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328IScreamer
01-20-2009, 07:41 PM
I went to the detroit auto show yesterday without very high hopes given the current economic state and was still disapointed. Last year the bmw drivers lounge was pretty sweet anyone who saw it would most likely agree. It was on a loft that overlooked the entire autoshow this year it was in a tiny back room. The BMW area itself was ok but didn't have close to all the models and was very simple compared to last years.
All other manufactures were pretty much the same, very simple. Everone seemed to do away with flashy eye catching exibits and just went with parking cars at rnadom on the floor.
One new comer this year was the new chinease auto manufacturer....their name escapes me but man did those cars ever look like shit. They even have a car called the m3 ehich is their "sportier" car. Don't understand how they are getting away with that.
I do have pics but they are much to big to post and am unsure how to do it otherwise

craigIS
01-20-2009, 09:11 PM
thats sounds not good.....

maybe i should be glad i didnt go this year?!

BMW_7
01-20-2009, 09:18 PM
Was it Brilliance? They are coming to the US in 2010 I think

According to Motor Trend, which broke this story, Brilliance plans to ship its, “…BS6 midsize sedan, BS4 compact car, BC3 sport coupe, and FRV hatchback” to Detroit. No Brilliance model currently meets US safety and emissions standards, a requirement before these models can be shipped to the US. According to the MT article Brilliance is insistent that these vehicles will by the end of this year. It's too early to tell. I mean look at the Hyundai Genesis. It broke all reacords.

Should Brilliance succeed in getting their cars to pass stringent American safety and pollution regulations, we could see 1986 all over again. That is the year when Hyundai entered the US market with its $3700 Excel, a car based on an aged Mitsubishi platform. That model sold well, but also revealed a then glaring problem with Hyundai cars: they were junk.

Likely, Brilliance models will be priced lower than anything else on the market, though government regulations and international exchange rates could make it difficult for the company to go too low without losing money. Unlike Hyundai, which even then had the capacity to build and ship many more cars then what Brilliance can manufacture today, the automaker isn’t likely to flood the US market.

Maybe all Americans need to do is get out of their SUVs and into a cheap Chinese car :)

summit425
01-20-2009, 09:23 PM
I was there last year and BMW lounge was pretty sweet.

BMW_7
01-20-2009, 09:30 PM
Brilliance BS6

http://photos.autoexpress.co.uk/images/front_picture_library_UK/dir_422/car_photo_211250_7.jpg



I wonder how they can fix this :D

source: autobild.de - http://www.autobild.de/aktuell/meldu...tikel_id=14437

Only one of five stars.

BMW_7
01-20-2009, 09:31 PM
Was this the Brilliance M3?

http://www.autoreview.ru/archive/2006/23/china_salon/pix/brilliance/1%20m3/_mg_1311_750.jpg

dtthiaga
01-21-2009, 10:20 AM
I think they have fixed the car a bit, but the second crash test in Spain has no sunroof.
So, if you buy one of these, don't get the sunroof. :)

http://www.autoblog.com/2007/09/14/video-the-brilliance-bs6s-3-star-crash-test/

It got 3 Stars now in Spain (But Car tested has no sunroof).

Given the economy, for the next few years, I think I will try to buy cars built in Ontario only, and from non union plants. Thankfully, there are a few Imports built here.

I wouldn't really touch this car, even as a winter beater unless China opens up a manufacturing plant in Canada.