Post Reply What are your thoughts on Korean car makers, and the new to the industry Chinese?
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Posted 11/9/09 , edited 11/9/09
Korean automakers have come a long way, at least in speaking in terms of the American market (not sure about other countries). Those old enough can remember the first Hyundai's and Kia's being... well, less than satisfactory. The quality was quit a ways behind already established Japanese, European and American cars. Now, they have come quit a ways and hold a great share in the automotive business.

I want to talk about Hyundai, they have suprised the automotive world with the release of the Genisis sedan and Genisis Coupe. The Genisis sedan is a luxury car at the level of considerably expensive BMW, Mercedes and Lexus automobiles; at considerably lower price (as low has half the cost, I believe...) It's great looking (in my opinion), same features as and able to out-perform cars almost twice its cost and argueably the best warranty in the industry (10 years, 100,000 miles)


The Genisis Coupe- the spiritual sucessor of the Nissan Silvia. The world gone for years without an entry level, turbo charged, Rear Wheel drive sports car (you can argue for the Solstice/Sky, but they are Roadsters-a different class, I think). Since the exploding popularity of drifting and circuit racing, affordable Rear Wheel drive has grown in favor over the now less favorable Front wheel drive platform. For a while, the only new Rear wheel drive cars were premium sports cars, beyond the budget of the majority of performance enthusiasts. The Genisis Coupe fills the gap and gives performance enthusiasts (like me ^_^) a reason to spend extra money for new performance car.


As for the Chinese automakers, I don't know much. From what I've seen they are just barely starting, and have mostly produced unoriginal and unimpressive designs; one being a full size truck (over 3500 pounds) powered by a small 4-cylinder engine.

They aren't very impressive, but they may get better the way the Korean manufacturers have.

My question to you guys and gals is what do you think of the Korean and Chinese car makers? Do you think Korean cars are still of lower caliber compared to European and Japanese cars? What are your thoughts on the success of the just barely starting Chinese makers? I want to know. ^_^
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Posted 11/10/09
Chinese automakers take every styling cues from european and japanese counterparts. Their revision of the Phantom is hideous.

Their other oddly styled cars may be a big hit for their commuters but i dont see them on US roads anytime soon or in the future. Lastly, the crash test ratings of most chinese cars wont even pass the restrictions of US.

http://gemssty.com/2006/10/29/top-10-copycat-cars/

I'm not too fond about Korean cars...but they have been looking a bit better compared to 10 years ago.
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Posted 11/16/09
well Chinese cars and Korean seen good and look nice but of all my 1st fav and top cars would be the Japanese cars love them
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Posted 11/20/09
nowdays also chinese cars enter Egypt

Chinese carmaker Chery Automobile announced that chery’s two car, A5 with a 1.6-liter engine and A6 with a 2.0-liter engine, would be assembled in Egypt. The lines were under the cooperation with Daewoo Motors Egypt (DME). According to the agreement, DME would pay for the use of Chery’s technologies and brand. The assembled Chery sedans would be sold in Egypt under a new name of Speranza


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Posted 11/20/09
China-made economical cars in Egypt



China-made Geely under an overpass in Cairo. Economical cars made by China such as Geely, Hafei and Chana are frequently seen in this city. Low priced and easy to use, they have attracted many local consumers.
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Posted 11/21/09 , edited 11/21/09
I read up on this-found interesting development http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6294151.stm There is going to be a real challenge from the East soon in Europe-actually,it looks to have begun!.Like Ranya,I think it will be successful with economical non performance cars(though I doubt Ford are anxious)but not much top of the range stuff-though,of course-you have mentioned some exceptions to the rule!
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