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We get gadgets, clothes and even car parts from China, but when will we see a car from China sold on our shores? The answer is “very soon.”

Get ready to welcome the made-in-China 2016 Volvo S60L as the first mainstream Chinese car to be sold in the US. Surprised to see a Volvo made in China? Don’t be, as the Swedish company was bought by Geely, a Chinese automaker, in 2010.

Essentially a stretched version of the S60 with more rear seat space, the S60L will hit the U.S. next year, although exact timing has yet to be confirmed.
Why is the Volvo S60L the only Chinese Car to hit the US market, and what else can we expect from Chinese automakers?
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Guess so; I had no idea a chinese maker purchased them that long ago; that's interesting, but does say they currently aren't made in china, just the next model will be.

10/10 guarantee they will devour and ruin the brand.

Top Gear did that test you know on Chinese cars, and the coppycat chinese cars.
I can guarantee no one will want those, except for a replacement geo metro.

Apparently they're built to last though, even if they are stupid cheap.
Top Gear Australia did a test on a chinese car, and they rant it on a track for a full 24 hours or something like that.
Kept running.

Was still a complete POS of a car though.

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In my frequent travels, one of my seatmates was a retired dealer from Ohio who moved to South America after he sold his dealerships. He still comes to the US frequently to look after his many investments, mostly real estate.

He commented that he owns a couple of Chinese cars that stay at home for him and his South American family. his comment was that he sees nothing wrong with them, and when they finally jump all the hurdles for import into the US they will do well.

That's only a sample of one user, but he is a retired dealer and has reasonable knowledge of cars.

I remember reading shortly after Geely bought Volvo, the new owners requested a bigger car, and the Volvo executives had to give them the painful news that they didn't have such a car. It looks like Geely wanted it bad enough to perform the engineering necessary and build it. They see a market in China and elsewhere. At this point, the stretch S-60 is only Volvo built in China, but if they can do the S-60 successfully, they can build any Volvo. Buying Volvo and their engineering staff has given them a tremendous advantage. I'm waiting for the other shoe(s) to drop.
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I'm skeptical. China has a reputation of making cheap, low-quality knockoffs and counterfeits. I don't see many people trusting the lives of the children to a Chinese car.


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Yeah; the way I see it, even though China is putting out cars that are... not exactly well put together, but seem to take a beating...

Putting a brand that is 100% synonymous with the word safety.

Can't end well for the brand.
It just can't.

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It will definitely be interesting to see how Volvo does with Chinese ownership. So far the Chinese seem to be staying out of the way design and development wise. That could change. I hope it doesn't.

On a side note, Volvo recently announced that they will be the first to sell a car in the US that uses both a supercharger and a turbo. The engine will always be in boost. The drive to the supercharger shuts off and doors close to isolate it once there is turbo boost. Very interesting idea. Volvo should be able to execute it well.

And make no mistake in judgement about Chinese quality. It is getting better. The first cars from Japan and Korea were really trashy, and see where they are now.

A big factor that may keep them out longer than many realize is how much is being consumed in their own economy, and how rapidly they are growing. That could be an even bigger factor in when they start sending us cars.

I'm optimistic for Volvo, but time will tell.

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They will do well.

It's a tough market but with our regulations on safety.. If they aren't met it won't import. If they pass and price is right.. Why not!
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They will do well.

It's a tough market but with our regulations on safety.. If they aren't met it won't import. If they pass and price is right.. Why not!
Yeah, I was going to say something to that effect.

If they can meet the safety regs, then why not? More competition can't hurt.
They're going to really have to impress to succeed though, because like others said, they're starting with an absolutely horrible reputation. Even if it delivers the exact same thing that everyone else already delivered, nobody is going to want to be "that guy" that bought a chinese car. Kind of like Kia back before the Forte Koupe.


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nobody is going to want to be "that guy" that bought a chinese car. Kind of like Kia back before the Forte Koupe.
That is... unless no body in the market actually knows they're being made in China.

Just as how a lot of "japanese" cars are made in the US.

A large amount of Hyundais are made in Alabama; not many people knew that.

We'll see.
I'm skeptical, but only because Volvo is such an important brand, one miss-step can really topple the brand.

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