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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-10-2007, 04:05 AM Thread Starter
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Wink Mercedes in China

I took some photos inside the Mercedes Benz dealer in Shanghai. He owns a Caterpillar dealership on one side of the compound and Benz on the other side. The photo shows the price in yuan and the conversion rate puts the S300 at $140K.

E classes are manufactured in Shanghai. Check out the hottie salesperson.
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In my country S350 sell about B$198 000 or US$140k..
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E classes are manufactured in Shanghai.
I find that somewhat distressing...
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What distresses me is that they are not cheaper, considering the low cost of labor. ??? What a rape! Soon Shanghai will be making it's own Mercedes... Oh, wait! They already are!
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I believe the tariffs are pretty stiff for autos in China and worse for the foreign makes.
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Yea its because they have import duties or their government is trying to protect the local auto industry from importers and protect concessionaires.

Its sick what these mafias can do.

In Ivory Coast where i also reside, the concessionaires have corrupted the govt. so much that, to import a car, you pay 44% of the price you paid for the car for duties and tariffs .

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Regardless of where the car was made, its still considered an import. Its made in SHanghai yes, but its still an import. DOes that make sense to you?
Those type of govts. are mafias. I heard Singapore is the worst, they pay up to $100K USD for Honda Civics.

The best places to buy and drive cars are the Middle East, some parts of Africa and the USA. Countries with no tax or duties on car imports.

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Not only do they protect their industry against import but in addition they expect their stuff would need to travel free. Especially if you have local production that gains free (at least to some extent free) access to the local market, they expect an equivalent or a multiple amount of production from this factory being exported.

I'm not aware of the MB factory if it is only compiling cars from German (or where ever they come) parts. I know at some point certain products were first made ready at a Western production line, then put to parts by a subcontructor, to be reconstructed in China. Only this way the products were locally produced. And it was simpler for the Western production line to first produce ready products than making specific arrangements to avoid the final assembly. Things now are different, full prodcution is done in China.

At least it takes some time before they have cars of their own instead of MBs to reflect high status, like for a hotel I visited some time ago. They had two W221 cars in front, one was not present for my photo.

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Not only do they protect their industry against import but in addition they expect their stuff would need to travel free. Especially if you have local production that gains free (at least to some extent free) access to the local market, they expect an equivalent or a multiple amount of production from this factory being exported.
Well you can't call them fools... its profitable for their homegrown industry.
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Well you can't call them fools... its profitable for their homegrown industry.
No, I consider our leaders fools when they accept this. They assume we gain more from the potential future export.
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