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Chinese Automakers Struggle to Pull Off American Dream

By Zheng Lichun, An Limin and Fran Wang
A hostess stands next to a Volvo S90, which is displayed at a panel discussion about self-driving cars at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, on April 7, 2016. Photo: Visual China
A hostess stands next to a Volvo S90, which is displayed at a panel discussion about self-driving cars at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, on April 7, 2016. Photo: Visual China

(Beijing) – In June 2002, a U.S.-bound shipment of 252 compact sedans made by Tianjin Automobile Industrial Group Co. Ltd. was hailed in China as a landmark achievement.

Finally, it seemed, a domestic manufacturer had pried open the highly competitive American auto market.

However, a Chinese media investigation later revealed that Tianjin Automobile’s low-cost Xiali cars would not be sold in the United States at all, but through an American distributor to buyers in South America, the Caribbean, and Africa.

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