Saturday, November 24, 2007

The Auto Industry.... going to be turned on its head in the next couple years. Right now all the attention is on Toyota's sales surpassing GM, but it won't be like that for long. Car manufactors are starting to spring up in China and India like mushrooms, and it won't take them long to bust into the huge North American market, if it weren't for the huge amount of regulations they would be here already. Take this article from Business week:

Mexican retailer and banking chain Grupo Elektra said Thursday it plans to begin selling Chinese-made cars in Mexico early next year.

The company said in a statement that it was forming an alliance with one of China's biggest car manufacturers, the state-owned FAW Group Corp.

In addition to selling Chinese-made cars in Mexico and Central America, the agreement calls for producing cars at a $150 million plant to be built in the western Mexican state of Michoacan by 2010. The plant is expected to churn out 100,000 cars each year.

Elektra said the cars will be priced up to 10 percent less than the average for major competitors, "allowing the car market to incorporate a large segment of the population who, at this moment, aren't clients of the industry."

The low-cost retailer plans to use its Banco Azteca to provide financing. Grupo Electra has more than 1,700 stores in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, Panama, El Salvador and Argentina.

FAW group is based in Changchun in China's northeast and has joint ventures with Volkswagen AG and Toyota Motor Corp.

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