Tuesday, April 18, 2006

A Yen for Cars

You know I am a car nut. This week I’ve been driving around the new Toyota Avalon Limited, which is not your grandpa’s Toyota. The next new automotive trend on the horizon is the arrival of Chinese-manufactured automobiles in the US.

One of the companies blazing that trail is Global Holdings International, Inc. which will carry a full line of Chinese-manufactured vehicles, inlcuding sedans, minis, sports coupes, SUVs, minivans, trucks, light trucks, buses, and heavy equipment. Global Holdings will compete with US automakers on various levels, including price point--most of its lineup will sticker-out at 30-50% less than comparable vehicles sold in the U.S.

Watch for nameplates carried by Global for vehicles from Brilliance, Foton Auto and Boading Tianma Auto. The Brilliance M1 sedan will begin a publicity tour of the United States starting in June.

The proof will be in the test drive…I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of a Chinese automobile, just to compare. I am told that within two-hours of driving one, you want to drive it again.

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