Jul

6

 Something about communist countries making cars reminded me of this one and how so many ended up in dumpsters or were recycled into who knows what. How about resurrecting a hybrid Trabant? Lawnmower racing anyone?

"…With a body made of fiber-reinforced plastic, known as Duroplast, the Trabant really has more in common with a lawn mower than with a modern car. With its two-stroke engine, it accelerates from zero to 60 miles an hour in a leisurely 21 seconds." 

Allen Gillespie writes:

You just better make sure it comes with a great roadside assistance plan. US cars lost to the Japanese when they lost the perception of quality. Quality car companies are profitable (Porsche, BMW, etc.). Everyone thinks it is about costs, but it is really about costs relative to quality. High costs with bad quality makes for bad business. Low cost with low quality make for poor business. And high quality with low costs equals great business. As my tech guys tell me you can have it:

1) Right
2) Cheap
3) Fast

Pick two.


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  1. Gregory Herder on July 6, 2007 9:54 am

    To draw a comparison between Chinese cars and Trabants is a nonsense. A far more sensible comparison would be to compare them with for example a Hyundai Equus or Lexus. Many of the Chinese cars have advanced features such as remote starting and heating/cooling (for those not wealthy enough to have a driver). I live in China, where on a daily basis Chinese made cars endure amongst the most dangerous driving conditions in the world. To make comparisons between products of modern China and the Cold War Eastern Bloc countries is reactionary and insulting to the Chinese people (who have cut a swathe through American and European industry.)Were I to single out countries whose products and services are synonomous with everything awful I would begin with Australia and the UK.

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