made cars, although looking like ones made in Germany or Japan or Sweden, are not made by the company that owns the brand. They are Chinese-majority-owned shell companies that make over half the profits and control the quality ( so don't expect too much). These "joint ventures" producing "clones" of the real thing exist to steal foreign patents, ideas & technology by hiding under foreign brand names. This is not made in a BMW plant by BMW -- it's made in a Chinese-controlled plant that copies BMW specs (as best they can) with BMW's "O:K" in which BMW is paid a bit less than half the profits. If the plants do well, or the Chinese Govorment runs low on cash--they will simply take over these plants and few western customers will ever know or care. China is the business equivalent of the "Wild West" right now. As a prior BMW owner -- I would not buy these for the same reason I avoid Chinese Buicks & Volvos. I simply don't trust the safety quality. But that's just me. Caveat emptor.

Korean Car Mania said...

Will stay away from them. But the future of the German population in 20 years will be ruled by outsiders.

Anonymous said...

Love it. Lololol

Anonymous said...

LET ME SAVE YOUR BREATH VINCE. THEY ARE NOT WORTH THE PREMIUM. YOU CAN GET A 3 SERIES THESE DAYS WITH A FEW THOUSAND MILES FOR MID $30s. 3 SERIES IS AS COMMON AS HONDA CIVICS.