At Auto Show, Chinese Are Sidelined but Not Ignored

DETROIT — The basement of Cobo Center, where newcomers to the Detroit auto show are relegated, is drawing bigger crowds than usual this year.

That is the spot where Chinese
automobile manufacturers like Geely International and Guang Ming are
showing their vehicles, with names like Hifun and The Book of Songs.

These newcomers — along with Tata Motors
of India, which did not even have an exhibit at the show — came up in
dozens of conversations at the Detroit show, whose formal name is the
North American International Auto Show.

While the vehicles have
yet to go on sale in the United States — and it is unclear whether they
ever will — they have succeeded in stealing thunder from the array of
cars on display upstairs.

“In the next year to three years,
Chinese automakers don’t really pose any significant threat,” said
Jesse Toprak, director of industry analysis at, which gives
car-buying advice to consumers. “But the learning curve for the Chinese
automakers will be much, much faster than what we experienced with the
Korean and the Japanese automakers.”

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